Quality Minerals in Your Pet Food?

Another way to analyze the quality of the food that you are feeding your pet is to consider whether or not the minerals it contains are chelated or non-chelated.

What are chelated minerals?  They are necessary dietary minerals that have been chemically combined with organic molecules – molecules like amino acids or polysaccharides (complex sugars). The scientific process of attaching inorganic minerals with organic compounds is called chelation.

Minerals come from the earth and are naturally absorbed by plants. Our pets get the necessary minerals that they need from plants or from eating (meat) plant-eating animals. The most common minerals that our pets need to grow and live a healthy, normally functional life are calcium, copper, iron and zinc.

Some minerals can be difficult digest and are therefore wasted and passed through the system in their stool, without being absorbed or beneficial to the pet.  However, if the minerals are chelated, they can become easier to digest and absorption is greatly improved.

What does a chelated mineral look like? They can usually be identified by the suffixes added to their chemical names. For example:

copper proteinate

manganese proteinate

calcium pantothenate

Note that not all minerals are difficult to absorb or need to be chelated yet chelation can improve the absorption of some minerals by significant amounts (5-15%) – [Aldrich G. “Are Chelated Minerals Worth It?”, April 2008]

Chelated minerals should be considered a welcome addition to any dog food product. And their presence on an ingredients list can also be a tip-off that your a feeding a better quality food. [Dog Food Advisor]

Does Multi Menu use chelated minerals in our pet food formulas?

Yes, we do.

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