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vitamins or calcium for puppies

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i have a 4 months old puppy boy and was wondering if to give or not calcium or other vitamins. i bought the dog from hungary and i am living in finland. the breeder told me to give calcium every meal, but here in finland the vet said that no calcium or vitamins is needed if dog is eating dry food for puppies. do you give any calcium or vitamins? and what
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I don't add anything, but Grizzly Salmon oil to the food. I feed Primal raw diet and it has everything they need in it.





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I feed half a cup of dry kibble (Purina Pro Plan Selects) and half an egg yolk daily to my 16 week old puppy. I don't add anything else and was told by both my breeder and my vet that there was no need to.
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oh yes, I did leave out the soft boiled egg twice a week.





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I don't add anything to his kibble.
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I only add 1/2 egg yolk daily (powdered) and salmon oil. Calcium supplement is only needed in home cooked diets. Commercial kibble has the calcium the dog needs added to it. If you supplement your kibble with calcium, your puppy can have excessive calcium intake which presents its own problems.

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Jeanne (MaddiesMom) is right. If you are feeding a commercial kibble, you shouldn't add more calcium on a regular basis unless your dog has a calcium deficiency and your vet should be able to diagnosis (and prescribe) that.
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Yes, I agree with Jeanne and Kimberly. If you are doing a homecooked diet, then you do need to add calcium; otherwise, no. But, if you are adding a lot of meat to your dog's diet, you may need some additional calcium to offset the additional phosphorous in the meat.

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