Taurine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein. There are 22 amino acids that are needed for proper functioning of the body. It is found in high quantities in the brain, retina, heart, and in platelets. It functions in tissues by stabilizing cell membranes and aiding the transport of potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium in and out of cells. Taurine helps to generate and regulate nerve impulses and supports the maintenance of normal fluid balance; it is also used by the body in visual pathways, as well as in the brain and nervous system, where it works together with glycine and GABA as a neurotransmitter.
Ingredients: Taurine (Free-Form)
Small dogs & cats - 500mg or 1/8 teaspoon once daily
Medium dogs - 1,000mg or 1/4 teaspoon once daily
Large dogs - 2,000mg or 1/2 teaspoon once daily
There are no known side effects of excess taurine in dogs and cats. The only bad thing about taurine is its deficiency. If you don't feed your dog or cat a diet that can supply enough taurine, your pet is likely to suffer from a taurine deficiency.