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Chelated calcium - a common deficiency in animal keeping

Calcium supplement Calcivet (CalciBoost in export markets) stops a common deficiency in animals, calcium deficiency. Despite the tonnes of cuttle bone, mineral blocks and limestone (added to formulated feeds) fed every year, calcium deficiency is still the biggest problem in animal keeping!

A shortage of usable calcium lies at the root of many problems which can include:

  • Birthing
  • Weak pregnant adults that cannot birth properly
  • Broken bones in young animals
  • Rickets
  • Slow moults
  • Nervousness
  • Aggression
  • Co-ordination problems which may go as far as falling over
  • Respiratory problems

Most of the supplementary calcium which is supplied to try to raise calcium levels when eaten by the animal goes straight out in the droppings. As with other minerals the difficulty is absorbing it into the bloodstream. So DrS developed a super-saturated chelated calcium solution called Calcivet. Calcivet (CalciBoost in export markets) uses a chelated mineral technology similar to the calcium supplied in nature by plants. So it is easily absorbed and quickly gets to the bones, nerves and muscles where it is needed. It is such an effective calcium source that most of the year you will only need it once or twice a week. Calcivet also seems to help regulate calcium inside the cells so actually optimising the effect of other calcium sources.

Recently we cracked the trick of providing a highly bio-available calcium source in powder form. Our new Calcivet On-Food Powder is much easier to add to moist foods than Calcivet Liquid and has the same exceptional absorption properties. Most other suppliers of powdered calcium do not use chelated calcium so such products are nowhere near as effective as Calcivet On-Food Powder from DrS. So if you have tried calcium supplements before from other suppliers and not found much difference, this could well be why.

It is also important to take care to use enough; many people think less is better and then wonder why they keep getting the same old problems. It is easy to be cynical and believe suppliers tell you to use too much to increase their sales, but doing that frequently makes the experience too expensive for you and that means you stop using the product. So it is not in our interests to advise you to use more than we feel will give the results you are looking for. At DrS we try to give really good advice so you get the results you want to have.

The parent company of DrS is called Calinnova – because it is innovative with calcium. The application rates used by DrS for small mammals is entirely consistent with the rates used for birds, reptiles and even horses.

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