I want to start my dogs on calcium. I found some good multi-vitamins for dogs, but I was told calcium is really important for chihuahua's. I was told by one person that you can give them tums? I thought that a little strange since it says don't take for more than 2weeks for a human so how can a dog take forever? Then someone told me you can buy a big jar of powder calcium and put on their food. Does anyone know where to get this? Is there any other ideas as far as to calcium? Any suggestions on a good multi-vitamin or joint vitamin to give a chihuahua? I was also told you don't need the multi vitamin or joint vitamin since they are such little dogs, but I just cant see why the would not need it? Any suggestions would be great!!!
I would be extremely careful about giving just calcium to any dog. Why? Because by giving a dog calcium, you have a chance of upsetting the delicate internal body mineral balance and actually causing more problems. If you give too much, it can cause a magnesium or phosphorous imbalance, which would create more problems.
If you do give your dog vitamin supplements, please please don't give just one vitamin or mineral like calcium. Instead, give a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement that has a little bit of everything and is balanced over all, so there's less chance of causing 1 mineral/vitamin to go up, and the rest to go down from lack of supplementation.
Ok don't worry I have not given them anything yet! I have purchased stuff for their skin and coat to make it shiny and soft (liquid you put in their food) I also got dental stuff. I did not buy anything else. I was going to purchase a multi-vitamin from foster and smith, but the lady that was taking my order said that they don't really need one? Strange hey? So what do you think would be good to give a dog then as far as vitamins and other stuff? Do I have to give vitamins and joint pills? I want to be sure I keep all my dogs healthy as can be! What if I breed one of my dogs (yes I am waiting 2 years and doing all the proper tests before hand). What would I need to give the female extra to keep her happy and healthy while she is pregnant or nursing? Thanks so far for all the input!
***Edited By: holidayzbliss on 5/30/2005 1:49:59 AM*** Reason: added
I've always been a proponent for vitamins if they are needed for special conditions. I think I would concentrate on finding a balanced dog food or diet for your dog instead of adding vitamins unless he or she developes a condition that requires additional vitamins or supplements.
I've always heard that if you're feeding a well balanced high quality food that you don't need to supplement with vitamins because they are getting everything they need in the food. The people that make those foods do studies to show that they are well balanced. I think we should take vitamins because we don't always eat what we should to get the nutrients that we need. As far as when the dog is pregnant its important to feed her a high quality puppy food while she's pregnant and nursing. If you do this she shouldn't need a calcium supplement. As minnyar said, too much of one thing can be bad for them. For joint health a young dog shouldn't need a supplement. I give my dog glucosamine, but she is recovering from hip surgery. She's a young dog, but I want her injury to heal well and her joint to get stronger, but if yours is healthy it shouldn't be neccessary.
No problem then! I have a great food for them! I just heard that a dog esp a female that you may want to breed should have calcium pills. I was just checking to be sure as far as vitamins go. I was wondering what all the other breeders do? What would be a good puppy food to give the female while pregnant, or after? Thanks everyone!
Hi, I have a chihuahua and since I saw your add about calcium, I thought I should email you. My 2 1/2 yrs old dog was sleeping a lot. In addition, he was always shaking and could no longer jump on bed as he used to. I took him to the vet, did blood tests and came back as severely under level of calcium. He suffers froma disorder called hyperparathyroid gland. He does not have enough calcium in his blood so his body takes it from his bones. Hence the lethargy, shaking, not being able to jump. Anyway, now he is being retested, but the vet said chichuahuas should have a little yogurt each day or some cottage cheese for extra calcium. I suggest you give the dog some vitamin C naturally through dairy products (but not too much). I hope this helps.