Calcium – Beneficial for Dogs/Cats
Calcium is an essential dietary element in all animals. The body needs calcium for important physiological processes, such as muscle concentration, membrane maintenance, enzyme function and blood coagulation. However, the primary function of calcium in the body is being used as a building block of the body’s bones and teeth. Bones and teeth also serve as a storage site for the body’s source of calcium.
When the body needs calcium for the processes mentioned, the body will provide the calcium stored in bones and teeth to the bloodstream. When calcium is not needed by the body, then the body will store this additional calcium in the bones and teeth. This process is a “give and take” situation depending on the body’s need/use for calcium, since this may change from day to day.
When calcium intake is low, poorly absorbed or needed in large quantities, bone and tooth breakdown will occur because the body must use the calcium stored here to maintain normal biological functions. In addition, calcium loss occurs as a part of the aging process. When these conditions occur, there is a benefit for the use of an oral calcium product as a daily supplement. Dosing dogs and cats with a daily calcium supplement is especially beneficial for older, high performance animals or pregnant moms.
For fast growing breeds, supplemental calcium is strongly recommended to help keep these youngsters standing straight and strong. If a supplemental source of calcium is not provided, it can result in saggy pasterns, floppy ears and ligament problems. To guard against this occurring, it is recommended for you to use daily oral calcium supplements like Doc Roy’s Healthy Bones, Sure Grow 100, Pet Tabs Calcium or Osteoform. As to which brand is best suited for your pet, feel free to contact Revival Animal Health’s knowledgeable Pet Care Consultants at 1-800-786-4751.
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
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