Minerals / Dog and Cat Food Nutrition / Pet Food Ingredients
on August 7, 2016

Copper-associated liver disease in dogs: pet food issue?

While most evidence currently points to genetics, it’s possible that copper as a dietary ingredient plays some role.

Some dogs accumulate copper in the liver, resulting in copper storage disease, hepatitis and/or cirrhosis. The numbers are not completely known, but they’re probably less than 1/100 of a percent of the dog population. Initially it was identified with a specific genetic variant in the Bedlington Terrier (autosomal recessive…

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