RE: [feline-heart] scientific info on CoQ10
- yes, your points are well taken....i too was wary of the many sites citing
the benefits of CoQ10 and then by the way you can buy it from them
too.....and my pumpkin was sick to his stomach on it....but i still think it
bears strong consideration bec so many vets are now prescribing it....and
many cardiovets too.....
linda and the boys
From: yarringt@... [mailto:yarringt@...]
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 6:11 AM
Subject: Re: [feline-heart] scientific info on CoQ10
Please, I'm not arguing with you all. And your choices are your
own, and I know we're all trying to do the best we can for our cats.
To be honest, I am still considering giving a small dose to Tigger.
However, I just want to insert a word of caution. First of all, the
below link is to a company that sells coQ10, so of course they're
going to cite the studies that support its use. There's at least one
study everywhere that supports or refutes just about anything. Until
I see the study, see that it was reproduced, and see that it was
conducted properly, I think cited studies by companies selling coQ10
should be viewed with caution. Second (and this is a big one) cats
metabolize things differently than we do. They can't eat chocolate,
for example. And in studies, it's been shown that rats, dogs, and
do better on a low protein diet when they've got renal failure. So
it was assumed that the same held for cats. But now there's studies
suggesting that cats may do better with high protein diets. So just
remember that cats are not humans and what is good for humans
is not necessarily good for cats. And until studies are done on cats,
we really don't know what an effective dose is. Another example.
Calcitriol. It works great in humans. But when taken in proportionally
lower amounts for cats, it almost kills cats. Cats need a *much
proportional dosage. So we really don't know what's safe and effective
for cats. All we have so far is anecdotal evidence.
I am just trying to insert a word of caution. As I said, I'm strongly
considering giving it to Tigger, especially since the anecdotal evidence
suggests that it at least doesn't do any harm. But just remember
that until you've seen the study conducted on cats, and until you've
seen the study reproduced by an independent group, both of which
have no interest in selling or prohibiting the sale of the product, then
we really don't know what effect a substance has on our cats. This
holds for all substances, not just renafood/renatrophin, coQ10, etc.
Sorry - I do research for a living, and I've seen so many bogus
studies, it's scary. So I've become a sceptic. In general, when a
web site says "Cautions: None" be wary :-)
-Debra & Tigger
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> Here is some great info on CoQ10 from my favorite website, run by a
> pharmacist no less.
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