For all my Lothlorien dog owners.
There appears to be some rather
serious issues going on with many of the foods out there that are loaded with
legumes. In the past I recommended Acana, however their formula has changed and
they now have 6 legumes in their food. As a result I am testing all my dogs for
their taurine levels.
However, this issue is not limited
to Acana but to many of the current foods out there that have a lot of peas and
other legumes added. Research has now started to try to determine what the
causative issue may be, is it the protein from the legumes, the fiber from
them, their presence blocking some absorption ability? At present we just do
not know & we have to wait for the research to give us some answers..
In addition I am changing foods as
soon as I run out of food. In the meantime I am mixing the new food in with the
The food that I have selected to
change over to is Bil Jac Adult Select.
I do not recommend you use any foods
that have peas and other legumes added until the current research gives us more
information as to what is going on. Dogs are showing up with Cardiomyopathy as
a result of their low taurine levels. This is a very concerning issue for us
Please look closely at the
ingredients on the foods you are feeding. If peas and legumes are listed please
consider switching foods immediately and you may want to consider testing your
dogs taurine levels as there are no symptoms until there is cardiac
involvement. If your dog seems to be having any issues please have your vet
check their taurine level. If low levels are found you should see a
cardiologist to determine if there is any cardiac involvement. If there is,
supplementation with taurine will help reverse the issue but this should only
be done on dogs that have tested low and with a vets recommendation. Please do
not just start adding taurine to your foods.
If you do decide to test your dogs taurine
levels, please let me know and I will send you the info on the preferred place
to have blood tests sent (less expensive as well) which will also aide in the
research that is ongoing at this moment
If you have ANY questions or
concerns please feel free to contact me.