Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that plays important roles in within the body. It helps with the function of the brain and nervous system, cell growth, metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, and red blood cell formation. Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is not made by the body and must be supplied by food or supplements. Having a lack of B12 can lead to other health problems. Both dogs and cats can develop a deficiency to this vitamin. It can also occur in those dogs and cats with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition which prevents the proper digestion and absorption of nutrients from food due to a lack digestive enzymes in the pancreas. Animals suffering from EPI become deficient in multiple nutrients including vitamin B12. This is because they cannot absorb it from the food they eat. Some common signs include weight loss, anemia, lethargy, and decreased appetite. If you suspect your pet has a deficiency, talk with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may prescribe Vitamin B12 injections or a supplement like Cobalequin.
B12 supplements are used to help increase and maintain vitamin levels in animals with deficiency, anemia, pancreatic insufficiency, and other conditions. They may be given as a one-time treatment by your veterinarian or prescribed routinely to help maintain your pet’s levels. Cobalequin is a supplement for dogs and cats that contains cobalamin, a form of vitamin B12. It helps increase and maintain levels of vitamin B12, and replace nutrients missing from your dog or cat’s regular diet. Cobalequin comes in a tasty, chicken flavored, chewable tablet making it easier for you to give than at-home injections.