Canine Copper-Associated Hepatopathy – An Evidence Based Approach

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Canine Copper-Associated Hepatopathy (copper storage disease) is recognized with increasing frequency in dogs. While most evidence currently points to genetics (with only two breeds having successfully discovered the deletion gene), growing studies are demonstrating it is possible that the dietary ingredient (cu) plays a critical and sometimes fatal role in dogs due to several industry changes in pet food, which may give answers to those with an unknown etiology.

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This Affects All Dogs

The mineral copper is an essential dietary nutrient for all dogs.
The latest studies we have from veterinary experts from several different academic institutions believe that the incidence of copper-associated hepatopathy associated with the changes in the average liver copper concentrations reported are unlikely to be due to the dogs’ excretion of copper, theorizing that diet, and not genetics, is the most critical underlying factor influencing copper accumulation in the liver of dogs.

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  • Changes in pet food formulations over the last several decades have an influence on dietary copper levels
  • AAFCO removed their safe upper limit for copper in 2007, and has yet to provide a new value
  • How much copper do dogs need, and how should pet owners take into account the wide availability of the mineral and its nutrient interactions?

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