Pet food manufacturers are scrambling to respond to concerns that the consumption of pet foods with high amounts of iron is increasing the risk of developing iron-deficiency anemia.
A recent survey conducted by food and supplement company Peta, for example, found that more than 50% of respondents have noticed a significant increase in their risk of acquiring anemia after consuming a diet with high levels of iron.
The survey was conducted by Peta with over 10,000 pet food retailers, and the company says that in 2016, the prevalence of anemia in pet food consumers was significantly higher than any other age group.
An increasing number of pet food companies are offering pet foods containing high levels.
Many companies offer products for cats and dogs that contain high levels or include a mix of high and low iron.
Many pet food manufacturers have added products for birds and small animals that contain varying amounts of both iron and vitamin A. Another popular pet food is formulated to contain the same amount of iron as chicken breasts.
Pet food companies have also started adding nutritional value to their products, which has led to a rise in the number of high-quality pet food supplements.
As pet food becomes more popular, consumers are buying more pet food products that contain the most iron available.
High iron levels can also increase the risk for certain cancers, including breast cancer.
A 2017 study conducted by the University of Arizona showed that women who ate a diet high in vitamin A had a 3.5 times higher risk of getting breast cancer compared to women who didn’t eat any food.
In 2017, a study found that people who ate fish oil supplements had a 4.5% higher risk for developing lung cancer compared with those who ate vegetable oils.