Can dogs suffer from osteoporosis? My doctor recently recommended that I take calcium supplements, so I was wondering if similar supplements could have benefits for my dog.
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and the loss of bone density over time. Dogs can suffer from this disease, which may make their bones more prone to fracture. The disease is extremely common in humans, with more than 28 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis.
Dogs that consume a meat-only diet are more susceptible to getting osteoporosis. It is very important that you feed your dog a well-balanced, high-quality diet. Calcium is usually added to dog food. It’s often listed as calcium carbonate and/or calcium pantothenate.
Reputable manufacturers spend tremendous resources and effort investigating how much calcium and other nutrients should be included in their products. As a result, your dog’s food should contain just the right amount of these nutrients, so supplements are not necessary. In some rare cases, veterinarians will prescribe calcium for fast-growing breeds. For most dogs, however, supplements are not helpful and can even lead to other health problems.