calcium levels in dog food

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    Reese B

    Hi everyone,

    Does anyone know what the NRC or aafco state the maximum calcium levels should be in dog food?
    On a whim I picked up a new dehydrated dog food for my dog to try (lifeforce dehydrated raw beef), but I just noticed that the calcium is listed as 1075 mg per 25g.
    A serving for my dog would be about 75g, which would have 3225 mg of calcium?!?!
    That seems like an awful lot of calcium for 1 meal, doesn’t it?
    She’s only 50lbs, so I think her recommended daily intake is only supposed to be 1250mg.

    Can anyone help? Am I totally off with how much calcium she should be getting? Or is this food really really high on calcium?

    I know excess calcium in puppies can cause a lot of problems, but what about adults? I’ve only given her 1 meal of this food, and I’m not sure I should continue. Any thoughts? I know there are a few members on here with superior knowledge on nutritional levels.

    Here is the complete nutrition profile of the food:

    Guaranteed Nutritional Analysis

    Protein (%) 43.27
    Calories (kcal/100g) 412
    Fat (%) 7.52
    Iron (mg/25g) 14.38
    Calcium (mg/25g) 1075.2
    Zinc (mg/25g) 8.3
    Phosphorous (mg/25g) 80.03
    Potassium (mg/25g) 2790.9
    Magnesium (mg/25g) 0.5
    Sodium (mg/25g) 490.2
    *based on dehydrated amount

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    Hi Reese,

    In regards to the diet, the company reports 1075.2mg Ca/25 grams = 4301mg Ca/100 grams food.

    We also know that in 100 grams of food there are 412 kcals. Putting that together 4301 mg Ca in 412 kcals of food. Nutrients are usually reported as amount /1000 kcals. In this case there are 10,438 mg/1000kcals of 10.43 grams Ca/1000 kcals.

    AAFCO Max Ca is 6.25/1000kcals.

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