Calcium deficiency in dogs is, sadly, not uncommon. There are probably two main reasons for this, which will be explored shortly. But it’s also worth knowing that such a deficiency will lead to many more problems and the link is not always easy to trace, even by vets. So avoiding this is important.
The problems that arise from a calcium deficiency in dogs is not that different from that with any other species. Bone density falls, giving rise to easy fracture of bones and painful or stiff joints; just some of the more obvious things you would expect from a calcium deficiency. But practically every other health problem or disease can also occur.
Calcium is a macro mineral, meaning it is absolutely necessary for all parts of the body to function well. Digestion, respiration, renal, neuro function, all rely heavily on a good balance of calcium and other macro minerals to do their work as required for a healthy dog.
Vaccinations are one of the main leading causes of low calcium levels, according to Dr Peck of Florida. However, all veterinary medication has an adverse impact on nutrient absorption and assimilation. This means that your dog’s health will further deteriorate as they will be less able to fight the existing problem, let alone any new one.
Although you may think that the commercial brand of dog food you are currently feeding your dog is healthy, you may not be fully aware of problems that accompany almost all of them.
Commercial dog food, for the most part, is of poor quality, sourced from the cheapest materials. Even the manufacturers understand the nutrient shortfall that this produces, because they then fortify the end product with ‘essential vitamins and minerals’.
The most common vitamins and minerals, for the human and the pet market, come from isolated and synthetic sources. Not only are these not true nutrients and therefore not digestible or utilised, they can cause harm over time.
The thing is, all nutrients act in synchronicity to other nutrients. They do not occur in isolation in nature, therefore your dog has not developed a system to deal with them.
Calcium needs, at the very least, magnesium, phosphorus, silica, vitamin A and D in perfect natural balance, to be of any use.
Meat needs calcium to digest. If your dog’s diet does not contain an easily absorbable calcium, in natural balance, then this will be leached from their bones and teeth. Simply to digest the meal.
The solution to a calcium deficiency in dogs is probably obvious. Don’t use veterinary medication or vaccines unless absolutely unavoidable. Instead use the services of a holistic or homeopathic vet or practitioner. Make sure your dog’s diet includes the best calcium source of all – meaty, raw bones.
Bones not only assist in digestion, they are the major source of macro minerals, they keep the teeth clean and they massage the gums. But they also keep the dog happy. Bones for puppies are an absolute essential.
Calcium deficiency in dogs is a man made problem. It has resulted from gross misunderstanding of a dog’s natural needs. Don’t be part of the problem.