There are still many legends and half-truths about the correct calcium supply, although it has now been proven that both a deficiency and an oversupply can cause significant damage in dogs, especially puppies. In addition, the right ratio of calcium and phosphorus in the diet is crucial.
The most common consequence of calcium deficiency is skeletal damage (lameness, poor posture, difficulty walking, bone pain, frequent bone fractures). Excessive and inappropriate supply of phosphorus leads to exactly the same symptoms. The most common cause is a one-sided diet based on raw meat. In addition, if the animals are predominantly fed low-fat meat (as well as liver and kidneys), an oversupply of protein is possible. High-fat meat, on the other hand, can lead to a lack of protein in dogs. Offal and slaughterhouse waste lead to diet-related diseases less quickly, but they are still not composed in a nutritionally balanced way.
This is particularly evident in the calcium and phosphorus content: a ratio of around one part calcium to one part phosphorus in the diet is ideal for the adult dog. Almost all meat products contain significantly more phosphorus, liver as an extreme example even one part calcium per 51 parts phosphorus. This promotes an oversupply of phosphorus or a lack of calcium and promotes the occurrence of the skeletal disorders described. The safest way to avoid an unbalanced diet is to use a complete food formulated according to the species from a renowned manufacturer. If you want to give slaughterhouse waste or mainly meat, you should have the ration calculated by a nutrition expert and, if necessary, correct it with precise amounts of mineral feed. Many veterinarians offer appropriate nutritional advice.
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