Calcium and Phosphorus
Calcium and phosphorus are essential minerals in the body. They work together in the body to maintain growth and structure of the skeletal system. Calcium is the most abundant and required mineral in the body. It is essential for many body functions including bone formation, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and nerve impulse transmission. Bones, dairy products, and leguminous plants contain large amounts of calcium. Phosphorus also required in a relatively high amount (slightly less than calcium) and can be obtained from meat or organ meats. It is important that the diet we feed our dogs and cats contains a sufficient amount of these minerals and is in the appropriate ratios – around 1.2 parts of calcium for every 1 part of phosphorus. Achieving this can be a bit tricky because many foods, such as meats, that are low in calcium are high in phosphorus, and in addition, many foods high in calcium are also high in phosphorus. Therefore extra care and attention is required in order to provide the proper ratios in the diet.
To provide our animals with a sufficient amount of calcium, we recommend a combination of the following strategies:
- Consumable raw meaty bones 4-5 times a week.
- Meals with bones such as chicken or turkey 3 times a week – you will need to feed other non-poultry bones 2 times per week in addition to this, to avoid feeding excessive amounts of poultry.
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