Scientific Works Series C. Veterinary Medicine

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ALUMINUM LEVELS IN CATS AND DOGS

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXV, Issue 1
Written by Emanuela BADEA, Gheorghe Valentin GORAN, Victor CRIVINEANU

Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and makes for durable, light and corrosion resistant objects. Aluminum is also an excellent conductor of electricity. It has thus made its way into items all around us. Its bioavailability grew as its uses increased, being utilized as an additive in processed food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Aluminum may contribute to several neurological and haematological disorders. This study aimed to study the aluminum levels in hair samples taken from cats and dogs. The study took into consideration the animals’ habitat, gender and age. Hair samples were analyzed via ICP-MS. Mean aluminum levels were higher in dogs (136.66 mg•kg-1) compared to cats (94.31 mg•kg-1). Both cats and dogs that lived outdoors registered higher Al levels than animals living indoors, but no statistical significance was found.

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