Calcium is an essential mineral which is required for healthy growth and maintenance of your canine friend. Sadly, calcium deficiency may lead to certain diseases which can alter the health of our pet. Generally deficiency of calcium in normal dogs leads to a disease known as Rickets while a syndrome in pregnant bitch known as Milk fever.
Dogs that are fed on meat diet are at greater risk of succumbing to calcium deficiency as the diet is rich in phosphorus and lacks calcium.Due to this imbalance in their diet the calcium level in their blood drops and the symptoms of deficiency may slowly arise.
These are the signs of deficiency you need to look out for:
- Soft bones
- Poor body growth
- Bone deformities
- Pup is not able to stand on its legs
- Finds difficulty in movement
Here are a few tips on how to treat calcium deficiency:
- To avoid calcium deficiency, proper balanced diet should be provided to your pet.
- Regular feeding of meat should be avoided.
- Commercial dog foods are available in market, which offer a balanced diet and fulfill the required quantity of calcium.
- Calcium supplements are also readily available, which you can provide your dog only on the advice of your vet.
You can always consult your vet and take their professional advice on treating and handling calcium deficiency in your pet.