As a pet parent, you’ve likely come across the word “taurine”. Let’s explore why it’s such an essential ingredient for your pets, and how to ensure that your pets heart stays healthy by preventing a taurine deficiency. 

What Is “Taurine”?

Taurine, an amino acid, is a building block for protein and is found mainly in meatYour pet makes some of it naturally, but sometimes, you need to supplement the amount of taurine in your pet’s diet. It’s necessary because taurine deficiency can cause major health issues in your pet.  

Taurine Deficiency In Dogs

Generally, dogs produce their own taurine. Research has confirmed that the production of taurine can vary according to the size of the dog. Larger dogs, for example, produce taurine at a slower pace than smaller dogs. 

Many dog foods are grain-free, but have a significant amount of plant material, starches and legumes, and not as much meat. Grain-free diets have been linked to dogs diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) due to taurine deficiency.  When your pet is not getting enough taurine, serious cardiac complications can arise. Here’s why you should consider adding extra taurine to your pet’s diet:

  • When there is taurine deficiency is your dog, the heart muscle becomes thinner, and the chambers become enlarged, leading to DCM
  • Your taurine-deficient pet is more susceptible to eye disease 
  • If your dog has urinary issues, liver disease, seizure disorders, and Type I diabetes, taurine supplements may be a life-saver

Taurine Deficiency In Cats

Cats, unlike dogs, do not  produce any taurine, and supplements must be included in their diets. Taurine helps in the metabolic process and storing of nutrients. This is what happens when cats don’t get enough taurine:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) causes pumping issues in the heart and leads to congestive heart failure
  • Tooth decay and cavities occur in a taurine-deficient cat
  • Retinal damage, if left untreated can result in irreversible blindness
  • Reproductive issues

If you want to feed your cat a special vegan/vegetarian diet, it is a good idea to run the diet chart by your veterinarian so that extra taurine supplements can be added. Is your cat pregnant? To maintain a normal pregnancy and fetal development, you must ensure that she is getting adequate taurine in her diet. 

Heart Health For Your Pet

At Fera Pet Organics, we’ve created a special taurine supplement providing cardiac support. The product contains hawthorn berry, L-Carnitine, COQ10 and taurine, promoting both cardiovascular function and a robust immune system. It comes in the form of salmon-flavoured capsules, and you can give them to your pet whole, or sprinkled in their food. These vegan capsules do not contain soy, dairy, artificial colors, dyes or harmful preservatives. The perfect boost for your pets cardiovascular function and overall health!

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