Plasma for Dogs and Cats: The #1 Ingredient to Look For!

Plasma may not be a pet food ingredient you’re familiar with, but it could be in your dog’s or cat’s food right now—and for good reason! Let’s learn more about plasma for dogs and cats and why it’s a great addition to their food, treats, and supplements. 

It seems that every time you turn around these days, someone is trying out a new ingredient in pet foods and acting like it’s the best thing since belly rubs. But one ingredient that doesn’t get a lot of attention despite its many benefits is plasma. This little-known but highly nutritious ingredient has been in pet foods for many years, and your dog or cat might benefit from recipes that include it. This article will look at plasma for dogs and cats, what it is, why it’s great, and where you can find it!

What Is Plasma?

Plasma is the liquid component of blood. It’s about 90% water, but it also contains active functional proteins that help support pet health. It’s a naturally occurring ingredient found in all meat.

To get plasma, blood from healthy animals is collected. It then goes into a centrifuge, which spins the blood to separate the red blood cells and plasma. Finally, the plasma is processed with spray drying to turn it into a powder that can be added to products.

Plasma for Dogs and Cats Has Many Nutritional Benefits

Plasma is chock-full of functional, high-quality proteins that are easy to digest and absorb. Protein is necessary for muscle growth and repair. Further, plasma contains beneficial amino acids, minerals, antibodies, and other nutrients, all of which may help support:

  • The immune system
  • Digestive health and healthy gut microbiota
  • Nutrient absorption
  • Muscle development
  • Skin and coat health
  • Energy levels

What’s more, plasma’s influence extends system-wide, impacting the entire immune system and helping support its ability to respond to stress and inflammation across the body.

Finally, plasma has a flavor and aroma that can encourage picky eaters to chow down.

You Can Find Plasma in a Variety of Pet Products

Pet companies have been adding plasma to pet food, treats, and supplements for decades as a functional ingredient that enhances the overall nutritional profile of the product.

WINPRO has a collection of dog supplements for allergies, gut health, hip and joint health, recovery, and calming, as well as dental sticks, meal toppers, and other products made with a plasma-powered formula.

Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein™ kibble recipes for cats are inspired by the natural feline diet. They contain up to 95% protein, feature meat as the first ingredient, and are formulated without grains, gluten, GMOs, or artificial preservatives or fillers.

Visit APC to learn more about how plasma supports whole-body health.


Animal Wellness is North America’s top natural health and lifestyle magazine for dogs and cats, with a readership of over one million every year. AW features articles by some of the most renowned experts in the pet industry, with topics ranging from diet and health related issues, to articles on training, fitness and emotional well being.

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