• I've recently seen studies online that link heart failure with grain free diets. Specifically something about the amount of legumes/chickpeas/starch inhibits the absorption of taurine. I realize this is the internet and the internet lies, but is there any truth to these studies? My little guy (mini poodle) has been on a grain free diet for about 3 years and he seems to itch way less, but now I am worried that I'm actually hurting him by giving him this diet. Can I buy taurine supplements for him? Should I? He has no other health issues at all except the mild food allergies.

    Hi Kristin,

    I recommend that you call and talk to your local veterinarian about your concerns. There has been a link between grain free diets and heart disease. What is not known is if it is specific to certain pets, certain foods, or any other issues. While substituting taurine has worked in some pets in may not work in all of them. Your vet knows your pet’s medical history and they will be able to give you the best advice on this. If taurine supplementation is needed they can give you the correct dose. If a change in food is needed they can help you choose the one that will be best for him.

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