Taurine status in normal dogs fed a commercial diet associated with taurine deficiency and dilated cardiomyopathy.

  title={Taurine status in normal dogs fed a commercial diet associated with taurine deficiency and dilated cardiomyopathy.},
  author={Cristina L T{\^o}rres and Robert C Backus and Andrea J. Fascetti and Quinton R. Rogers},
  journal={Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition},
  volume={87 9-10},
Taurine (Tau) deficiencies have been associated with the feeding of commercial lamb-meal and rice diets to dogs. We hypothesized that the poor digestibility of some lamb-meals may limit sulphur amino acids availability for Tau synthesis and/or increase of Tau degradation in the gut. Growing dogs were fed either a lamb-meal-based (Diet A) or poultry by-product-based (Diet B) commercial diet. Plasma, whole blood and urinary Tau were measured for 22 weeks. Plasma and whole blood Tau concentrations… 

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