Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Montomorillonite

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Per special request of our friend Oz the Terrier, we are sticking with the letter  “m” for the second week in a row and are featuring “Montomorillonite” as our ingredient of the day.


What is Montomorillonite?

According to Wikipedia, Montmorillonite is a very soft … group of minerals that typically form in microscopic crystals, forming a clay.  It is named after Montmorillon in France.


Common names for Montmorillonite

The most common name variations for Montmorillonite include Montmorillonite clay, Calcium Montmorillonite, and Bentonite .


Why is Montmorillonite included in dog food?

Montmorillonite clay is used in some pet foods as a natural anti-caking agent.  In addition, it is a natural source of minerals so it may bring with it added health benefits to pets.


Is Montmorillonite a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Not really.   We found Montmorillonite in 3% of all dog foods in our database.


Common benefits or risks of Montmorillonite

Besides being an anti-caking agent, Montmorillonite provides somewhere near 50 trace minerals.  Montmorillonite is also purported to facilitate the elimination of body toxins. It has also been shown to have some anti-bacterial properties and can prevent diarrheal diseases.

Miscellaneous facts about Montmorillonite

As a topical, Montmorillonite has been used to treat contact dermatitis.

Montmorillonite and other types of clays are used in human detoxifying solutions.


Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

neutral slimdoggyAlthough it appears to be a beneficial ingredient, the research available on Montmorillonite in a dog’s diet is sparse.  For this reason, we give this ingredient a “neutral” rating.


Sources and further reading

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  1. Love this series. I have not heard of this ingredient. Thanks for the information. 🙂
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    • Thanks. You should see the list of different ingredients we have created. Thousands!

  2. Never heard of it before. Interesting.
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    • It was Oz the Terrier who asked about this one. Thanks Oz!

  3. Great info Slim!
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  4. Interesting ingredient. I’ve never heard of it but now I’m going to be on the look out for it!
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  5. Fascinating. A clay. The first thing that comes to mind is the pregnant women in the south who eat clay because their bodies tell them to. Hmm.
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  6. Oo never heard of that!
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  7. Now that’s one I’ve never heard of either. If I saw that on my ingredients list, I certainly would wonder about it!
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  8. Anti-caking agent, Interesting. Golden Thanks for sharing. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  9. Woof-hoo, SlimDoggy! Thanks for giving me the “data” on this ingredient. I found it in an ingredient list for a treat and was like ?????
    *high paw*
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    • That one was for you Oz. Can you write a Limerick about Montomorillonite?

      How about this:
      My dog food contains Montomorillonite
      When I saw that it gave me quite a fright
      Whats that you say?
      It comes from clay!
      Well in that case perhaps I will have a bite!
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  10. That is one big long word that I never heard of and probably can’t say. It almost sounds like the minerals in dietamecious earth which you see I can’t spell either.
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  11. High protein pet foods that get their protein from animal fat are a great choice for very active dogs.
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