Recently there was a study released out of UC Davis with concern over Taurine deficiency in dogs and as a result-these dogs can develop what is known as DCM (Dilated cardiomyopathy) or an enlarged heart. We wanted to address this issue to give our customers peace of mind.

This can all be traced back to when dog food companies got called out for using heavy grains as fillers. Thus, the grain-free craze started. So in turn, these same companies started using legume, chick-peas and potato as their main ingredient. The truth is that the vast majority of grain-free dry pet foods out there contain little or no real meat, and instead use cheaper substitutes like meat by-product . The bottom line?  Taurine is found primarily in muscle meat. 

While a Taurine deficiency is a serious concern, let me explain why, if your dog is on our formulas, can never have this issue. Unless they have inherited DCM, for which you should seek medical care for.

Because of this recent study, the FDA has put out a warning about grain-free dog foods which a lot of times have peas, lentils, other legumes, or potatoes as main ingredients.

We do use green beans and sweet potato in our formulas but they don’t even come close to being a first ingredient. Muscle meat is the first ingredient in all of our formulas. And we use a lot of it. Thats why when you open up a packet of Emma Lou’s, meat is what you mostly see.

We don’t use any fillers. Every ingredient in our formulas are there for a specific purpose. Green beans and sweet potato are not the enemy, we promise. They provide a lot of nutrients essential to keeping our formulas completely balanced. The problem is when these things are used as the first ingredient!

Last, Emma Lou’s Kitchen has been making our fresh food formulas for over ten years. We never once have had a dog on our food that was taurine deficient. In fact we get emails from our long-time customers all the time letting us know that their dogs have once again, recieved an A+ on their vet check-ups!

This is a great article in regards to low Taurine and the over-processing of kibble

Please note-there are certain breeds that have a predisposition to being Taurine deficient. If you suspect yours may be one of them, please consult your veterinarian.

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