The original blog post - Why Taurine In Dog Food Is So Important can be seen on the Life's Abundance blog here.
Every ingredient in dog food should provide a benefit. We choose to feed Life's Abundance dog food because they also believe in a whole-health, or holistic, approach to product formulation. Life's Abundance dog foods include all the nutrients that we know their bodies need — including some cutting edge ingredient choices we’ve made over the years that can pay big dividends to your dog’s health, taurine among them.
Taurine publicly emerged as an important nutrient for dogs in 2018 when the canine heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), started making headlines. Even before taurine made headlines and brought awareness to it, Life's Abundance has included taurine at guaranteed minimum levels in their dry dog foods. We love them because they don’t believe that formulating dog food to just be “good” is good enough. That's important because we want our dogs to be as healthy and happy as long as possible.
What is taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid that dogs need in order to maintain proper body function, including keeping your dog’s heart pumping strong. Because dogs can naturally make it themselves and it doesn't build protein, taurine is not considered to be an essential amino acid. However, there are other health benefits of adding guaranteed taurine to their diet.
Here are some of the benefits of taurine for dogs:
Strengthens heart muscles and vascular function
Promotes reproductive health
Supports healthy vision and retina health
Promotes healthy liver function
What is taurine deficiency in dogs?
Dogs, just like people, can have nutritional deficiencies. Sometimes they are harder to diagnose because many times there are no obvious symptoms of taurine deficiency in dogs.
When taurine levels in your dog’s blood are low, the heart will become weaker and will not be able to circulate blood through the body properly. Taurine deficiency is one of the causes of a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) — this is when the heart muscle thins and the chambers become enlarged. Research to uncover more about DCM and its possible causes is ongoing by the FDA.
Although DCM can be genetic, it can also be caused by, you guessed it, taurine deficiency. Some breeds that are predisposed to taurine deficiency include:
How do I support my dog’s heart health with taurine?
Keeping an open dialogue with your veterinarian about your dog’s health is an important first step. Next, choosing a food with guaranteed amounts of taurine for your dog’s daily diet will add nutritional support for your dog, and peace of mind for you. Check out our line of dry dog food at Life’s Abundance, which includes taurine in every kibble.
Here’s an insider tip when it comes to dog food formulas: Taurine isn’t considered an essential or traditional amino acid because its primary function is not to build proteins, like other amino acids do. This is why finding taurine in dog food brands other than Life’s Abundance has been practically unheard of. When you choose to feed Life’s Abundance dog food, your search for dry dog food with taurine is at an end.
We feel confident feeding our dogs Life's Abundance. We've been feeding this food since 2003 and have always been pleased with the health of our dogs. Don't forget to add on some of Life's Abundance's healthy, never recalled dog and puppy treats too! Give your dogs treats with a purpose instead of treats that have sugars and junky ingredients.
Why Choose Life's Abundance dog and cat products?
Life's Abundance has had NO RECALLS EVER!
Life's Abundance has been in business since 1999.
Life's Abundance currently has 6 warehouses to make shipping to you as quick as possible and carries products for you and your pets.
Life's Abundance dry dog and cat foods are generally shipped within 6 weeks of being made. They don't sit in non climate controlled warehouses or semi trailers for months before hitting the store shelves.
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Lisa and Rich Jelinek