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SuperWanda July 19th, 2012 11:18 AM

Tricalcium phosphate
Does anyone have any information on the best source of calcium for dogs?

Over the last few years I have been feeding a mix of kibble for breakfast and the honest kitchen with added meats/veggies for dinner.

Both my dogs, who are seniors, had low blood calcium when they had their spring check-up and that made me think it might be related to their diet.

When I did a search for tricalcium phosphate, I didn't get too much information but some negative comments about how it is a cheap ingredients, basically bone ash and used as an anti-caking agent in some processed food. This is the calcium source in the honest kitchen which is a fairly expensive dehydrated food. The kibble I feed has calcium pantothenate so I wondered if that was a better source? I don't really know.

I have started to add crushed eggshell which is essentially calcium carbonate.

Does anyone know which source is best absorbed by dogs?

ec140466 July 23rd, 2012 01:10 AM

Crushed eggshell should work just fine. Do you ever give them raw chicken/turkey necks? They are an excellent source of calcium for dogs.

SuperWanda July 23rd, 2012 06:06 PM

Thanks for your reply. Now that I think about this, I may have posted a similar question awhile ago. Getting forgetful. Anyways, I have tried raw bones (the beef marrow) but I have a hard time getting them interested in chewing these bones. They seem to prefer pizzle sticks. I've never been a raw feeder so this is maybe why they have never gotten use to it. They are seniors, so I also tend to be cautious about introducing new things because one dog is especially sensitive. I can see how the turkey and chicken necks would be a great source though. I wish I could cook them but know that is a no no.

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