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Link Between B Vitamins, Heat Cycles and Energy

By Tom Stock

June 15, 2022

*This post is sponsored by Breeder’s Edge®

The link between vitamin deficiency and reproductive challenges is one that is often overlooked in cat and dog breeding. Vitamins play an essential role in the reproductive cycle of dogs and cats.  Irregular heat cycles can be caused by a vitamin deficiency.

Importance of B Vitamins

B vitamins are also necessary for energy production in the body which is required for reproductive health. Without sufficient energy, the body cannot produce hormones and ultimately support conception. Proper nerve function and cell energy are also dependent on healthy levels of B vitamins. And because B vitamins are water soluble, they are not stored by the body so they must be replaced daily.

Breeder’s Edge® B Strong™ contains eight water-soluble B-complex vitamins: thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B12, biotin (vitamin B7) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). These vitamins function as coenzymes that help the body obtain energy from food.

How They Help Dog Breeding

Thiamine (vitamin B1) has been shown to be important for the growth and development of cells in the body. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is involved in energy production and aids in the formation of hormones. Folic acid (vitamin B9) helps promote red blood cell formation and has been shown to lower the risk for neural tube and midline birth defects, improve the environment for the developing egg, and is associated with improved chances of pregnancy and reduced risk of ovulatory infertility.

Breeder’s Edge B Strong contains B vitamins that are important in the formation and function of red blood cells. For example, a deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause anemia in dogs (low red blood cells). Females experiencing a heavy vaginal discharge, or a cycle is just not “normal” could be caused by underlying anemia. A B vitamin supplement such as B Strong should be given to support the rebuilding of her red blood cells. 

B Strong also contains zinc, an antioxidant and an essential mineral, responsible for proper cellular function, immunity, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. It’s also necessary for healthy growth and development, from pregnancy through adulthood. Iron is included to support blood building. These nutrients are added at a lower level to supplement the existing diet.

Vitamins, specifically B-complex vitamins, have been shown to help reproductive health and energy levels in breeding dogs and cats. Combined with a proper diet, Breeder’s Edge B Strong provides the B-complex vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help maintain proper nutrition and support good health.

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