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