Calcium is well known for its role in building strong bones, but it also performs several other important functions in your dog’s body. Calcium is a mineral that must be consumed through your dog’s diet, it cannot be made inside the body. Over 98% of total body calcium is stored in your dog’s bones, which works as a mineral bank. Hence a good amount of calcium supplementation makes the bones of your pet strong and prevents different deficiency diseases like rickets in puppies and osteomalacia in adult dogs. The calcium taken from the diet is absorbed, deposited, and withdrawn from your dog’s bones on a daily basis.
Dr. Sakshi Sharma, MVSc, J&K
Why is calcium necessary?
Calcium is an interdependent mineral that works in association with co-factors to deliver its benefits. Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium are primarily responsible for maintaining a healthy bone mineral balance in your dog.
Vitamin D is an essential factor in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Having the right balance of calcium is necessary for optimum health. Any imbalance in either deposits or withdrawals can cause major health issues. For instance, too little calcium can cause a harmful condition called Hypocalcaemia in dogs.
As a result, calcium will be withdrawn from the bones. Over time, this can result in the weakening of bones and can lead to different bone disorders such as hip dysplasia. Calcium deficiency can cause general bone and joint weakness, loosening of teeth, pain, and put your dog at high risk for fractures.
High calcium levels can also cause serious underlying diseases such as kidney failure, adrenal gland failure, and many other harmful diseases.
What does calcium do to the body?
Calcium is important for all dogs. It helps keep your dog’s nails, teeth, and coat healthy. Here are a few other roles calcium plays in your dog’s body.
Calcium is required for:
- Blood Clotting
- Squeezing and Relaxing Muscles
- Releasing Hormones; Hormone Transmission
- Proper nerve function
- Maintaining a regular heartbeat
- Bone and cartilage formation
- Skeletal Structure
How to incorporate calcium sources into your dog’s diet?
Dog foods that are sold in the market essentially contain the recommended daily dosage of calcium needed for your dog, in order to be considered complete and balanced. Dog foods are usually the most common source of calcium your dog will receive. However, some natural sources of calcium your dog could receive calcium from are:
- Legumes (Broccoli, Spinach, Beans)
- Fish (Tuna, Salmon; especially calcium-rich.)
- Bone licks
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