Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

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Christmas Candy Canes


Given the season, we considered doing Peppermint Candy Canes for the “P” of our ingredient series, but you don’t find too much peppermint in dog food, and candy canes certainly aren’t good for them, so we went with Pantothenic Acid instead.


What is Pantothenic Acid?

Pantothenic acid is a water-soluble vitamin and, for many animals, an essential nutrient.  Animals require pantothenic acid to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.


Common names for Pantothenic Acid

The most common name variations include Vitamin B-5 and Pantothenate and Calcium pantothenate.


Why is Pantothenic Acid included in dog food?

Pantothenic acid assists in vitamin metabolism and helps in the conversation of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy for the body.


Is Pantothenic Acid a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Pantothenic acid is a very widely used dog food ingredient. We found it in near 80% of dog foods.


Common benefits or risks of Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid helps the body metabolize macro nutrients.   It also can enhance stamina, and is involved in the production of neurotransmitters. Pantothenic acid may help prevent and treat depression and anxiety and is useful for normal function of the intestinal tract.

Pantothenic acid deficiency causes fatigue, nausea, and can cause headaches in people.

There are no known specific disease conditions related to Pantothenic acid in pets.

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Miscellaneous facts about Pantothenic Acid

Sources of pantothenic acid include beef, brewer’s yeast, eggs, vegetables, organ meats (especially liver and heart), rice and wheat bran, mushroom, saltwater fish, and whole wheat.

Pantothenic acid, vitamin B5, is known as the anti-stress vitamin since it is involved in the production of adrenal hormones and antibodies produced by the body’s white blood cells.
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Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

Due to its many benefits, Pantothenic Acid gets a Slimdoggy “smiley” rating.


Sources and further reading

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  1. Very interesting. I have noticed that ingredient in foods and some supplements.
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  2. My mom likes that diagram, she loved those science classes with the periodic table of elements and diagramming out things. Merry Christmas!
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  3. Very informative post 🙂 . Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂 Best wishes from Yourspecialdog
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  4. I must have a bunch of that in my food as I’m feeling a little fatigue. Have a Merry Christmas!
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  5. 80% of dog food!
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  6. Very interesting Slim, i love learning these things!
    Merry Christmas!!
    ((Husky hugz))
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  7. This is a great idea for a series. There are all sorts of ingredients that I can’t really identify in dog foods…doesn’t mean they are bad, just like this one. Sounds like a scary chemical, but is actually an essential vitamin.

    I have heard it said (admittedly by someone from a pet food company) that you need around 50 ingredients to make a balanced dog food, which is why I always like to recommend a dry dog food as a base, even if you like to home-cook for your pet. Feeding the same veggie, rice and meat mix day after day, can lead to micro-nutrient deficiencies, because a more natural diet would involve foraging and eating a variety of different foods each day (including intestinal contents of prey, grasses, waste products like faeces(!!!!), bones and organ meat).

    I also think it is interesting that historically dogs have evolved alongside human societies and most likely ate lots of our poo…no wonder some of them still like to chow on some tasty faecal nuggets. My own little Pomeranian is always ready and waiting for me to turn my back for a second at nappy change time, so that he can duck in and score himself some nice warm baby poo.

    Too much information, I know. Sorry to anyone who has just eaten their lunch!

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to the letter Q….I can’t think what that will be off the top of my head!

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