IS THE VITAMIN K3 THEY’RE PUTTING IN PET FOOD SAFE ? THE ANSWER IS NO !

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on July 8, 2011

Vitamin K3 is a synthetic version of Vitamin K.  In fact, technically Vitamin K3 -also known as menadione- isn’t a vitamin but a potentially toxic  precursor. It’s being added to commercial pet foods and that’s not a good thing.   K1 and K2 are natural forms of vitamin K.

So what about synthetic vitamin D3? Is it good for our pets? Research in Germany shows that K3 damages the natural vitamin K cycle, weakens the immune system, is toxic to liver cells, disturbs the level of calcium ions in the body, is toxic in high doses and causes allergic reactions.

So why is this compound added to some pet foods? The common reply is that it is to help with blood clotting. Yet it is proven that menadione has a very inferior ability to assist in blood clotting while healthy K1 and K2 are available in alfalfa, kelp, liver and fish and other plant foods. Deserving Pets VITAL VITIES has both concentrated alfalfa juice and K1 in the mix.

If you have a dog with allergies, start looking for vitamin K3 also called menadione sodium bisulfate, menandione dimethylprimidinol bisulfate or any combination thereof that has the word menadione in it. Some manufacturers leave out the word ‘menandione’ and you see only dimethlylprimadinal sulfate listed. Thoroughly research any item with an ingredient list that claims a ‘source of vitamin K’ and contact the manufacturer if you have any questions.

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