Signs Your Dog is Low on Calcium

How to know if your dog is low on calcium? Keep swiping to find out!

1. Lethargy

Decreased energy levels and activity.

A calcium deficiency can lead to decreased energy and activity levels in dogs. Lethargy may manifest as your dog seeming unusually tired, sleeping more than usual, or being less interested in playing or exercising.

2. Muscle Tremors

Involuntary muscle movements or shaking.

Low calcium levels can cause muscle tremors or involuntary muscle movements in dogs. These tremors may be subtle or more pronounced and can occur when the dog is resting or active.

3. Weakness or Stiffness

Difficulty in movement and reduced muscle strength.

Dogs with low calcium may experience weakness or stiffness in their muscles and joints. This can make it challenging for them to move around, climb stairs, or engage in physical activities they previously enjoyed.

4. Loss of Appetite

Reduced interest in eating or skipping meals.

A calcium deficiency can lead to a loss of appetite in dogs. They may show less interest in their food, eat less than usual, or skip meals altogether.

5. Seizures

Uncontrolled and abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Severe calcium deficiencies can result in seizures in dogs. These seizures can vary in intensity and duration and may require immediate veterinary attention.

6. Difficulty in Whelping (for pregnant dogs)

Challenges during labor and delivery.

Pregnant dogs with low calcium levels may experience difficulty during labor and delivery, a condition known as eclampsia or milk fever. This is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate veterinary intervention.

7. Poor Bone and Teeth Health

Brittle bones and dental problems.

Calcium is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. A deficiency can lead to brittle bones, increased risk of fractures, and dental issues like weakened tooth enamel and gum disease.

8. Restlessness

Inability to settle or relax.

Some dogs with low calcium levels may display signs of restlessness. They may pace, pant excessively, or have difficulty settling down, even when they are tired.

9. Increased Excitability or Irritability

Unusual mood changes and heightened sensitivity.

Changes in calcium levels can affect a dog's mood and behavior. They may become more excitable, restless, or irritable, reacting more strongly to stimuli or becoming easily agitated.

10. Dry Skin and Hair Loss

Skin problems and excessive shedding.

Low calcium levels can impact the health of a dog's skin and coat. They may develop dry, flaky skin and experience increased hair loss or a dull, unhealthy-looking coat.

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