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do dogs need salt?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by kathateria, Nov 22, 2012.


  1. kathateria

    kathateria PetForums Member

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    Do dogs need salt,in their diet?
    Just wondered:)
     
  2. Redice

    Redice PetForums Senior

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    I think they only need a very small amount and they get it naturally from a balanced diet so there isn't any need to add any more.
    Although If I have been out jogging mine seem awfully keen to lick my sweaty, salty face.:lol:
     
  3. Goblin

    Goblin PetForums VIP

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    Salt is made of two chemicals, Sodium and Chloride. Both are essential nutrients for dogs. If you ever look at the nutrient profiles for dogs both are listed. There a however also a recommended maximum level of chloride for dogs. There are other sources of both sodium and chloride. So if you are feeding a "balanced" diet, by adding additional salt you may be giving too much. Shouldn't matter if a dog has access to drinking water as it is filtered through the kidneys but why make extra work for the dogs organs?
     
  4. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    In humans, salt is lost through sweat. Dog's don't sweat through their skin like we do, only a little bit through their paws so their need for salt is much less than ours.
     
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