Short Takes

March 2009 Issue

Short Takes

Dietary supplements; birds and feline predators; cats that like to eat grass

A study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 234, No. 2) found that some dietary supplements donít dissolve fast enough to be absorbed by cats and dogs. The report was titled "Composition, disintegrative properties, and labeling compliance of commercially available taurine and carnitine dietary products" and said that two out of three (labeling and composition) were adequate. Researchers concluded: "Taurine and carnitine products evaluated in this study closely adhered to manufacturer claims and labeling guidelines. However, disintegration testing suggested high variability in some products, possibly limiting uptake and use by animals that receive them."

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