Back

PROVET

EVIDENCE-BASED NUTRITION FOR PETS


PRO-CARN - L-Carnitine Supplement 

 

Provet Data Sheet/Technical Briefing

V: 14.06.04

(Scientific References are numbered in brackets)

Topics on this Page:


Description

L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring water-soluble, vitamin-like quaternary amine, which is found as a component of all animal cells. Only very small amounts are found in plants except for avocado and some fermented soy products.

In the body L-Carnitine is synthesised mainly in the kidneys and liver and the following nutrients are involved in it’s biosynthesis :

  • Essential amino acids : L-lysine, L-methionine
  • Vitamins : Niacin, Vitamin B6 , Vitamin C
  • Minerals : Iron

One of its main roles in the body is to facilitate the movement of long-chain fatty acids across the inner membranes of mitochondria for beta-oxidation to produce the high energy compound adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It is also responsible for the removal of short-chain fatty acids from mitochondria to maintain coenzyme A concentrations.

In the body the highest concentrations of carnitine are found in skeletal and cardiac muscle.

It was formerly called Vitamin BT.


PRO-CARN Product Presentation

Sprinkle capsule, soluble powder 250mg L-Carnitine (as L-Carnitine fumarate or tartrate)

Cats/toy dogs                                                   One to two capsules once daily

Dogs per 10 kg body weight                             Two to four capsules three times daily


Uses for Carnitine Supplements

Dietary L-carnitine supplementation is recommended as a nutritional aid in the maintenance of normal cardiac muscle and skeletal muscle performance


Recommended Feeding Rates

The minimum daily dietary requirement of L-carnitine for dogs and cats is not known. (1,2)

Cats:

Other feeding recommendations

A feeding rate of 250-500 mg per cat per day is recommended 

Dogs:

Other feeding recommendations

For dogs  feeding 50-100 mg L-carnitine /kg body weight three times daily is recommended.


Contraindications, Warnings etc

Keep out of the reach of children

Use as directed by your veterinarian

Nutritional supplement for animal use only

There has been no reported toxicity at recommended feeding rates.


Precautions

Store in a cool dry place


Legal Category

Nutritional supplement


Package Sizes

Bottles containing  30 x 250mg capsules

Bottles containing 90 x 500mg capsules


Scientific References

1.      Nutrient Requirements of Dogs (1985) National Research Council, Washington DC, Academic Press

2.      Nutrient Requirements of Cats (1986) National Research Council Washington DC, Academic Press p13-15

For Further Information :

Click HERE for ways to Contact Provet  

 

Copyright (c) 2005  Provet. All rights reserved. Email: info@provet.co.uk