What to know before you buy taurine supplements
Taurine is an essential amino acid for humans and pets, so there really isn’t anything much safer. The problem is that many dog diets, especially grain-free diets, don’t have enough taurine in them.
Taurine deficiency can cause electrolyte and immune problems, but the biggest problem for dogs is that taurine deficiency has been linked to cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal and progressive heart problem. Taurine supplements are a cheap and safe way to avoid this in your pet, regardless of their diet.
Taurine benefits for dogs
Adequate levels of taurine are essential for normal cell metabolism and immune function, but the biggest issue that taurine supplementation solves is heart diseases like cardiomyopathy caused by taurine deficiency. Taurine supplementation is a cheap and safe way to prevent this, regardless of your pet’s diet.
Along with this, a recent Columbia University study found a slew of other benefits:
- 12% longer life in female mice, 10% longer in males
- Reduced geriatric weight gain
- Increased muscle endurance and strength
- Improved immune system and stem cell function
- Reduced senescent "zombie" cell accumulation
- increased mitochondrial energy
There are no side effects associated with taurine at the recommended doses. All benefits, no risks. Pretty good calculus.
You can look at the ingredients on your pet’s diet for taurine content, but the easy way is simply to give your pet a taurine supplement—a cheap and safe form of insurance for your dog.
Not all cases of DCM (Dilative CardioMyopathy) are caused by a taurine deficiency, so taurine supplementation will not help all dogs with DCM. However, if your pet’s DCM is in fact caused by their diet, taurine supplementation may help to slow the progression of the disease. There are no downsides to the use of taurine in dogs with DCM. It’s cheap, safe, and routinely recommended by veterinary cardiologists for many different heart conditions.
If you have a simple question on the use of taurine in your pet, I am happy to help and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more complex questions or to develop a treatment plan, we can set up a concierge consult for you.