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Calcium supplements

Severity scale:
No/low toxicity

This potential toxin is considered to be a mild risk or the symptoms are not considered serious. The risk level, however, may vary depending on the amount or part ingested (see details below). While in most cases you should be able to carefully monitor your pet at home, if any of the symptoms listed below appear, if your pet's condition worsens not improves, or if there is any change in your pet's behavior or other habits, please contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance.

Calcium is a mineral usually acquired from diet that is important for heart muscle and bone health. Supplements are available over the counter and by prescription for people for conditions like osteoporosis, but should only be used under the supervision of a veterinarian in animal patients with calcium deficiencies, such as in patients like female dogs suffering from eclampsia.  Calcium powder supplements are even available as dietary additions for reptiles. While small doses may only cause mild side effects like vomiting and diarrhea, higher doses can cause some pretty serious side effects such as weakness, tremors, kidney failure, even death.  Best to grab the bottle and call the vet or our 24/7 Help Line for assistance.

Other names: 
vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, Viactiv, Tums, ascocid, cal-c-caps, cal-g, cal-lac, citracal, phoslo, posture, prelief, Rolaids, calcium citrate, calcium carbonate, calcium gluconate, calcium lactate, dibasic or tribasic calcium phosphate
Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Symptoms: 
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst or urination, weakness, acute kidney failure, tremors.
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