Ensuring the dog eats a well-balanced diet and keeping pregnant dogs monitored are sure ways to prevent calcium deficiency and its complications.
Calcium Deficiency in Dogs
- Calcium deficiency is often characterized by the development of rickets or milk fever in lactating and pregnant dogs.
- It is important to note that calcium levels are tied to the phosphorus and calcium ratio in the dog’s body.
- Imbalance or overabundance of both can result in calcium-related problems.
- Dogs with a diet composed mainly of meat are prone to calcium deficiency because meat has high phosphorous levels and rather low levels of calcium.
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- Diets that have low phosphorus and high calcium levels can lead to the metabolization of calcium.
Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency in Dogs
- Soft and brittle bones
- Bone deformities
- Hip dysplasia
- Stunted growth in puppies
- Loose teeth, teeth malformation, or teeth loss
- Weakened muscles and tendons
- Weakened abdominal muscles
- Abnormal urine (greenish in color)
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased heart rate
- In pregnant or lactating dogs: uncoordination, restlessness, seizures, and fever.
Dog Calcium Deficiency Treatment
- Prepare a balanced diet.
- Do not overfeed the dog with table scraps or foods such as meat.
- Administer calcium supplements as per advice of a veterinarian.
- Close monitoring should be done for lactating and pregnant dogs.