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Calcium supplements

Discussion in 'Doberman Nutritional Care' started by johnfin, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. johnfin

    johnfin Jr Member

    Any of you give calcium supplements to young dogs (6 months old) . Wasnt sure if there was a problem with VWD. I read something about some supplement and that problem but I cant remember what it was. Maybe high protein.

  2. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Would not give extra calcium to young dogs. They will get enough in their food. You don't want them to grow faster can affect bone growth.
    Bone growth plates do not close until 16-17mo.
    Another reason not to Spay/Neuter until Bone Growth Plates close.
    Would not let them run too much or jump around a lot.
    Canine Growth Plate closure.jpg
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  3. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    No, a healthy dog typically obtains adequate amounts of calcium through their commercial dog food.
    If my dog had a calcium deficiency, then I would look at calcium-rich foods in her diet before supplementing with tablets. Adding a calcium supplement to a puppy that’s not deficient can be risky, long-term. Too much calcium in puppies is detrimental to their development and can cause skeletal deformation.

    Knowledge about growth plates is so important. The growth plates are weak and can be prone to injury or even fracture. It’s important therefore not to overexercise puppies such as jogging them on hard surfaces.
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  4. Archer

    Archer Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    You don’t want to supplement a puppy with calcium as that can offset the calcium to phosphorus ratio and cause developmental long bone conditions. What you do want to supplement with is Vitamin-C which aids in binding calcium. Calcium and protein have nothing to do with vWD.
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  5. johnfin

    johnfin Jr Member

    any scientific proof on the bone plates? i would like to read that. seems that cheetahs and jaguars need to know about this too.
  6. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli Hot Topics Subscriber

    This site uses several references that you can check out. Id recommend googling the original research if you want to read from the source directly. Cheetahs and Jaguars are not dogs. If they are like any other big cat they most likely stick around their den area and play with each other. There is a difference between a puppy romping around and forced exercise. And regarding diet and calcium/phosphorus- cheetahs and jags would be eating whole prey items and getting the proper nutrition designed by nature. Thats my take on it anyway.

    Impact of Exercise on Puppy Growth Plates - Dog Discoveries

    First article when googling effects to too much calcium. There are plenty others you can check out too.

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  7. Drogon

    Drogon Hot Topics Subscriber

    Do many people go jogging with their cheetahs and jaguars on hard surfaces near you?
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  8. johnfin

    johnfin Jr Member

    No but my vet races greyhounds and she starts them at 3 months in a field with a red sock on a fishing line. I also live in greyhound county and they have "puppy" races on occasion. Its funny to see them. My dobies are only on grass in the backyard, never a hard surface but at 5 months old they run like a horse around the yard. To limit a dog from running for a year or more seems wrong.
  9. Archer

    Archer Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    You misunderstood. We are not saying to limit running, but to limit forced exercise (bike, running on lead) and limit running on hard surfaces. Two different things. Free runs on soft surfaces like grass and carpet is fine. That way the dog can limit themselves and stop if they start hurting. Like you said, your Vet starts them in a field...ground is a soft surface and gives. Concrete etc doesn’t give.

    Like stated a simple google search will pull up what you need as far as “proof”. Also Greyhounds and Dobermans are two different breeds. Can’t compare them.

    Here is a visual of a puppy’s skeletal structure. It pretty much speaks for itself on why you should limit exercise at a young age. The joints aren’t even formed yet. Constant percussive stress on the joints like running on hard surfaces is just begging for structural issues in the future

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