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Discussion in 'Doberman Nutritional Care' started by Alexaraee93, May 9, 2019.



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  1. Panama

    Panama Hot Topics Subscriber

    I add ground green tripe to both kibble & raw meals. The MOST AWFUL smells stuff.. might as well be road kill, but they love it and is very beneficial.

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  2. Ravenbird

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    What magazine is this?
  3. strykerdobe

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  4. Ravenbird

    Ravenbird Member

    Thank you - sounds like a great source of information!
  5. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes lots of great articles.
    More on naturally raising dogs, not over vaccinating and towards raw feeding.
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  6. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    In Facebooks raw feeding groups, I’ve seen tons of pictures of people fermenting vegetables and packing all their cabinets and fridges full of jars. It’s amazing, inspiring, and a bit overwhelming to see how much people are willing to do for their pets.
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  7. strykerdobe

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    I would say if you have a Doberman (who are prone to DCM) I would be giving low doses of supplements starting at 1yr anyway.

    DCM: add taurine to grain-free dog foods, say scientists

    Taurine supplementation may reduce the risk of dogs developing DCM.

    By Tim Wall
    on May 14, 2019
    DCM: add taurine to grain-free dog foods, say scientists
    Taurine supplementation may reduce the risk of dogs developing DCM.

    “Should pet food formulators supplement dog foods with taurine to avoid concerns over dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)?”

    In response to that audience question, all three members of the Petfood Forum 2019 panel discussion on DCM agreed one after the other.

    “Yes…yes…yes,” they said, chuckling at their repetition of a simple answer to a complex question.

    DCM is indeed a complex question, and scientists have few solid explanations. The panelists agreed on that too.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents have recorded 290 cases of DCM in dogs in the country as of November 11, 2018. Although grain-free dog diets correlated to these DCM reports, many more dogs who ate the same foods for years never suffered any ill effects. Why do thousands of dogs with similar breeds and lifestyles have no heart problems on grain-free diets heavy in legumes or potatoes, while their conspecifics suffer heart problems? The panel had no more answer to that question than the federal government does.

    Similarly, researchers don’t know why the cases of DCM started appearing in the past few years, although the grain-free trend is a decade old.

    Taurine supplementation of dog food to avoid DCM
    Despite the confusion, at least there’s a straightforward, if stopgap, solution. Taurine supplementation may reduce the risk of dogs developing DCM. A similar strategy keeps DCM at bay in cats. Cats can’t synthesize their own taurine, so cat food has to provide it, just as prey used to for the felines. Scientists though dogs were capable of synthesizing taurine, although a few breeds such as Golden Retrievers are prone to DCM. Now, no one is 100% sure why some dogs seem to have problems with the metabolic pathway involving taurine, or if that is even the actual case.

    While scientists struggle to understand the biology of it all, grain-free pet food formulations may benefit from a taurine boost as a cover-your-tail measure.

    DCM update panel discussion members:

    Tim Wall is a staff reporter at WATT Global Media. Contact Wall via email at twall@wattglobal.com.
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