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Calcium lactate

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Calcium lactate is an additive that is contained in some dog foods. It is the calcium salt of lactic acid, which is used as a preservative, firming agent or acidity regulator. Calcium lactate can occur naturally in foods such as aged cheese or be produced synthetically from lactic acid. In the EU, calcium lactate is authorized under the number E327.

Why do dogs need calcium?

Calcium is an important mineral for dogs, which is essential for the health of bones, teeth, muscles and nerves. Calcium is also involved in blood clotting and hormone production. A lack of calcium can lead to growth disorders, bone fractures, dental problems or muscle cramps. However, an excess of calcium can also be harmful and lead to kidney stones, heart problems or skeletal abnormalities.

How much calcium do dogs need?

Calcium requirements depend on various factors such as the dog's age, weight, state of health and diet. Growing dogs and lactating bitches have a higher calcium requirement than adult dogs. The recommended daily intake of calcium for dogs is between 50 and 200 mg per kg body weight. Most commercial foods contain enough calcium to meet this requirement. If you feed your dog with home-prepared meals, you need to make sure that you add enough calcium or use a suitable supplement.

What are the benefits of calcium lactate for dogs?

Calcium lactate is an easily digestible and well-tolerated source of calcium for dogs. It has the advantage that it is stable in both acidic and alkaline environments and therefore does not react with other ingredients in the food. It also has a pleasant taste and smell, which increases the acceptance of the food. Calcium lactate can help to meet the calcium requirements of growing dogs and lactating bitches and thus promote the development of bones and teeth.

What are the disadvantages of calcium lactate for dogs?

Calcium lactate is generally a safe and harmless supplement for dogs as long as it is given in appropriate amounts. However, too much calcium lactate can lead to an oversupply of calcium, which can have negative consequences for the dog's health. Possible side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, thirst, lethargy or kidney problems. In addition, a high intake of calcium can impair the absorption of other minerals such as magnesium, iron or zinc.

Calcium lactate is an additive that is contained in some dog foods. It is the calcium salt of lactic acid, which is used as a preservative, firming agent or acidity regulator. Calcium lactate can be a good source of calcium for growing dogs and lactating bitches that have an increased need for this mineral. However, care should be taken not to give too much calcium lactate, as this can lead to an oversupply of calcium and health problems.


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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

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