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INTAS POLIVET
Year : 2020, Volume : 21, Issue : 2
First page : ( 462) Last page : ( 464)
Print ISSN : 0972-1738. Online ISSN : 2249-8796.

Evaluating need for calcium supplementation in growing puppies reared on home-made diets

Haritha G.S.1,*, Saritha G.2

Department of Veterinary MedicineCollege of Veterinary ScienceSri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU)Tirupati - 517502 (Andhra Pradesh)

1Teaching Assistant Department of Veterinary MedicineCollege of Veterinary ScienceSri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU)Tirupati - 517502 (Andhra Pradesh)

2Assistant Professor Department of Veterinary MedicineCollege of Veterinary ScienceSri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU)Tirupati - 517502 (Andhra Pradesh)

*Corresponding author. E-mail: drgsharitha@gmail.com

Online Published on 20 April, 2022.

Abstract

Calcium and phosphorous work together in body to maintain the growth and structure of skeletal system. Deficiencies or excess of both can create skeletal problems especially in young puppies. Unbalanced diets can lead to nutritional deficiencies or excess, resulting in detrimental health consequences, especially during growth as they are more prone to diseases related to rapid growth. This report evaluates of calcium supplementation in growing puppies fed on unbalanced homemade diet. Puppies fed on homemade diet was supplemented with calcium (Group I) was compared with puppies fed on solely homemade diet (Group II). Serum calcium, phosphorus and radiographical examination revealed clinical improvement in growth and activity of puppies; radiographically, the growth plate growth was well remarkable in group I compared to group II. Thus, growing puppies have demanding dietary calcium requirements when fed on homemade diets.

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Keywords

Calcium, Dog, Phosphorus, Supplementation.

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