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Dogs, bones and calcium

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

One of the most essential elements of a dogs diet is calcium and vitamin D. These are necessary for the strong development of your dogs bones and teeth.  It’s especially important for growing puppies to get these nutrients.  They are also essential for pregnant and lactating dogs.  Dairy products, legumes and bones themselves contain lots of calcium.  Veterinarians will have a problem with dog owners who feed their dog a diet of meat and grain alone. These dogs can develop osteoporosis, suffer from broken bones, loose teeth and arthritis.  Today, calcium deficiency is rare thanks to commercial pet foods that are easily prepared and properly balanced.  If you suspect a problem, your veterinarian can use x rays to check your dogs bone density and to check for hairline fractures.

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