Although your dog might be happy and healthy, certain breeds of dog are genetically predisposed to taurine deficiency. Here’s what you need to know if your dog is susceptible to medical issues caused by an inability to produce taurine.
If your once-energetic dog is now less inclined to run and play, there could be numerous medical issues at fault. One of these concerns could be dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) brought on by taurine deficiency.
What is taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid that functions as a protein building block. It facilitates the healthy development and support of muscles, the brain, the eyes, and the heart. While most dog breeds can synthesize taurine without dietary supplementation, certain breeds suffer from a genetic defect that prevents their bodies from producing it. These breeds include:
- American cocker spaniel
- Golden retriever
- Labrador retriever
- Saint Bernard
- English setter
Taurine deficiency itself doesn’t present symptoms, but it can lead to DCM, which has several tell-tale signs. Signs of DCM in dogs are:
- Exhaustion after moderate or mild exertion
- Excessive panting
- Heavy drooling
If your dog exhibits any of these signs, you must consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. The most effective treatment for dogs with taurine deficiency is taurine dietary supplementation. Zignature taurine rich formulas offer all-natural, meat-forward ingredients that offer complete nutritional support. However, talk to your vet about any potential food sensitivities or allergies before altering your dog’s diet — your vet will suggest the most appropriate program for your dog’s condition.
Most dogs respond well to taurine supplementation, and with continual monitoring and dedicated treatment, your pooch should return to their old, lively self.
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