Magnesium is an essential Macromineral, meaning that it is needed in a fairly large supply in the body. Like most Macrominerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and sulfur) the body requires more than it can produce. Therefore, diet is required to fill the gap between what is naturally in the body and what it actually requires.
Oversupply of magnesium in the body (called Hypermagnesemia) is very uncommon in pets unless they are suffering from kidney problems. The kidneys will naturally excrete any excess, which may cause nothing more than possible loose stools. Undersupply of magnesium (called hypomagnesemia) in pets is actually quite common when a pet is very sick and magnesium levels become depleted. It is often accompanied by low levels of calcium and potassium.
Magnesium is found in raw wheat germ, whole grains, soybeans, milk, and fish and is responsible for a number of functions in the body, over 300 if we’re counting. It aides in the absorption of numerous minerals and nutrients, the production of protein and energy, and also maintains a healthy immune system and strong bones.If we named all 300+ we’d have a very long article on our hands!
Pet Guardians is proud to stock a number of nutritionally balanced diets that contain magnesium and other vital macro and micronutrients that support a healthy body and mind for your pet.
It is always important to consult your vet before making a change to your pet’s diet.