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What Is Canine Red Cell Supplement Used For?

By Jane Meggitt | Updated September 26, 2017

If your working dog needs a little "boost," Canine Red Cell supplement can give it to him. Manufactured by Farnam, this liquid supplement tastes like beef liver and is quite palatable. While it's often given to canines with jobs for extra energy -- such as herding, hunting and field dogs -- it also benefits older dogs. Canine Red Cell is available over the counter, but ask your vet whether or not it's a suitable supplement for your dog.

Canine Red Cell Ingredients

A mix of minerals and vitamins, Canine Red Cell consists of:

  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Cobalt
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Menadione
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Folic acid
  • Riboflavin
  • Pyridoxine
  • Thiamine
  • Choline
  • Niacin
  • D-pantothenic acid
  • Vitamins A, D and E

Canine Red Cell also contain probiotics, digestive enzymes, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Warnings and Contraindications

Most dogs -- and puppies -- don't experience issues with Canine Red Cell, as long as the product is fed at recommended doses. It's safe to administer to pregnant and nursing dogs, along with puppies. It can help debilitated canines, especially those requiring iron supplementation or general immune system support. Do not give Canine Red Cell to animals already receiving vitamin and mineral supplements.

Feeding Canine Red Cell

Canine Red Cell can be fed directly to dogs or mixed with food. While Canine Red Cell can aid dogs in various ways, it's not a substitute for feeding a high-quality, age-appropriate dog food.


Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.