Why is Calcium Important for Dogs?
Calcium is an essential mineral for dogs and humans alike. It’s responsible for conducting electrical impulses, sending signals, contracting muscles (especially the heart), not to mention keeping those teeth and bones strong.
When dog’s don’t get enough calcium they can suffer the same consequences as us – they need ultimate pet nutrition. Notably the condition rickets (where bones become soft and fragile), muscle twitching, restlessness, stiffness, lethargy, convulsions, and osteoporosis.1
Now, regular canned dog food should contain adequate amounts of calcium. However, like all processed foods, ingredients can also lose their nutritional goodness through processing.
The good news is that this essential mineral is found in so many natural foods. If you’re feeding your pup a raw diet it’s particularly crucial to know what those foods are.
A Note About Phosphorus
Your dog requires more calcium than phosphorus to maintain optimal health and ultimate pet nutrition. But popular foods like boneless meats (especially organ meats) are much higher in phosphorus than calcium.
Traditionally, wild dogs would eat an entire animal which would provide plenty of calcium from the bones of the creature. But today, dog’s aren’t necessarily getting enough bone.
So if you’re feeding your dog a raw diet, adding some bone meal or crushed eggshells can be of help to level up that calcium. 2 But we shall delve into that a little more below.
Calcium-Rich Foods That Dogs Can Eat
Eggs are rich in protein, fatty acids, and of course calcium and they’re rather handy as a snack or a treat. Just make sure they’re cooked as raw eggs can carry salmonella as well as lead to a biotin deficiency in dogs. 3
Eggs are slightly higher in phosphorus however, so don’t go overboard. Betters yet, egg shells have shown to contain even greater amounts of calcium.
What you’ll need to do is crush the eggshells and then sprinkle a little (about half a teaspoon) onto their food. Some people prefer to boil the shells first (for the same salmonella reasoning) and then crush them using a mortar and pestle or food processor. 4
While some dogs may have issues with lactose-intolerance, cheese is a pretty good choice of human food for dogs. In moderation.
Cheese contains plenty of calcium, protein, vitamin A, B vitamins, and fatty acids. But it’s high in fat, and some cheeses can be very salty. Low-fat cheese like mozzarella or cottage cheese are your best choices. And, look for versions that are low in salt. 5
Cheese is also a great tool for hiding pills when your dog is required to take medication.
Yogurt is wonderful source of calcium for dogs because it can be easily mixed in with their meal. It’s especially helpful for softening very dry food.
Do be picky with your choice of yogurt and steer clear clear of those that are high in sugar (like flavored yogurts), especially if your dog is overweight.
Yogurt also contains plenty of beneficial bacteria that can help to balance your pup’s intestinal flora, much as it does your own.
The best fish for boosting calcium include salmon, tuna, sardines, and trout. Always cook your dog’s fish – raw fish isn’t great on their stomach and it may carry bacteria.6 You should remove all the fish bones, or to play it safe, grind the fish up.
Fish contains plenty of omega-3 fatty acids which are wonderful for promoting healthy skin and coat. They can also decrease cholesterol levels in the blood, and combat inflammatory conditions like allergies and arthritis.7
Which brings us to bones. An age-old dog food that’s become a contentious topic in today’s society – are they safe for your dog to eat or not? One thing’s for sure – they’re a huge source of calcium.
Yes, certain dog bones can be dangerous but rather than avoiding them altogether, it’s about being informed.
Chicken, turkey or pork bones – or any kind of cooked bone – are absolutely off-limits. They can easily splinter into shards that pose a dangerous choking hazard and can injure your pup’s mouth, throat or digestive system. Instead, seek out raw meat bones with plenty of muscle meat still attached to them. Never give your dog a bone when it’s hungry. It’s best to watch the clock and it back off them after 15-20 minutes. You can refrigerate it for a few days and reuse it. 8
But don’t assume that very large bones are a safer option. They can break a dog’s teeth.
Bottom line: Eating bones is not without risk, but there are definitely benefits – like calcium – that are great assets.
If you want to play it safe, crush up bones using a grinder or food processor and then add to your pet’s meal. You can also purchase prepackaged bone meal. Just don’t cook bones beforehand as this can cause a loss of nutrients.
A Most Essential Mineral
Calcium is essential to your canine’s health and wellbeing and these 5 foods show just a few simple ways to help support that intake. You may also like to look into some high-calcium vegetables and legumes such as broccoli, spinach, and beans.
Of course, any concerns that you may have surrounding whether your dog needs more calcium, or how to best feed it to them, should be discussed with your vet.
While the fad of catching invisible monsters in an AR-experience known as Pokémon Go, has mostly faded away, the destruction caused by it’s fun graphics and colorful Pikachus is of horrific proportions as two Perdue University professors estimate the game is responsible for causing around 100,000 traffic accidents.
They analyzed data of traffic accidents around the time of the game’s releases and estimate that within 100 meters of a Pokéstop, the likelihood of an accident occurring was about 27% higher. Even crazier is that, as the game’s popularity started dropping, the increase in the number of accidents dropped at almost the same rate.
The research is trying to show the effects of distracted driving, rather than villainizing Pokémon Go itself. But one thing’s for sure, that simple game has left a lasting impact, one that I hope the mechanic can pop back out without too much body work.
[ Gizmodo ]
As today is Black Friday, there are plenty of great deals to save plenty of cash on holiday shopping (if you like dealing with crowds), but in honor of everyone’s favorite money-saving day, here is a video doorbell that probably isn’t a sound financial decision.
Based on the Ring Video Doorbell Elite, this version comes blinged out with 2,077 sapphires and 40 diamonds all set into an 18-karat gold faceplate. The creation, made by Bijan Jewelry, comes with all the great features of the normally $500 original, like night vision and a sharp HD picture, but this one is shinier.
Now, out of all the things to get encrusted with jewels, why on Earth would you want your doorbell to get the treatment? People can just walk up and pry a few diamonds off everytime they need to make a car payment. Sure, they’ll be captured on video through the device, but what about when someone just rips the whole unit off? What about that, smart-guy?
Anyway, like I said, it’s $100,000 (sarcastic joke about it being cheap) and only ten are being made (sarcastic joke saying about how you better act fast).
[ TheVerge ]
Have you ever wondered what life would be like as Goro from Street Fighter? Wouldn’t life be much easier with 4 arms? Well, cut that dream in half and say hello to a glove that gives you 50% extra hands.
Made by Federico Ciccarese and his company, Youbionic, the Double-Hand Glove is a glove with 2 robotic hands that can be controlled with 2 fingers each.
Can you imagine what you can do with an extra hand? Clapping would be 50% more efficient, waving hello to your neighbor would be 50% more effective, writing tech articles would be 50% faster. The possibilities are infinite (I just have a very finite imagination).
You can buy the Double-Hand Glove right now for around $2,100. Now, there is only limited on/off input, so you can either have the hands open or closed. Personally I’ll just stick to my favorite method right now, tapping two plastic claw hands to forearm and then taping bottles of beer to each one for extra drinking capabilities.
If you’re the type of person who likes to eat your food while driving, you can know how dangerous it can be to hold your sauce in one hand and dip your Chicken McNuggies with the other, oh I guess you have to occasionally keep your steering wheel from veering you into oncoming traffic too, but whatever. For years, we’ve been crying out for a better solution, and now I think our prayers have been answered.
It’s called DipClip and it’s here to change your life. It’s a clip that attaches to your air vent, that will allow you to safely dip your nuggies or potato sticks in that sweet BBQ or Honey Mustard. I suppose you could also use it for Sweet and Sour sauce, but that’s gross, don’t do that.
It’s made of ABS plastic, should it should hold up pretty well, just don’t go slam dunking your nugs. And as you can tell, it’s design is intended to be compatible with most major fast food chains from Arby’s to some food chain that starts with Z.
Available for pre-order at Kickstarter for $10.
Hit the jump for more beautiful shots and a video of off-road dunking and driving.
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KFC, those people that sell the chicken, have just launched their latest non-food product, a massive Faraday cage that can block our cellular signals. The company calls it the Internet Escape Pod, and it features a Colonel Sanders, resting like Snoopy over it’s dome structure, and a drumstick handle for the door to the cage.
The dome itself is constructed out of steel, stainless steel mesh and high density foam. And as only one of these architectural masterpieces exists, it’ll set you back a cool $10,000.
Now, why anyone would want to buy a $10,000 tent that looks like the Colonel had a stroke and fell on top is not something I thought I’d have to answer, so unfortunately I’m unprepared to sell you on the idea. But hey, I guess you could spend your money on worse things. Actually, no, this is probably the worst way.
[ TheVerge ]
How many beers can you open at once? One, maybe two? What are you, a sucker? Think about all the valuable minutes of your life your wasting by opening one beer at a time. You could be using that time to spend with family, or reading more OhGizmo!.
Thankfully, someone made a beer opener that’s the size of a pizza peel (that’s the actual name of that large paddle they use for pizza, who knew?), that can open up to six beers at once. It’s called the SIXOVERONE and It’s designed to fit a standard six-pack of bottles, so you can have your buds ready before anyone has time to second-guess that next beer.
It’s a cool idea, but I’m just not sure how well a stamped piece of metal can hold up against six under-pressure bottles of beer, like from a physics standpoint. Of course, I don’t know how much force is required to remove a bottlecap and whether the force required grows exponentially as the number of bottlecaps increases.
Available on Kickstarter for $25. But seriously, it’s called a pizza peel? All my life I’ve been calling it a paddle.
Hit the jump for more glamour shots of the SIXOVERONE. (BTW, they have better product shots that 90% of the products I see.)
How much do you love Star Wars, a lot? Enough to buy a $450 ring designed to look like a Star Destroyer? Because that’s what geek.jewelry is offering to the biggest and least fiscally responsible Star Wars fans.
I have to say, the ring actually looks really great, and it’s available in combos of Sterling Silver/Cubic Zirconia all the way up to 14k White Gold/Diamonds.
You’d have to be a serious fan to want to spend this much on a piece of Star Wars jewelry though. Like, ‘I know all the words to the original trilogy’ serious. Or, ‘I only watch the movies on original VHS, because it doesn’t have any special effects added’ serious. Or even, ‘I’ve sent death threats to George Lucas over his handling of Jar-Jar Binks, and last year I was convicted of felony harassment, but had my sentence lessened because I cried like hell and told the judge I was super sorry’, serious.
Cool ring though.