Glutamine or L-glutamine as it is also known, is a vital amino acid. Glutamine helps the body to form proteins that help maintain your pet’s immune system.
Glutamine performs several major functions, particularly in animals that are suffering from disease or stress, therefore, it is important that glutamine levels are maintained to enable the body to fight off infection.
Would my pet benefit from a Glutamine supplement?
Glutamine is naturally sourced from a high number of dairy products such as meat and eggs. This natural source of glutamine is sufficient for healthy pets and they do not need supplementation. However, supplementation is recommended for pets with the following conditions:
- Chronic bowel disorders
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Parvoviral enteritis
Is Glutamine safe?
Glutamine, as one of the body’s main amino acids, is a safe supplement when taken at recommended dosages. However, high dosages of glutamine pose a risk to pets with epilepsy. If your pet is taking anti-convulsant medications to treat epilepsy, glutamine should only be used under veterinary supervision.