I have been reading the ingredients on Dr. Tim’s grain-free formula, porcine plasma is listed. In layman’s terms is this pig blood? if so, is there any danger of the disease, that has killed thousands of pigs in this country, being transmitted to our dogs?
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Plasma is the liquid component of the blood that remains after the cells are removed. Porcine plasma is essentially pig’s blood with the cells removed. The plasma that appears in pet foods is generally spray-dried. Some have an issue with the ingredient, others don’t.
I’m not sure exactly which “disease that has killed thousands of pigs” you’re referring to, there are many diseases that can be contracted by all animals – pigs included – but if you’re referring to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) you may find this comforting:
“Recent publicity concerning the transmission of PEDv has resulted in questions about the potential role of spray dried porcine plasma and porcine red cells in the spread of this disease. Based on current scientific evidence, collected and processed porcine blood and porcine blood products are safe and do not contribute to the spread of PEDv.”
If you’re referring to circovirus:
“PCV2 DNA and antibodies are commonly found in commercial spray-dried plasma. However, no evidence of infectivity of the PCV2 DNA was found in naïve pigs when commercial spray-dried plasma was included in the diet under the conditions of this study.”
Here are a few articles with various opinions on the use of spray-dried plasma as an animal feed ingredient, they may help you form an opinion:
Here’s some information from two companies who utilize spray-dried plasma in their foods:
Hound Dog Mom – Thank you for the quick response and all of the info you provided, I really appreciate your thorough reply and links
Jackie T, I can’t compare with the amount and quality of information that Hound Dog Mom gave you – I can just share my experience with Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Grain Free – my Bruno did great on it and I was happy to see a different ingredient (porcine plasma) than usual. That’s all I can say.
Thanks for the feedback Naturella
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