* If you use a calcium supplement that also includes phosphorus, such as bone meal powder or dicalcium phosphate, you will have to give more calcium than if you use a plain calcium supplement in order to keep the calcium:phosphorus ratio
in the proper range.
Adverse effects of wide calcium:phosphorus ratios
on supplemental phytase efficacy for weanling pigs fed two dietary phosphorus levels.
Bean adds 300 to 350 rag of NOW brand Vegetarian Powdered Calcium Citrate to each 8 ounces (1/2 pound) of fresh food to balance the diet's calcium:phosphorus ratio
. Calcium citrate should only be added to homemade diets, or to the fresh portion of a combined diet, as commercial diets should already contain the right amount of calcium (though, unfortunately, they rarely use calcium citrate).
Influence of variations in dietary calcium:phosphorus ratio
on performance and blood constituents of calves.
The ideal calcium:phosphorus ratio
in the canine diet is between 1:1 and 2:1.