Ingredients A to Z: Biotin in Dog Food
What is biotin?
Biotin is water soluble B vitamin that is essential for protein and fatty acid metabolism. Water soluble means that the body will not store excess amounts which are eliminated during urination.
Common names for biotin
Some common names for Biotin include vitamin B-7, vitamin H, and vitamin H or coenzyme R.
Why is Biotin included in dog food?
Biotin is included in dog food as a vitamin supplement to help a dog metabolize proteins and fatty acids. It is also added for ‘supplemental’ benefits (see below).
Common benefits or risks of biotin
There are many benefits of biotin including protein and fatty acid metabolism, it supports a healthy nervous system, and may help with the treatment of itchy skin and dry coat.
Miscellaneous facts about biotin
Biotin can be found in most sources of the B vitamins (e.g. meat, fish, eggs) but is found in higher concentrations in foods like swiss chard, leafy green vegetables, brewer’s yeast, sardines, and liver.
Biotin is often included in human skin care products due to its reputation that it helps keep skin healthy.
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