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Purine
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Our recipes aren't specifically formulated to be low-purine, and we don't measure purine levels in our products.

Ingredients especially high in purine include:

  • Organ meat

  • Wild game meat

  • Red meat

  • Some seafood (tuna, sardines, anchovies)

Our plant-based kibbles contain none of these high-purine ingredients but do include green peas, which fall into the moderate-purine category. So while our plant-based kibbles aren't low-purine diets, they are lower in purines compared to our other kibbles.

Why are high levels of purine undesirable?

When your body digests purine, it produces a waste product called uric acid. Some dogs, and certain dog breeds, have trouble breaking down uric acid. A buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints can lead to health issues such as kidney stones and a type of arthritis known as gout. The purpose of a low-purine diet is to manage and minimize these issues, not to completely eliminate purines.

Why don't we analyze Edgard & Cooper recipes for purine levels?

Measuring purine levels in food is a complex process. The accuracy of these measurements heavily depends on the methodology of the laboratory conducting the analysis. Since purine levels in a complex matrix like kibble are difficult to measure, each laboratory may have its own methodology and standard deviations for the five different purine levels (adenine, hypoxanthine, xanthine, uric acid, and guanine).

To reliably compare purine levels between products, the analysis must be conducted by the same laboratory, ideally at the same time. Therefore, even if we provided purine levels for one of our diets, it wouldn't allow for reliable comparisons with other diets.

For more information on specific dietary needs or concerns, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian.

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