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Careful consideration of taurine as a conditionally essential supplement in pet food

July 07 2021

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Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid that is essential for the proper functioning of the bodies of mammals, such as cats and dogs. Although high concentrations of taurine are found in muscle and other bodily tissues, processing of animal-based raw materials may result in loss of taurine and low taurine levels in the final pet food products. Unlike cats, which always need taurine as a food supplement, dogs are generally able to synthesize taurine from other amino acids found in animal protein in their diet. However, because of genetic differences between breeds, changing diets, health issues, or old age, dogs can suffer from taurine deficiency, which may lead to the heart condition dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Therefore, adding taurine as a supplement to pet food requires careful consideration by the industry.

In the latest white paper by Geert van der Velden, IQI Trusted Petfood Ingredients’ Innovation Manager, he explains the effects of taurine deficiency and discusses the considerations of taurine supplementation for pet food applications.

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