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DL-Methionine for Dogs: Benefits, Uses & Side Effects
DL-Methionine, a form of the amino acid methionine, is found in a lot of commercial dog foods and other dog treats and products. Methionine is vital to the proper functioning of the body and DL-Methionine is a synthetic version of this amino acid.
In this article, we’ll cover the following questions: Is DL-Methionine beneficial? Does it need to be in dog food? As a dog owner, should you be taking action to ensure that your dog has more of it in their daily diet? Let’s get to it.
What Is DL-Methionine?
DL-Methionine is the synthetic equivalent of methionine, which is an amino acid that is most often found in meat and meat-based dog foods. It may also have the name L-2-Amino-4 butyric acid, or L-Methionine.
It is an essential amino acid. The term “essential” means that it must come from your dog’s diet because it is not naturally created within the body. There are 10 essential amino acids for dogs. While it is ideal for your dog to get these from natural ingredients, synthetic versions can be cheaper and may even provide optimal levels of the required amino strings.
L-Methionine actually has a host of benefits for dogs:
As one of the essential amino acids, methionine is considered an important component in a dog’s diet. It is found in meat and is one of the reasons that dogs are ideally fed a diet that is high in meat protein. While it is present in some plant proteins, it is found in much lower quantities.
Cheap foods that are low in meat protein but high in vegetable protein will supplement methionine levels with the synthetic DL-Methionine equivalent, whereas foods that are sufficiently high in meat and fish proteins do not need this additional supplementation.
You may also find some supplements and treatments that include DL-Methionine.
Although methionine is an essential amino acid, you need to ensure that you do not feed too high levels of the protein to your dog. Excessive levels can cause:
How to Take It
Natural methionine is better for dogs than synthetic. Their bodies are better able to ingest and use the amino acid, but because it is found in lower quantities in vegetables, food manufacturers must add the DL-Methionine synthetic equivalent to foods. This isn’t necessary if your dog has adequate levels of meat or fish. You can also buy supplements and even some treats that are rich in this protein.
DL-Methionine for Dogs
Methionine is an essential amino acid, which means that your dog is unable to produce it naturally and must get the required amounts from its diet. DL-Methionine is the synthetic equivalent and is found in a lot of commercial dog foods, especially those that are low in meat protein and high in plant-based protein. You can buy methionine supplements that can be fed to your dog daily, too.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.