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    just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    i was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements if they needed them and if they couldn't get enough even from a high quality dog food like taste of the wild because they have a health issue. what would the dosing be?

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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    One book I read on dog nutrition says that a lot of kibble products have more than enough calcium. I don't know specifically about TOTW.
    At least one book I read says that human supps are okay if you are feeding your dog whole food (not dog food). Other good choices are bone meal and calcium dyphosphate.

    Just to be safe, it would probably be best to check with your vet. Even if the suppliment is safe, you are going to need to know the right amount
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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    thank you very much. very good response. i really appreciate your input.

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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    I would definitely ask your vet. Isnt it calcium that causes kidney stones if taken too much of? I could be wrong, but I think it's calcium? I'd call and ask, just to be safe.
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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    Quote Originally Posted by Labmom4 View Post
    I would definitely ask your vet. Isnt it calcium that causes kidney stones if taken too much of? I could be wrong, but I think it's calcium? I'd call and ask, just to be safe.
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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    Before messing with Ca supplementation, you need to also know the phosphorous levels. Ca/P go together and must balance with each other. Ask your vet about how to calculate the ratio on your dog food.

    If your dog has a health issue requiring Ca supplementation then you need to know how much.

    Last but not least, I believe vitamin D is rquired for Ca to be absorbed and utilized.

    Puddin' It is Calcium pyrophosphate with a formula of Ca2O7P2 OR it is Calcium Phosphate Ca3(PO4)2
    Calcium has a charge of +2 and Phosphate has a charge of -3 so you cannot make it work electrically as calcium diphosphate....

    Calcium Phosphate is actually tri calcium phosphate if you want to get technical and all.....
    Last edited by Elana55; 04-21-2011 at 02:00 PM.

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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    Quote Originally Posted by Elana55 View Post
    Before messing with Ca supplementation, you need to also know the phosphorous levels. Ca/P go together and must balance with each other. Ask your vet about how to calculate the ratio on your dog food.

    If your dog has a health issue requiring Ca supplementation then you need to know how much.

    Last but not least, I believe vitamin D is rquired for Ca to be absorbed and utilized.
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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    Quote Originally Posted by Elana55 View Post
    Before messing with Ca supplementation, you need to also know the phosphorous levels. Ca/P go together and must balance with each other. Ask your vet about how to calculate the ratio on your dog food.

    If your dog has a health issue requiring Ca supplementation then you need to know how much.

    Last but not least, I believe vitamin D is rquired for Ca to be absorbed and utilized.

    Puddin' It is Calcium pyrophosphate with a formula of Ca2O7P2 OR it is Calcium Phosphate Ca3(PO4)2
    Calcium has a charge of +2 and Phosphate has a charge of -3 so you cannot make it work electrically as calcium diphosphate....

    Calcium Phosphate is actually tri calcium phosphate if you want to get technical and all.....
    Oh that made my brain hurt!
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    Re: just was wondering if you can give a dog human calcium supplements

    Calcium supplementation can lead to all kinds of problems, some of them very serious. Please talk to your vet about whether your dog actually needs it.

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