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- Heart Health maintenance
- Brain Health
- Skeletal Muscle health
- Taurine is used for many functions and is present in greatest concentrations in the heart wall muscles, brain, and retina. Dogs can manufacture taurine on their own, but many dogs still develop taurine deficiencies, especially those on grain-free diets.
- Zelda's Taurine Powder is blended with other heart healthy dried fruits that have similar benefits so your dog is getting the best nature has to offer.
Taurine is one of 20 amino acids present in the canine body necessary for the body to function properly. Taurine is used for many functions, and is present in greatest concentrations in the heart wall muscles, brain and retina. Dogs, unlike cats, can manufacture taurine on their own, however, some dogs still develop taurine deficiencies. Even dogs who are not deficient in taurine may benefit from supplementation. In many recent studies dogs on grain free diets are high in deficiencies related to taurine.
Problems With Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Often an owner may not realize a dog is suffering from A dog suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), or an enlarged heart. It can be a slow killer it is wise to add a taurine supplement to your dog's food.
Dog's may benefit from taurine supplements even if he is not deficient in the amino acid. Symptoms of DCM include loss of appetite, lethargy, shortness of breath, rapid or excessive breathing, distended abdomen, coughing and sporadic loss of consciousness. All or some symptoms may be present. With DCM, the heart is pumping inefficiently, fluid accumulates in the lungs, and the dog can develop congestive heart failure. In addition to taurine supplements, your veterinarian also may prescribe a variety of medications to ease the symptoms of DCM.
Reasons for some of the deficiencies
Some breeds are more prone to a taurine deficiency than others. American cocker spaniels, Saint Bernards and some other giant breeds, as well as Labrador and golden retrievers all have a higher risk of developing taurine deficiencies than other breeds. Certain health conditions, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and cystinuria are related to taurine deficiencies and benefit from supplements.
There are some diets, which may make a dog more prone to taurine deficiency, particularly if he is one of the breeds predisposed to deficiency. Diets that are low in protein and high in fiber, as well as lamb and rice diets, may not provide sufficient taurine for some dogs, and grain free diets.
Cystinuria is a genetic disease of the urinary tract. Dogs with cystinuria develop kidney, ureter and bladder stones. A taurine deficiency does not cause this illness, however, dogs with cystinuria excrete an elevated amount of cystine, which is a precursor amino acid, necessary for taurine synthesis. For this reason, dogs with cystinuria often suffer from taurine deficiencies and can benefit from supplementation.
(credit to 2020, S. D. Dwilson, J. Waite, PHD)