Published at Monday, May 21st, 2018 - 19:56:43 PM. . By Nona Oneill.
There can be an increase from mild to severe in some forms of inherited ataxia. It depends on the degree of ataxia a dog has; in most cases dogs are mildly affected and can live normal lives. There seems to be an increased likelihood of inherited ataxia amongst Staffordshire and Jack Russell terriers. There are all types of studies and research being done to better understand why some breeds seem to be affected more than others.
If you are keen to make sure that your dog is being fed enough calcium in his diet, but your dog is Lactose Intolerant or you simply do not want to feed him to much dairy, there are other ways to provide him with calcium. Spinach is an excellent source of calcium, and one cup of cooked spinach has a comparable calcium content to 1 cup of reduced fat milk. A cup of spinach can be easily mixed into a bowl of dog food and most dogs will not have any objection to eating it. There are also many calcium supplements available for dogs - ask your vet for specific recommendations for your dog.
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