• Sunlight is essential for puppies and kittens as it helps in the production of vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the healthy development of bones, teeth, the immune system, and growth.
• A deficiency of vitamin D can lead to various health problems in young animals, such as growth retardation, bone deformities, weakened immune system, and an increased risk of infections. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your puppy and kitten get sufficient exposure to sunlight, especially during their growth phase.
• However, we need to be cautious about direct exposure to sunlight in young animals as they are more susceptible to sunburn. It is advisable to gradually build up sun exposure and provide shade to prevent excessive exposure.
• In addition to sunlight, nutrition is also important for sufficient vitamin D in puppies and kittens. Many commercially available puppy and kitten foods are enriched with vitamin D to meet their nutritional needs.
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