Every day, around forty nutrients should be provided in the dogs’ food. There should be enough of each nutrient [more than a minimum threshold] for the body to work at its best. However, is it beneficial to the health to have too much of any one nutrient? This is far from being certain, particularly considering that ALL nutrients are potentially toxic over a certain maximum limit which is specific to each one.
It is therefore unnecessary and even dangerous to add mineral and/or vitamin supplements if growing dogs are fed with a balanced commercial food.
Remember: in nutrition, the more is not necessarily the merrier.
That is especially important when it comes to calcium, because I very often hear or read online about “the importance of calcium supplementation in growing puppies.”
This supplementation will not be without risks! Few things to keep in mind here:
Calcium excess can lead to joint disorders in growing puppies
You understand now why “supplementing puppies with calcium” a growing puppy that is already fed a balanced diet is definitely NOT a good idea.
Unfortunately, this misconception is still out there. After reading this blog however, you know better and you understand why you should not do this.
Because of the consequences, this is something we need to prevent.
So please, spread the word.
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