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Are we slowly poisoning our pets?

My pup Milo disapproving of extra vitamin A in his food plan.

As somebody who does not have youngsters, my canine is my household.

After working with purchasers from world wide for over 12+ years in my vitamin apply, a typical discovering that I see on testing is individuals are overdosing on vitamin A,  a fats soluble vitamin that’s saved within the physique and does not simply depart for those who get an excessive amount of. It hangs round and bogs down your liver. This occurs from over-consuming dairy/liver/eggs, consuming too many brightly colourful greens (assume candy potatoes, carrots, pink peppers, and many others.), topical vitamin A merchandise like anti-aging retinol lotions, and taking vitamin A containing dietary supplements like multivitamins, prenatals and cod liver oil. Over a number of many years, the liver will get overloaded leading to sluggishness and toxicity.

This phenomenon is well-documented within the literature:

“Vitamin A in excessive doses is a direct toxin. Extra vitamin A is saved in stellate cells within the liver and accumulation can result in their activation and hypertrophy, extra collagen manufacturing, fibrosis and liver damage. The toxicity is dose associated and will be reproduced in animal fashions.” [1]

“The acute and continual results of vitamin A toxicity are nicely documented within the literature. Rising proof means that subtoxicity with out medical indicators of toxicity could also be a rising concern, as a result of consumption from preformed sources of vitamin A typically exceeds the really helpful dietary allowances (RDA) for adults, particularly in developed nations.” [3]

When you perceive the epidemic of vitamin A subtoxicity and toxicity in people, it is easy to see the way it’s taking place in canines. It is because in contrast to people, canines eat the identical factor on daily basis, and these canine meals are loaded with excessive vitamin A meals.

It is essential to notice that vitamin A toxicity is a sluggish burn, which means it will possibly take many years to point out up in people, and years to point out up in canines. It is because for those who get a ‘little bit an excessive amount of’ of one thing on daily basis, not a lot occurs within the short-term, however after years, it will possibly push your physique (or your pet’s) to the tipping level and well being points outcome.

Indicators of Vitamin A Toxicity in Canine and People

In people, vitamin A toxicity can seem like:

  • blurry imaginative and prescient or different imaginative and prescient modifications
  • osteoporosis
  • swelling of the bones
  • bone ache
  • poor urge for food
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sensitivity to daylight
  • dry, tough pores and skin
  • itchy or peeling pores and skin
  • cracked fingernails
  • pores and skin cracks on the corners of your mouth
  • mouth ulcers
  • yellowed pores and skin (jaundice)
  • hair loss
  • respiratory an infection
  • confusion
  • kidney harm
  • headache
  • irritability
  • rash
  • weight acquire and weight problems 

In canines, I might count on the signs to be comparable, with a heavy emphasis on pores and skin points being on the forefront since canines cannot inform us what’s incorrect.

Vitamin A Fundamentals and Human Necessities

Vitamin A is taken into account by vitamin science as one of many fat-soluble nutritional vitamins together with vitamin D (truly a hormone), vitamin E, and vitamin Ok. Extra fats soluble nutritional vitamins like vitamin A are shuttled to tissue for storage, whereas extra water-soluble nutritional vitamins get excreted in urine.

Vitamin A is understood for its function in a wholesome immune system, eye well being, replica, hormone manufacturing, in addition to development and improvement. Some quantity of vitamin A is present in nearly all meals, however essentially the most plentiful sources are often straightforward to establish by their vibrant colours (often pink, orange and inexperienced from vitamin A carotenoids). “Consuming the rainbow” has been mentioned to be a straightforward method to get not solely optimum vitamin, however to be sure to get an abundance of vitamin A in your food plan.

Vitamin A is present in plant meals within the type of proform A carotenoids and in addition present in animal merchandise (retinol – preform model). The plant model of vitamin A carotenoids requires conversion in your physique to develop into useable vitamin A, a course of that is effectivity has a genetic element, i.e. the conversion fee varies per particular person primarily based on gene expression like BCMO1 (rs11645428). Animal sources like liver and egg yolks don’t require conversion to be used.

The RDA for people is as follows:

  • Males over age 19: 900 mcg RAE for males (equal to three,000 IU)
  • Girls over age 19: 700 mcg RAE for girls (equal to 2,333 IU)

Suggestions for canines aren’t as easy (however approach too excessive for my part):

I reached out to Acana (a preferred pet food model), concerning their Healthful Grains, Purple Meat Recipe they usually mentioned it has a vitamin A content material of 34,000 IU/kg as fed. Based mostly on the instance above, the identical dimension canine could be getting considerably extra vitamin A, 7,840-13,090 IU per day primarily based on the identical feeding. Now observe this in comparison with the grownup human suggestions above — a 50 pound canine could be getting 2-5x extra vitamin A than is really helpful for a human that’s possible no less than double-triple the canine’s physique weight.

ACANA Healthful Grains, Purple Meat Recipe has a vitamin A content material of 34,000 IU/kg as fed

If vitamin A subtoxicity is a large drawback in people that hasn’t even gained consciousness, actually nobody is being attentive to in it pets!

The Sins of Canine Meals

Pet food tends to get marginalized, ignored and filled with low high quality, subpar substances leading to feeding that’s not evolutionarily constant. To not point out all of the artificial nutritional vitamins for canine ‘well being’.

Extraordinarily excessive vitamin A meals have now develop into mainstays in pet food, particularly liver, candy potato, pumpkin, and carrots.

Quantity of vitamin A in frequent very excessive vitamin A meals (typically present in pet food):

  • Beef Liver, 1 oz: 5,099 IU
  • Candy Potato, ½ cup chopped: 10,692 IU
  • Carrots, ½ cup cubes: 9,434 IU

Now let us take a look at some in style high-end canine meals:

  • Acana Complete Grains Canine Meals —Beef, pork, beef meal, oat groats, complete sorghum, complete millet, pork meal, complete oats, beef fats, lamb, fish oil, floor miscanthus grass, pure pork taste, beef liver, pork liver, pork kidney, beef tripe, beef kidney, potassium chloride, complete butternut squash, complete pumpkin, salt, taurine, choline chloride, vitamin E complement, dried kelp, zinc proteinate, combined tocopherols (preservative), vitamin D3 complement, vitamin A acetate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 complement, dried chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rose hips, juniper berries, citric acid (preservative), rosemary extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product.
    • ACANA Healthful Grains, Purple Meat Recipe has a vitamin A content material of 34,000 IU/kg as fed
  • Ollie Canine Meals — Beef, carrots, beef kidneys, potatoes, peas, candy potatoes, beef livers, chickpeas, spinach, tricalcium phosphate, salmon oil, salt, taurine, zinc gluconate, vitamin E complement, ferrous sulphate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) complement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodide.
    • Ollie has not responded to my request 2 weeks in the past for vitamin A ranges.
  • Maev Canine Meals (this one had a lot liver in it my canine would not even contact it) —  USDA Beef, USDA Beef Liver, USDA Sweetbreads, Potato (Blanched), Inexperienced Beans, Zucchini, Peanut Butter, Kale, Blueberries, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Mineral Mix.
    • After I requested Maev for the vitamin A content material per serving, they replied ‘Thanks for getting again in contact. We’re unable to share particular percentages as they’re proprietary data. I’ve hooked up our Full Dietary Panel in your evaluation.”

So not solely are canine meals loaded with very excessive vitamin A meals, however some firms will not even inform you how a lot vitamin A is in it. It is ‘proprietary data.’

Compounding the difficulty, most homeowners serve canine treats of cheese or containing cheese additional stacking their vitamin A consumption.

It is extremely possible that canines’ livers are being overloaded with vitamin extra from vitamin A possible shortening their lifespan. Check out Bobi, the worlds oldest canine that lived to age 31 and ate what his people ate.

What To Do

For those who’re studying this and following my logic, there’s a couple of easy subsequent steps.

  1. Analysis the difficulty your self. Do not mechanically agree with a well-intentioned dietary therapist that loves canines on the web, however dive into it your self and are available to your individual conclusions. Contemplate researching first about vitamin A toxicity in people and discover out for those who’re overdosing on vitamin A in your individual food plan too (there may be testing for this). It is a lot simpler to grasp the difficulty with canines for those who first ‘get’ the way it’s taking place in people.
  2. Contact your pet food firm and learn how a lot vitamin A you are truly feeding to your canine. It might be troublesome to get a solution, which is tremendous discouraging, however be persistent!
  3. For those who’re not pleased with the well being of your canine in your present meals, combine it up and think about lowering your present kibble by crowding it out with prime quality human grade meals that’s low in plant toxins and vitamin A (I personally do that by feeding my canine roughly ¾-1 pound of floor beef per day and a few grains, often oats or rice to cut back quantity of normal pet food I feed). You too can contact a number of pet food firms and see if yow will discover one that’s on the decrease finish of the spectrum in the case of vitamin A. (<—- for those who do that, please report again and I will add the degrees of extra pet food to the article)
  4. For those who disagree — please begin a debate within the feedback however please embrace your science and information!

I hope this helps provide you with some concepts about methods to enhance the well being of your self and your pet!

Advised Sources


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angry looking dog in living room


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK548165/
  2. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-a/#:~:textual content=Really helpfulpercent20Amounts&textual content=RDApercent3Apercent20Thepercent20Recommendedpercent20Dietarypercent20Allowance,causepercent20harmfulpercent20effectspercent20onpercent20health.
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16469975/
  4. https://www.aafco.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Model_Bills_and_Regulations_Agenda_Midyear_2015_Final_Attachment_A.__Proposed_revisions_to_AAFCO_Nutrient_Profiles_PFC_Final_070214.pdf
  5. https://ggenereux.weblog/


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