* DCM in Dogs: Taurine's Role in the Canine Diet, Whole Dog Journal,

News of certain pet food brands’ possible link to heart disease (dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or enlargement of the heart) in dogs has alarmed pet owners for quite some time now. Even more so when the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) released a list identifying 16 pet food brands implicated in their ongoing investigations. Pet owners got worried as even high-end pet food brands were included in the list.

But what is DCM? How does taurine help prevent this? Does your dog food even have it? To put your worries to rest, here’s what you need to know. 

Taurine is an amino acid found in fresh meat. Most healthy dogs can naturally synthesize taurine from their food. However, studies suggest that foods lacking the proper formulation of ingredients, and particularly foods with lower quality meat, decreases the body's ability to synthesize taurine. This is especially concerning for at-risk breeds and could lead to taurine deficiency, posing a risk for heart disease.


Taurine deficiency can lead to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) – a condition in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is lessened because the main pumping chamber is weakened due to being enlarged. Signs of DCM in dogs include:

• Abnormal heart rhythm

• Persistent coughing

• Excessive panting

• Exhaustion

• Loss of appetite

• Swelling of the abdomen

• Brief loss of consciousness 


Ascending aorta

Right atrium





Aortic valve

Left atrium

Mitral valve

Left ventricle



Dilated Cardiomyopathy



When Addiction was being formulated 20 years ago by a holistic veterinarian, Dr. Ly, he recognized a correlation between dogs with heart disease like dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and taurine-deficiency.

Dr. Ly stressed the importance of how processing is key to how effectively taurine and other nutrients are absorbed by dogs. 

All these facts brought about Dr. Ly’s Heart and Aging formulation that included taurine. It was important to him and Addiction Pet Foods to take the lead in preventing heart disease in dogs. It’s the reason why all Addiction dry and raw-dehydrated dog food range are rich in taurine and made with premium ingredients from the purest place on Earth—New Zealand. On top of that, Addiction Pet Foods uses low temperatures to make dog foods, just enough to prevent the degradation of taurine.

“I believe the low levels of taurine and the absence of CoQ10—found in raw heart meat and is the main battery source for heart muscle cells—together with another important heart amino acid (L-carnitine) may cause DCM in dogs exclusively on dry dog food.”


“Even if you added these into the food, high processing temperatures will render most of them useless. Taurine itself is an antioxidant and oxidizes over time in the bag especially when it is opened!” 

- Prevent taurine deficiency and DCM

- Strengthen the heart muscle

- Promote reproductive health

- Provide premium nutrition



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