As pet parents, we might never think about copper being in our pet’s food, but, if you look at the list of ingredients in your pet’s food, you’ll likely find it. At PURELUXE, we include trace amounts of copper in every dog and cat formula as it helps our pets make red blood cells and absorb iron better. A copper deficiency can cause muscular and skeletal problems.
So perfect. Copper is helpful, and our pets need it. No problems right? Unfortunately, researchers have shown that nearly 30% of dog liver biopsies have been effected by an excess amount of copper which results in an illness called copper associated hepatopathy (CAH). Once excess copper reaches our pet’s liver, it can cause inflammation which then results in scarring (cirrhosis) and possible liver failure.
Some experts argue that this excess amount of copper is due only having a legal minimum level for copper in dog food and not having a legal upper limit. As such, some pet food companies might not be as careful as others when it comes to controlling the amount of copper in their pet food. At PURELUXE Pet Food, we test every batch of dog and cat formula we make to insure that every bit meets our exacting standards. This is rare in the industry as most pet food companies only pull certain batches at random to insure quality and safety. When it comes to any excess of any ingredient, PURELUXE knows right away and can make a correction if needed before any formula reaches your pet’s bowl.
When it comes to excess copper and what’s really in your pet’s food, ask your pet food company the questions that matter. Do they test every batch? Are they completely transparent? Learn more about all of our PURELUXE dog and cat formulas at pureluxepetfood.com. Also, be sure to bring your pet to the vet regularly to spot any health issues before they become major problems.