What Are Some Good Sources of Calcium for My Dog?

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

1. Eggs

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

2. Cheese

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.

3. Yogurt

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.

4. Fish

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

5. Bones

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.

Sources
1.https://nasc.cc/pet-university/calcium-deficiency-dogs/
2.https://www.rfas.uk/calcium-phosphorus-ratios
3.https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/natural-foods/can-dogs-eat-eggs/
4.https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_multi_eggs_for_pets2
5.https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/natural-foods/can-dogs-eat-cheese/
6.https://www.vetinfo.com/sources-calcium-dogs.html
7.https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/fatty-acids-pet-skin-and-haircoat-health
8.https://www.thelabradorsite.com/can-dogs-eat-bones/

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I’ve had the opportunity to test out one of Vizio’s TVs for the last few months, the 65 inch D65-E0. I’ve come away impressed with it, both with the quality and the sharpness of the image. It’s a full 4K set, with small bezels and a small footprint. The blacks are black, the whites white, and it overall offers an experience I’d have trouble distinguishing from sets that cost considerably more.

VIZIO’s D-Series of HDTVs offer value-minded consumers a wide array of home entertainment options. Picture quality options on various models include HD, Full HD, and even 4K Ultra HD in select models in the 43” class size and above. Most D-Series’ models feature VIZIO’s Internet Apps Plus Smart TV platform for simple access to stream TV shows and movies from Netflix, iHeartRadio, and other popular apps. A handful of newer models have recently been introduced with VIZIO’s SmartCast platform—on 24, 43 and 50-inch models—which includes Chromecast built-in and on- screen. VIZIO’s D-Series also includes a built-in Digital TV tuner for those who utilize an off-air antenna to receive free, over-the- air broadcasts. The D-Series truly has something for everyone.

 

The D-Series collection starts with superior picture quality thanks to full-array LED backlighting, which provides advanced LED control for superior light uniformity and enhanced contrast when compared to edge-lit TVs. The series has p to 12 Active LED Zones® in the full-array LED models like the D65-E0 that we reviewed. These zones dynamically adjust to match the light and dark portions of on-screen content, resulting in brighter whites and deeper, black levels. Sports and action fans will appreciate the image processing benefits of Clear Action™ 180 with 120Hz effective refresh rate that is achieved with backlight scanning for sharper detail in quick-moving action scenes. Select VIZIO D-Series models like the D65-E0 also support 4K Ultra HD resolution, for four times more detail and clarity in every image compared to 1080p Full HD. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD models support the latest HDMI standards, enabling Ultra HD playback from Ultra HD Blu-ray players,
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A Shower Curtain That Can Hold Phones And Tablets Is Now A Thing

Ever wanted to use your phone in the shower? How about your tablet? If you answered yes, you should probably reevaluate your dependence on technology. But there’s finally a solution to make your addiction a little more bearable.

What you see is what you get folks, there ain’t much for me to describe here. It’s a clear shower curtain, made of PVA, with pockets for you to stick your gadgets in. It even includes various pocket sizes to  allow you to use tablets or smartphones in a horizontal or vertical position.

In case you are wondering, by the look of it, the thing seems to have 17 pockets to store gadgets. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems a bit overkill, I think 12 or even 9 pockets would’ve been enough.

Unfortunately, It’s currently unavailable on Amazon, but that’s probably a blessing in disguise.

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Watch A Surprisingly Sharp Knife Being Made Out Of Pasta

Have you ever thought that regular knives get a little too boring? I mean, sure they’re sharp and all, but there’s not much to get excited about in the advancement of knives. Well, now you make your own knife out of pasta.

YouTuber and cutlery lover Kiwami Japan shows us how you can take regular pasta and turn into it’s own dicing tool. Now, basically he just hardens some pasta in a knife mold and spends the next 16 months sharpening it on a whetstone, but it’s still a lot cooler than whatever you did last weekend.

Oh, and when you done using you fine Italian cutlery to slice tomatoes for a sauce, you can boil the knife itself for a hearty meal.

Hit the jump for the video.

Lighthouse Home AI Camera


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The Wanle iPhone Case Doubles As A Tetris Machine And Looks Kind Of Like A Gameboy

This is the Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone, it’s an iPhone case that does double duty as a Gameboy clone with pre-installed games. You know, in case you ever wanted to play a dumbed-down version of Tetris on the back of your $1,000 smartphone.

As you can imagine, the Wanle attaches to your iPhone like any normal case and allows you to select from 10 pre-installed games including Tetris, Tank, Formula One Racing, Snake & Block. And in addition to raised physical buttons, it even comes with a small speaker to playback that glorious 8-bit Tetris theme.

Now, obviously playing Tetris on a super thin, cheap iPhone case isn’t going to be the best version of the game, but it still looks fun. Does anyone remember fun?

It’s available now for a very reasonable $25 and works with all modern iPhones. Sorry Android users, but technically it doesn’t have to ‘fit’ your phone in order to play games, so just grab a roll of tape and make that sucker work for you.

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This Canon Flash Can Adjust Itself For The Best Light

This is the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI, it’s a flash that you attach to your DSLR for better light. Normally, I wouldn’t talk about something so boring. But this ain’t your granddaddy’s boring old flash, this guy’s unique, like your cousin with the hyphen in his name. 

This flash has motors that allow it to automatically change its position and direction for the best light at that moment. Depending on the shot you like, the flash can rotate to do things like bounce light off a wall to the side for a softer light.

Now, if automatic isn’t your thing, you can manually adjust the position of the flash, but knowing myself, I’d probably mess up shots so bad the flash would automatically adjust itself anyway.

Now, $400 may seem like a lot, but just think of all the things that cost more than this flash, when you look at it that way, you really can’t afford not to buy one. 

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How the Internet Will Become More Personalized in 2018

Once upon a time, the internet was the same no matter where you lived or your personal circumstances. In recent years, however, the means to personalize and tailored websites to different users has increased exponentially. Today, we’re on the edge of a huge shift in the way we experience the internet. From geo-targeting to micro-advertising, new technologies spell the end of the internet as we know it. Whether good or ill, we’ll explore of few the features of this new online experience below.

Geo-targeting, in particular, has taken off in a big way in the last few years. Using the information that’s freely available through your browser, companies can serve up different content depending on your country, IP address, and even city. This technology has been in place for some time and can be seen in action on any one of a number of streaming sites, such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix, or Hulu, which restrict content on the basis of digital rights management. The next step in the development of this technology will be its use as a means of personalizing the online user experience and micro-targeting adverts.

However, there is at least a logical reason for the personalization boom. According to a recent Epsilon study, over 80 percent of online consumers are more likely to purchase products from a company if it offers a personalized browsing experience. Personalization, in this sense, offers businesses and marketers increasing opportunities for one-to-one advertising; targeting that goes beyond simply a specific group and straight to the individual. Given the amount of information we generate and hand over to companies, it’s hardly surprising that this personal data, from hobbies and interests to daily routines, is used to personalize the online user experience. These data insights, to use the analytics term, afford content providers, be they companies or solitary WordPress bloggers mucking about on Google Analytics, the opportunity to tailor the websites to their intended target audience in a way that was unthinkable even five years ago.

Furthermore, as companies retain more information about the purchases made by visitors to their site, they will be able to target the products themselves more specifically at users. This means that the range of items on offer at a consumer site that one user sees will differ from those that are displayed on another user’s browser. This change won’t simply affect large business, but will also have an impact on smaller organizations. As we’ve written elsewhere, it’s never been easier to sell your products quickly online. The coming technological changes to the fundamental user experience of the internet will increase that even further.

Personalization requires a lot of data – the right kind of data at that – and technology to process it. The actual process of personalization can be roughly mapped into four different areas: identifying customers, building profiles, using data to make decisions about the ads to deliver or products to display, and then measurement. In some senses, this reflects the classic optimization model, as the process is circular; you use what you’ve learnt from the first time to improve on the next. Using this process, we can expect to incredibly personalized and effective advertising online in the next few years, to such an extent that it will likely blur the traditional distinctions between content and advertising even more than they currently are.

What is a VPN and Why You Should Be Using One

It seems that a day doesn’t go by without some news being released about a cyber attack or breaches of online privacy.
It’s a major concern for many people and if you’re not yet using a VPN, otherwise known as a virtual private network, hopefully this short article will give you the background you need to know how using a VPN could benefit you.

A VPN encrypts your online activity
The technology is simply specialist software that encrypts your online activity, including your traffic and IP address. By doing this, your actions remain private, whether it’s your email, your browsing history or your location.
When you access the internet, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can see everything you do online. Many track your activity and sell your behaviour patterns to third parties who use this information to market their own products.

By using a VPN service, your activity is automatically re-directed through a VPN server, which applies the software and encrypts all your actions. The only thing that your ISP will know is that you are using a VPN service. This means that nobody can steal your precious files and communications, nor can they monitor your browsing routines.

Ensure you use a VPN with multiple security protocols

At this point, you may be wondering how secure VPNs are and so this is where details become technical. By using a service with multiple security protocols such as NovaVPN service, you can be sure that AES-256 standards are being met together with DNS leak protection facilities.

Anybody wanting to snoop on you would quickly come to a dead end when they realise you are using a VPN server. In the unlikely event that they were persistent and clever enough to intercept your data, they would discover that everything has been encrypted.

The benefits of using a VPN

If you are considering whether to use a VPN, remember that the main purpose of a VPN is to protect your data from malicious online threats, so here’s a reminder of the clever things a VPN service provides.

When using a VPN:

• Your location is hidden
• Your communications are encrypted
• Your browsing history is private
• Your habits are not monitored for the benefit of third parties
• You’re safe from hackers and snoopers combing through your personal files

Considerations before you sign up to a VPN provider

Consideration should also be given to the service provider and how they operate. It’s all well and good to use a VPN service, but what if the provider has a policy where they can use your data? This can and has happened. So, there are a few things to check before you sign up to a provider:

• Does the service provider log your data?
• Does it use AES-256 and DNS protection?
• Does the service allow multiple logins from anywhere in the world?
• Is the service fast when the user is using a high-speed connection?
• Is the service sensibly priced and competitive?

Thinking of signing up?

If you have decided to explore VPNs further and are considering signing up, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find it’s all very easy and extremely cost effective. A first point of contact could be to check the Nova VPN service mentioned above, price starting from 5.42$. This benchmark service provides all the background facilities you’ll need for complete confidence.

I Hate Everything About This Pimple-Popping Toy

Ok, so toys that you can mindlessly play with have become incredibly popular over the past year (e.g. fidget spinners), but that doesn’t mean every two-bit idea has to become a disturbing reality. Enter the Pop It Pal. It’s a silicone bar-of-soap shaped atrocity which you squeeze to replicate the feeling of popping a zit.

I hate everything about this thing; I hate the idea, I hate the images and numerous GIF’s of it in action, I even hate the creator just for good measure. It’s an unholy creation that serves only a testament to man’s hubris. Besides, if I wanted to relive the countless hours standing in-front of the mirror squeezing my face as a teen, I’d just start eating greasy food again. At least it’s more appetizing.

Each Pop It Pal kit will set you back $20, and if I catch wind that any of you bought one, I’m calling your mom’s.

Hit the jump (or don’t) for a video of the abomination in action.

Papers, Please Has Now Been Turned Into A Short Film

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Well now, there’s a short-film based on the game. At 10 minutes, it’s rather short, but include all of the major details and emotions of the actual game. I don’t want to spoil anything more, so just check it out.

Hit the jump for the video and be sure to turn on English subtitles.

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Rick Sanchez Hoodie Probably Won’t Make You As Cool

Just in case you wanted to look like an alcoholic scientist, without all the years binge drinking and mad experiments, I’ve got just the thing. You can now buy an officially licensed Rick Sanchez hoodie from Merchoid.

It comes in all sizes and would make for the perfect easy cosplay, but is it really that hard to buy a lab coat and an Etsy wig? Now Merchoid also claims that the hoodie adds +10 to your intelligence, but I really think its more like adding +10 to your ego.

But let’s be honest, now you’ll be able to show off to all your friends and brag about your superior intelligence, because at the end of the day, Rick and Morty really is a show for intellectuals. You probably wouldn’t understand, but there are many subtle references to classic works of art.

It’s available for pre-order now for $60 through Merchoid.

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