Vitamin D metabolism and disorders in dogs and cats

K E Clarke, E A Hurst, R J Mellanby

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating calcium metabolism and in the development and maintenance of skeletal health of companion animals. There is also a growing interest in understanding the role vitamin D plays in non-skeletal health in both human and veterinary patients. This review provides an update of our current understanding of vitamin D biology in dogs and cats and gives an overview of how vitamin D metabolism can be assessed in companion animals. Congenital and acquired vitamin D disorders are then summarised before the review concludes with a summary of recent studies which have explored the role of vitamin D in the development and outcomes of non-skeletal diseases of dogs and cats.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Early online date29 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jul 2021


Dive into the research topics of 'Vitamin D metabolism and disorders in dogs and cats'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this