L-Carnitine supplement for increased fitness and endurance for working and sporting dogs
Stamina Plus is an ideal energy supplement for dogs that need the ability to function all day long, whether sporting dogs, working sheepdogs, gun dogs, agility or security dogs
L-Carnitine Supplements - benefits for dogs
A dog that takes part in high demand activities (such as herding, field trials, agility competition, racing,) or indeed any long period of work calling for stamina and energy may find its natural system for producing the chemical L-Carnitine unable to keep up with demand.
This is where you can help with the use of dog energy supplements.L-Carnitine is an amino acid like compound produced naturally in the dog’s liver and kidneys which is then transported through the bloodstream to muscle cells. There it converts fat reserves to sugars whose metabolism then releases energy and stimulates muscle action and growth.
A temporary deficit of L-Carnitine can lead to reduced energy and symptoms of fatigue and slow recovery time or the inability to develop stronger muscle power despite exercise and training.
Dog energy supplements such as Stamina Plus can help to counteract this effect.
This liquid is given orally, preferably twice daily, to increase stamina and performance. It can be easily added to feed or introduced directly into the dog’s mouth.
It can be fed long-term as part of the dog’s maintenance regime or given for specific times when an extra challenging day is expected.
In the latter case, be advised that the L-Carnitine present in Stamina Plus takes approximately 3 hours to reach its maximum benefit and stays at that level for a further 3 hours before gradually diminishing in its effect.
As with the other products, daily usage is calculated according to the dog’s bodyweight and the daily feeding level is 2 ml per 10kg (22lbs) of bodyweight.
Time taken to see results will vary depending on the level of fat in the bodyweight; a leaner dog, such as a racing greyhound, will probably need longer on Stamina Plus before you notice a difference.
What is L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine is small peptide/amino acid that is essential in all animals for the production of energy. Carnitine is needed by the body for the metabolism of fatty acids into energy in the cells. It helps the body utilize fat for conversion into energy while maintaining the lean muscle mass, which helps reduce the overall body fat. It may also help decrease the levels of cholesterol and lipids (fats) in the blood.
Because L-Carnitine is essential in the process of converting fatty acids into energy a deficiency may result in increased fat storage, decreased performance, and, potentially, an increased risk of heart disease. A temporary deficit of L-Carnitine can lead to reduced energy and symptoms of fatigue and slow recovery time or the inability to develop stronger muscle power despite exercise and training.
The natural source of L-Carnitine is fresh meat and milk, however manufactured pet foods frequently contain less than 5% of the L-Carnitine of fresh meat. With the vast majority of pets being fed on manufactured diets, supplies of L-Carnitine in the diet are often insufficient.
Synthesis in the body occurs mostly in the liver. However skeletal and heart muscles, which use 95-98% of the supplies, cannot synthesise their own L-Carnitine and this explains why deficiency most commonly occurs in these tissues.
The dog in particular is a species predisposed to a deficiency of L-Carnitine. This is because there is a high level of L-carnitine excretion via the urine and very little re-absorption through the renal tubules.