sick dog boxerThere has been recent evidence that dogs eating grain-free legume rich foods are ending up with a heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy. The University of California, Davis veterinary cardiologists found a link between these diets and the heart disease.

Based on their research, dogs that were then supplemented with taurine and a diet change improved. Even patients in advanced stage heart failure showed improvements with these changes.

Taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy is a cardiac disease in which the heart muscles become weak due to taurine deficiency, reducing the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. Progression of the disease can lead to enlargement of the heart chambers and possible congestive heart failure. The amino acid Taurine is needed for proper development and function of the heart muscle.

We never recommend placing your pet on a grain free diet without proper consultation from your veterinarian. If your pet has been on one of these diets, it may be a good idea to consult with your veterinarian about the next steps. Mild disease may not show any signs or symptoms in your pet. If the disease is caught early enough, it can be easily reversed.

If you have any questions about your pets' health or diet, please give us a call at 717-957-3991.