Copper is important in a dog's diet but is he getting too much?

Copper is necessary for a number of body processes including the formation of collagen, bone and connective tissue, the absorption of iron, the development and maturation of red blood cells, the function as an antioxidant, and the development of pigment in hair.

Copper is important for health but copper does not work alone! Copper and Zinc have a relationship together. Zinc is used for removing too much copper and also so that copper is used properly in your dog's body. Balancing these two critical minerals is extremely important.  

What if my dog is not getting enough Copper what might I see?

  • Anemia
  • Bruises easily
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Frequent infections
  • Loss of hair or skin color

Fresh Food Sources for supplementing copper: 

Liver, organ meats, spirulina, winter squash, peas, green beans

What if my dog is getting too much Copper?

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Weight Loss

Check the label or recipe for your dog's food and see how much Copper from various souces he is getting. If you are using supplements please check those amounts as well.

There can be unintentional sources of copper like copper water pipes and water softeners in the home. Copper water pipes and water softeners are safe, just know all the areas it can be coming in from.

It is also important to check your dog's Zinc levels from current food sources. 

You are a great pet parent for taking this time and learning about copper and how important it is to get it right. 

If you are ready to take the next step check out the Nutritional Blueprint and know for sure!

Knowing is Better!