Pet Plus For Dogs - New Formulation
We've decided to make a small change the formulation of Pet Plus for Dogs by adding taurine. PET Plus for Cats has always contained taurine.
This means that from now on, PET Plus will be the same for both dogs and cats.
Why Add Taurine To Pet Plus For Dogs?
It has always been known that dogs make their own taurine, so taurine deficiency has rarely been a problem ... until now. Over the last few years, increasing numbers of dogs are being diagnosed with clinical problems associated with taurine deficiency.
Taurine is actually an amino sulfonic acid, although it is loosely referred to as an amino acid. It is essential for cardiovascular function, skeletal muscle development, central nervous system development and the function and healthy workings of the retina.
Taurine And Cats
For decades this has been recognised as a potential problem for cats which, as a species, are unable to make their own taurine from their diet. So taurine is one of the essential amino acids for cats which has been specifically included in all AAFCO approved cat foods and most supplements.
Naturally, feeding on whole herbivores, raw, they obtain plenty of taurine because bile is a particularly rich source. Raw meat and fish contains plenty of taurine, as do raw heart, brain and offal. But cooking denatures taurine in the same way as it denatures all proteins and enzymes.
But What About Dogs?
In all mammals except the cat family, taurine is naturally synthesized in the body from cysteine, an amino acid, and homocysteine, by an enzyme pathway, in the pancreas.
Interestingly, pancreatitis is rapidly becoming a common problem. I suspect this is associated with the prevalence of feeding processed foods which are by definition deficient in enzymes, causing the pancreas to work ridiculously hard to produce the enzymes to digest the food whose natural enzymes have been destroyed. Crazy isn't it!
Did you know that the pancreas of rats fed a processed diet for a month was 3 times larger than the rats fed the same ingredients but raw? The pancreas is responsible for the creation of taurine from dietary ingredients, namely an amino acid called cysteine. An exhausted pancreas is unlikely to be able to perform this task effectively.
Besides which, amino acids, such as cysteine, are denatured by processing. So let's join up the dots here. Can we conclude that feeding processed foods is causing the increase in taurine deficiency in dogs? I think we can. Yes!