Ascorbic acid is a nutrient that is synthesized within the bodies of dogs and cats and plays a critical role in the function of many different cellular activities. When administered intravenously, ascorbic acid becomes much more bioavailable, or accessible, to be utilized by the body’s cells. Intravenous ascorbic acid is well tolerated at doses over 100 times what can be administered orally, as these high doses would cause vomiting or diarrhea if administered by mouth.
Ascorbic acid has been studied for various roles in different cellular processes and activities. Some of these reported roles include;
Because of Vitamin C’s role in so many protective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions within the body, this treatment can be used as a part of many multimodal treatment plans for a number of conditions. Dr. Pope most routinely uses Vitamin C in her cancer patients for the potential antitumor activity, however, many conditions could incorporate high dose Vitamin C as part of the treatment plan, including;
When performed by an experienced, and appropriately trained practitioner, risks are minimal and treatments are well tolerated and enjoyable by our patients. Because IV Nutrient Therapy is still considered investigational in companion animals, Dr. Pope ensures complete blood work and medical record review are performed and the treatment is considered safe and appropriate before prescribing. Patients are monitored closely during infusions, as gradual dose increases are recommended to ensure all patients tolerate the treatment well. Pets with a history of calcium oxalate bladder stones or decreased kidney function may require dose changes or additional testing prior to infusions.