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Old 12-20-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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I heard somewhere that feeding lamb blend kibble is not good for a dog if fed regularly. I can't remember where I read it and I can't find anything substantial.
Supposedly it can cause copper toxicity and other things. My hubby's dog has been on performatrin lamb since puppyhood and he will be 2 in January. Should we be changing his food?

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We used to feed Iams lamb but we have switched to Kirkland since I joined the forum. Iams was what the vet that checked out Lucy when we were adopting recommended. I think the company has changed hands and it's not as good a food now.
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I've never heard anything bad about lamb, but im no expert.

My parent's dog was fed science diet lamb blend for who knows how long before we adopted him. He's 8 years old now and we've had him for 2 years and only switched to a new food last year.
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:22 PM   #4
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I heard somewhere that feeding lamb blend kibble is not good for a dog if fed regularly. I can't remember where I read it and I can't find anything substantial.
Supposedly it can cause copper toxicity and other things. My hubby's dog has been on performatrin lamb since puppyhood and he will be 2 in January. Should we be changing his food?
If your husband's dog is still being fed Performatrin Ultra Puppy (lamb and brown rice), then yes, it is past time for him to be switched to an adult formula, with an appropriate nutritional balance for adult dogs, such as Performatrin Ultra Adult.

You should not be changing his food based on a statement made somewhere you can't recall, by someone you can't recall, for which you can't find any supporting information.

Copper toxicity is uncommon, except in a few breeds that have a genetic predisposition to retain copper in their livers. Copper hepatotoxicosis, or Copper Storage Disease, is common among Bedlington Terriers (at particular risk), Doberman Pinschers, Skye Terriers and West Highland Terriers. These breeds often have elevated liver copper levels (not necessarily to toxic levels), regardless of what food they are being fed, because they do not eliminate excess copper well. As many as 2/3 of Bedlingtons have a genetic predisposition to retain copper. Dobermans have an elevated risk of chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, and elevated copper levels, but it isn't clear if the elevated copper levels are related to the incidence of chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Elevated liver copper levels in Skyes are thought to be related to a bile production problem common in the breed. Elevated liver copper levels in Westies appears to be familial, but the inheritance isn't understood, yet. All these breeds have an elevated risk of chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, and elevated liver copper levels.

While it is true that lamb liver contains higher levels of copper than some other meat sources, lamb meal in dog food does not pose a particular health risk to dogs. Keep in mind that most commercial dog foods contain copper supplements, whether or not the foods contain lamb. If you are concerned about copper toxicity, then consider having your dog tested for elevated liver copper levels. In the case that your dog did turn out to retain copper, you would have to treat that regardless of what you feed. Until there is evidence to suggest otherwise, I see no reason to switch away from a lamb-based dog food as a precaution against possible future copper toxicity.
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What is the best meat for dogs? Is it Lamb, Pork, Beef, Chicken or fish?
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