Foods Rich in Taurine for Dogs with Heart Problems

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: April 24, 2018
Foods Rich in Taurine for Dogs with Heart Problems

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If you have a dog with heart problems at home and you are looking for specific foods to feed it, taurine can be a very beneficial supplement. In addition to the dog's diet, you should also be aware of its specific diagnosis and treatment. Heart diseases are often linked to obesity, so you should also make sure your dog does moderate exercise regularly.

Caring for a dog with heart problems is not easy, because you have to devote energy and make sure you know all the points and guidelines set by the veterinary. This AnimalWised article will provide an overview of foods rich in taurine for dogs with heart problems, but remember that before you give anything to your pet, you should make sure it is alright to do so by asking the vet.

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Taurine is beneficial for your dog's health

Giving the correct food to a dog with heart problems greatly reduces its discomfort. Well-known foods that are good for heart conditions include those low in salt and containing protein - provided that the liver or kidneys are not damaged - as well as taurine.

Taurine can usually be found in high quality dog food but you can look for other foods rich in taurine to strengthen your dog's heart.

After carrying out studies on the effect of taurine in dogs' health, veterinary cardiology service technicians at the University of Sacramento concluded that "a taurine deficiency can cause heart diseases". They also state that "dogs with heart problems will benefit from a supplement of taurine".

Taurine, then, is beneficial for dogs. Besides helping with heart problems, taurine can:

  • Prevent muscle degeneration
  • Strengthen the heart muscle
  • Prevent arrhythmias
  • Improve vision
  • Remove harmful substances
Foods Rich in Taurine for Dogs with Heart Problems - Taurine is beneficial for your dog's health

Food of animal origin

Dogs principally eat meat, and vegetables to a lesser extent. In this case, this is good because taurine can be found in foods of animal origin. Taurine can naturally be found in:

  • Chicken, especially in the legs or liver, where there is a greater amount.
  • Pork and beef. You can use the hearts of these meats and prepare a home-made diet for your dog.
  • Eggs (boiled) or dairy (cheese), always in small doses, also contain taurine and can be very helpful to your pet.
  • Octopus - for instance, boiled - is a natural food and source of taurine.

You must however always be careful of what food you feed your dogs and make sure they are appropriate for your canine.

Foods Rich in Taurine for Dogs with Heart Problems - Food of animal origin

Food of vegetal origin

In the same way, taurine can be found in food of vegetal origin although not all of them are suitable for dogs. You can give your pet meals containing yeast, green beans or beans.

Remember, it is the recommended that 15% of your pet's total diet is based on fruits and vegetables.


Foods Rich in Taurine for Dogs with Heart Problems - Food of vegetal origin

Artificial products containing taurine

In addition to natural products, you can also find prepared taurine in capsule or powder form. If you've decided to give this kind of supplement to your pet, you should consult the vet beforehand to find out whether you should give it to your dog, and in what doses.

Foods Rich in Taurine for Dogs with Heart Problems - Artificial products containing taurine

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Was it a test on grain free or Wheat free grain base products. I can see how grain base products are bad for dogs eg the old breads or weevil ridden white & brown flours no way is this food natural for dogs to eat, but whole grains on the other hand are found in the faeces of wolves from eating the intestines of other animals.
Sondi Michel
Good read
Administrador AnimalWised
Thanks Sondi!
My dog has heart disease and she has been on Grain free diet. for 9 years No Taurine in ingredients, It has peas, potatoes. Can I keep her on this food and just give her Taurine supplement??
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Kathy,

As the article states, taurine can be beneficial for dogs with heart problems. However, as we don't have a full medical picture of your individual dog, then you will need to ask your vet if you want to introduce it into their diet as there could be contraindications with other medicine, etc. How did you come to decide on their diet in the first place? If they have been healthy and well for 9 years, you should certainly ask your vet if there is a valid reason for changing it. Good luck!
Hi Kathy ~
I had two shih-tzu's that both have developed heart murmur that indicates congestive heart failure. One of them passed away last year at 12 1/2 yrs of this (on meds) and this year the second one has been diagnosed with the exact same disease (13 1/2). Both dogs have been fed a grain free diet for the past 5 years. I wish I had more info on Taurine last year but this is what I decided - - I have NOTHING to lose by supplementing our dear Josie with Taurine. She has already been given a death-sentence by the vet so along with the meds the vet has her on, I have decided to supplement with Taurine AND I give her C60 in Coconut Oil. She is like a new dog. Yes, she still have CHF and is still on the meds from the vet but her quality of life is so much better since I added Taurine and C60. Hope this helps!
craig b
This type of grain free food with those ingredients has just reciently been linked to heart disease in dogs
A grain-free diet has shown to contribute to/cause heart disease in dogs. I learned the hard way nearly 20 years ago what a commercial pet diet can do to negatively affect the health of your pet. I’ve been feeding raw for over 18 years. You can’t beat Mother Nature and a biologically appropriate raw diet is best. Period.
studies have show grain free diets are associated with heart issues in dogs.
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