June 20, 2024

Interpretive Summary: The art of establishing mineral tolerances of dogs and cats

Interpretive Summary: The art of establishing mineral tolerances of dogs and cats

By: George C Fahey, Jr, Marcie Campion, George F Collings, Renan Donadelli, Leah Lambrakis, Matthew R Panasevich, J C Peters, James R Templeman, Leslie Hancock

Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives due, in part, to the scientific development of nutritional information. This information has allowed the building of many new types of foods, treats, and supplements that promote life, health, and enjoyment by the pet. There are several organizations that have provided helpful reviews of nutritional data through scientific councils that help identify safe and healthy criteria for all pet food products. These are readily available for those who want to learn more about pet nutrition.

For many nutrients, there is a large database of information to help build products. Nutrients that are called macro- or micro-/trace minerals (e.g., sodium, potassium, zinc, copper, etc.) often have more limited information.

Recently, strong opinions about pet health as related to mineral nutrition have been shared and robustly communicated without adequate scientific research to support the hypotheses. This has led to misinformation, concerns, and fear.

To safeguard the health of companion animals and provide assistance to regulatory bodies regarding the nutritional welfare of dogs and cats, scientific panels have come together from industry, government, and academia to review, approve, and challenge nutritional guidelines. This overview provides the reader context into the rigor needed to establish safe mineral tolerances for dogs and cats.

Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.