Yummy Zoom: Thoughts #5 on minerals
Are mineral’s a dog’s best friends?
Calories obtained from proteins, fat and carbohydrates are the fuel that keeps the body-engine going, but minerals are very important to regulate the metabolism and other vital functions of the dog’s body. Many dog owners are not aware enough of this fact. This is the reason why this lesson is dedicated to explaining the many functions of minerals for the dog’s biological system.
- Calcium & phosphorous. Bone growth and healing injured bones are made possible with a good supply of the essential mineral of Calcium.
Give young pups and senior dogs an abundant source of calcium if you want to prevent fractures and heal their injuries more quickly. Active domestic pets, trained dogs, and performance dogs all need constant calcium replenishment.
- Potassium. Cardiac activity and the normal functioning of the kidneys call for Potassium. Cells also need potassium to regulate chemical processes. The mineral potassium is also vital for the dog’s muscle growth and maintenance.
- Sodium. Dogs usually don’t need an addition of salt to their food, but a little salt in the food is necessary (the diet should be worth its salt!) A little sodium chloride (salt) in a dog’s daily diet can help prevent dehydration.
- Iron. Pumping iron! The red blood cells need some of the mineral Iron to function properly. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to the dog’s tissues and transporting carbon dioxide away from cells, tissues, and organs.
- Zinc. Although more research is underway for this particular trace nutrient, it is widely accepted that zinc helps promote a healthy coat in dogs. Giving your dog too many raw egg whites can prevent your dog from absorbing and utilizing zinc in its diet.