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Copper Content in Dog Foods

According to Dr. Jean Dodds DVM, "Abnormal accumulation of copper in the liver leads to chronic liver failure, and is an heritable or familial trait recognized in an increasing number of dog breeds, including the West Highland White Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Skye Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever, Keeshond, and American Cocker Spaniel. Other breeds may also be affected. Certain diseases of the liver, especially those that cause blockage of the bile duct or bile flow (cholestasis), also can result in excessive hepatic copper accumulation."

For further information on CAH from Dr. Dodds please see the link to the article by Dr. Dodds called Copper Toxicosis / Chronic Active Hepatitis under the "Health Issues" heading.

With the above in mind, I have complied the following list of Copper content in various dog foods - work in progress. This list is current, to the best of my knowledge, as of 11/2004. If you have any additions or know of any corrections, please e-mail me: rottndobie@yahoo.com - July 6, 2011

NOTE: Since it has been a long time since I first wrote this website with the copper content of the foods, it would behoove you to double check with the manufacture of the food in case the amount of copper in the food has changed. So many have gone though formula changes. (July 6, 2011)

Maximal Dog (Artemis - Grain-Free) - 16 mg/kg
Active Care Lamb/Brown Rice 10 mg/kg
Active Care Chicken/Brown Rice 12 mg/kg
ANF Canine Holistic - 13.25 mg/kg
ANF Duck & Potato Holistic - 13.19 mg/kg
APD Chicken Meal/Rice - 13 mg/kg
APD Lamb Meal/Rice - 12 mg/kg
APD Puppy Chicken Meal/Rice 11 mg/kg
AvoDerm Adult Chicken Meal/Rice - 11 mg/kg
AvoDerm Adult Lamb Meal/Rice - 9 mg/kg
AvoDerm Puppy Chicken Meal/Rice - 11 mg/kg
Bil-Jac - 14 Mg/Kg
Bil-Jac Frozen - 17.1 mg/kg
California Natural Lamb/Rice - 9 mg/kg
California Natural Herring/Sweet Potato - 16.06 mg/kg
California Natural Chicken/Rice 9 mg/kg
California Natural Puppy Chicken/Rice 16 mg/kg
California Natural Puppy Lamb/Rice - 16 mg/kg
Canidae ALS 11 mg/kg
Canidae Chicken/Rice - 11 mg/kg
Canidae Lamb/Rice - 11 mg/kg
Canine Caviar Venison & Split Pea (Grain-free) - 18.1 mg/kg
Diamond Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul 16 mg/kg
Diamond most varieties 15 to 19 mg/kg
Diamond Taste of the Wild, High Prairie (Grain-free) - 16.4 mg/kg
Dog Lover's Gold - 20 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Fish/Oatmeal - 10.5mg/kg
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Lamb Meal 12 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Chicken - 15 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Duck Meal - 14 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Original Adult - 14 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Maintenance - 13 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Power - 15 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Senior Care - 14 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Large/Giant Puppy - 13 mg/kg
Eagle Pack Small/Medium Breed Puppy - 15 mg/kg
Earthborn Holistic, Adult Vantage - 18 mg/kg
Earthborn Holistic, Ocean Fusion - 15 mg/kg
Earthborn Holistic, Primitive Natural - 20 mg/kg
Earthborn Holistic, Great Plains Feast - 14.96 mg/kg
Earthborn Holistic, Coastal Catch - 14.03 mg/kg
Earthborn Holistic, Small Breed - 15 mg/kg
Eukanuba Low-Residue Adult - 17.78 mg/kg
EVO (Grain-free) - 20.0 mg/kg
Flint River Ranch Original Kibble 12 mg/kg
Flint River Ranch Adult Nugget 12 mg/kg
Flint River Ranch Lamb/Millet/Rice 6.5 mg/kg
Flint River Ranch Dry Water 10 mg/kg
Flint River Ranch Senior - 6.5 mg/kg
Fromm Gold Nutritionals, Adult - 11.0 mg/kg
Fromm Classics Adult - 10.7 mg/kg
Fromm Four-Star, all varieties - 11.0 mg/kg
Fromm Surf & Turf (Grain-free) - 11.0 mg/kg
Force (Honest Kitchen - Grain-free) - 7.7 mg/kg
Iams Adult - 29.20 mg/kg
Innova - 9 mg/kg
Innova Senior 9 mg/kg
Innova Puppy - 16 mg/kg
Merrick Whole Earth Farms Adult - 13 mg/kg
Merrick Whole Earth Farms Senior - 8 mg/kg
Merrick Whole Earth Farms Puppy - 16 mg/kg
Merrick Cowboy Cookout - 11.5 mg/kg
Merrick Grammy's Pot Pie - 13.1 mg/kg
Merrick Turducken - 13.3 mg/kg
Merrick Wilderness Blend - 12.2 mg/kg
Merrick Campfire Trout - 13 mg/kg
Merrick Puppy Plate - 13.8 mg/kg
Merrick BG Buffalo (grain free) - 12 mg/kg
Merrick BG Salmon (grain free)- 12 mg/kg
Merrick BG Chicken (grain free)- 14 mg/kg
Natural Balance The Ultra - 12.83 mg/kg
Natural Balance Potato & Duck - 10.18 mg/kg
Natural Balance Reduced - 12.46 mg/kg
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison (Grain-free) - 13.20 mg/kg
Natural Balance Potato & Duck (Grain-free) - 11.3 mg/kg
Nature's Variety, Instinct Duck (Grain-free) - 30.2 mg/kg
Nature's Variety Prairie, Chicken Meal & Brown Rice - 24.80 mg/kg
Nature's Variety Prairie, Beef Meal & Barley - 20.89 mg/kg
Nature's Variety Prairie, Lamb Meal & Oatmeal - 20.95 mg/kg
Nature's Variety Prairie, Venison Meal & Millet - 15.48 mg/kg
Nature's Variety Prairie, Salmon Meal & Brown Rice - 17.81 mg/kg
Nature's Variety Prairie, Raw Instinct - 25.86 mg/kg
Newman's Own - 27 mg/kg
Now! Adult (Petcurean - Grain-free)) - 23.9 mg/kg
Nutrisource Adult - 16 mg/kg
Nutrisource Nutrisource Lamb Meal/Rice - 10.5 mg/kg.
Nutro Max Puppy - 10 mg/kg
Nutro Max Senior - 13mg/kg ~
Nutro Max Beef Meal/Rice - 9 mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Lamb/Rice - 12mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Weight Management - 9 mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice Adult Large Breed - 10 mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice Adult Lamb & Rice - 12 mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Meal/Rice/Oatmeal - 10 mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice High Energy - 10 mg/kg
Nutro Natural Choice Senior - 10 mg/kg
NRG Pet Products - Original-Vitality formula (semi-raw, all meats are roasted/has raw fruits and vegetables) - 3 mg/kg
Orijen Adult (Champion - Grain-free) - 25.6 mg/kg
Pedigree Mealtime - 6.0 Mg/Kg
Pedigree Lamb And Rice - 7.9 mg/kg
Pinnacle Chicken/Oats - 19.8 mg/kg
Pinnacle Trout/Sweet Potato 10.8 mg/kg
Precise Sensicare Formula - 13.41 mg/kg
Precise Plus Adult - 14.69 mg/kg
Precise Foundation - 15.13 mg/kg
Premium Edge Adult (Diamond) - 17 mg/kg
Purina Dog Chow - 13 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Puppy Chicken and Rice - 15.2 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Puppy Lamb and Rice - 15.7 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Puppy Large Breed - 19.25 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Puppy Small Breed - 16.4 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Beef and Rice - 14.5 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Chicken and Rice - 17.6 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Lamb and Rice - 15.1 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Performance Chicken and Rice - 14.59 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Sensitive Skin/Stomach - 15 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Turkey and Barley - 15.2 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Weight Management - 22.0 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Weight Mgmt, Small Breed - 14.7 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Weight Mgmt, Large Breed - 13.99 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Senior Chicken and Rice - 15.8 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Senior Lamb and Rice - 15.8 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Sr Chicken and Rice, Small Breed - 15 mg/kg
Purina ProPlan Sr Chicken and Rice, Large Breed - 14.2 mg/kg
Science Diet Lamb And Rice - 13.7 mg/kg
Science Diet Maintenance - 17.1 mg/kg
Science Diet Canine LD - 4.5mg/kg
Solid Gold, most formulas - 15 mg/kg
Solid Gold, Barking at the Moon (Grain-free) - 16.0 mg/kg
Taplow's FirstMate, Potato/Chicken (Grain-free) - 14.2 mg/kg
Wellness, CORE (Grain-free) - 22.5 mg/kg
Wellness, Super5Mix Chicken - 18.5 mg/kg
Wellness, Simple Solutions Duck - 8 mg/kg
Wysong Growth 11.5 mg/kg
Wysong Maintenance 10.3 mg/kg
Wysong Senior 9.5 mg/kg
Wysong Synorgon 9.6 mg/kg

Eukanuba Lamb & Rice Adult - 33.00 mg/kg (note zinc levels)(Three of their foods, Natural 26 among them, have been recently reformulated with higher levels of copper, zinc and magnesium than in the past. The other three, Lamb & Rice among them, are going to be reformulated in the near future, probably with highercopper content also. This food is offered in New England, East Coast &Middle Atlantic States.)

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