Minerals are inorganic compounds that, like vitamins, are necessary for life. Dogs need calcium, phosphorus, copper, iron and potassium as well as several other minerals. A delicate balance of mineral intake is required for good health.
Calcium and phosphorus are two very important minerals. Calcium is needed for normal growth, for strong bones, teeth, and claws, and for muscle contraction. phosphorus plays a part in every chemical reaction in the body. They need to be in a delicate balance to keep the body healthy. A ratio of 1.5 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorus is appropriate for most dogs.
Dogs eating dirt or chewing on rocks are often craving minerals and need to be supplemented. The BARF DIET provides the adequate amount of these essential minerals and meets the qualifications for the AAFCO protocol.
posted by Rob Mueller