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Originally Posted by iheartmycats
Organ meat? like liver?
What other source for calcium?
I live in Central America and most US products are not available here.
Liver is the big one, but if you can get them there's kidney, spleen, lungs, brain, and green tripe. A basic rule of thumb is that organ meat should equal 10% of the diet. You do not have to feed organ meat with every meal, nor do you have to include a bunch of different organ meats all the time, but do make sure to include it every now and then.
The easiest way to include calcium is to simply feed the dog some raw bone like neck bones, chicken wings and backs, etc. You need them to be raw, not cooked, cooked bones can splinter and kill a dog. You don't want weight bearing bones, like cow femurs, because they are hard and mainly used for recreational chewing. The added benefit of feeding raw bones is that he'll be getting all the minerals in the marrow besides the calcium, and the bones will help keep his teeth clean. Feeding them a couple times a week should be fine.
If you don't want to feed raw bones then you can try grinding egg shells into a powder and sprinkling some onto his food when you feed him. Plain yogurt will give him a bit of calcium and also help put good bacteria into his gut. I know that some people use human calcium supplements but I'm unsure of the dosage of that and would have to look it up for you.