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L-Carnitine & Taurine Products for Heart Health
Recent research from the USA and its wide adoption by US Veterinarians, has prompted us to launch a new updated range of L-Carnitine & Taurine supplements - Carnicare DuoMax
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RECENT RESEARCH FROM THE USA
WE NOW STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU YOUR DOG MAY BENEFIT FROM BOTH CARNITINE AND TAURINE
Maintaining and Supporting Your Dog’s Heart Health
Heart health in the modern dog is principally governed by genetics, diet, weight and exercise. Controlling these latter three factors is our responsibility as owners
Diet and specifically supplementation of the diet with key amino acids can give your dog increased support. It becomes even more important if your dog is of one of those breeds more genetically pre-disposed to heart problems
There are some technical articles in on our website that may help you to understand more; https://acecanine.myshopify.com/pages/dog-health-articles-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm
The highest levels of L-Carnitine can be found in heart muscle tissue. The body’s ability to synthesise L-Carnitine decreases with age and supplementation may be necessary to support good heart health.
This means that the heart requires a higher level of L-Carnitine than may be found in some diets. Low levels of L-Carnitine are associated with several breeds, especially Boxers, but also Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, and Dobermans.
It is important to use basic L-Carnitine eg. Acetyl L-Carnitine for example has no validity in heart health.
While it is technically true that Taurine is not an essential amino acid for dogs, it is far from clear that all dogs have the ability to synthesize adequate levels of Taurine.
The association between low Taurine levels and congestive heart failure has been known for some time. Recent studies in the US have increased our understanding of this link and shown that supplementation of the diet with Taurine has reversed the condition in some breeds.
Some breeds (e.g., Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels are prone to a low Taurine level in their systems even when Taurine levels in their diet are adequate. There is evidence that Taurine supplementation supports heart health in many breeds
Recent findings by the US Food & Drug Administration have shown a likely link between low Taurine levels in dogs and "cereal free" pet food brands that have replaced cereals with potatoes and pulses. https://www.fda.gov/media/171754/download
There is a good overall summary here from the Veterinary Nurse website
Why our dogs may need help with Vegetarian and Vegan diets
It is very difficult for vegetarian and vegan dogs to obtain sufficient of the amino acids Taurine and Carnitine from vegetable sources and it is common for dogs to be deficient, especially in older dogs.
While some people choose to raise their dogs on a vegetarian diet for ethical reasons there are a number of important factors to consider when making the changeover.
Dogs have higher protein requirements than humans, and this protein requirement can still be adequately met with legumes and other vegetarian sources. The amount of protein required overall ranges between 12% – 40% ; however some specific amino acids may still be lacking.
How much Carnicare Carnitine & Carnicare Taurine to give
Following the dosage chart will ensure your dog reaches the higher levels of carnitine and taurine recommended by research.
But you may be guided by your Vet's opinion as well, adjusting up or even down in less serious cases. In the most severe cases your Vet may want to double these levels.
The general level with carnitine syrup is that your dog should receive 110mg, per kilo of bodyweight, per day. This should be split into 2 feeds, or even 3 feeds per day with the larger breeds.
The general level with taurine capsules is that your dog should receive 90mg, per kilo of bodyweight, per day. This should be split into 2 feeds, or even 3 feeds per day with the larger breeds.
Carnicare L-Carnitine syrop
Carnicare contains 55% (550mg/ml) of L-Carnitine, making it the most concentrated and best value product available
L-Carnitine 550mg/ml, Magnesium Aspartate Hydrochloride 100mg/ml, Potassium Sorbate natural preservative –1%
Carnicare has a very safe record and is fully compatible with all medications that may be prescribed by your vet. Our L-Carnitine contains no impure D-Carnitine, which is actually detrimental to the dog.
Carnicare liquid syrup is fed at the rate of 1ml twice per day for every 10kg of your dog’s weight. It should be sprinkled on your dog’s food at mealtimes, although not necessarily with each meal. A measuring dispenser is provided to help you to feed the correct amount easily.
Side effects are rare and limited to mild diarrhea. Feed at half the recommended rate to allow your dog to acclimatise to it
Carnicare Taurine Capsules
Ingredients per capsule: Magnesium Taurate 500mg, providing 450mg Taurine and 50mg elemental magnesium.
Feeding: Normal dose 1 capsule per 10kg weight of dog twice daily. Provides 90mg daily of Taurine/kg of bodyweight. Amount can be increased up to double under veterinary guidelines.
Capsules can be given whole or opened and the contents sprinkled onto or mixed into food.