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When Diets Have Insufficient
L-Carnitine,

Quinicarn is the answer!

A dietary supplement for cats and dogs, providing active L-carnitine. Packaged in a convenient, single-packet source of 250 mg of L-carnitine.

L-Carnitine Supplementation Has Been Shown To:
  • Stimulate fatty acid metabolism for energy utilization.1
  • Support recovery time after strenuous activity.2
  • Help maintain lean muscle mass.3-4
L-Carnitine May Also Help Support:
  • Heart Health5-8
  • Liver Health1,9-12
Easy Administration:
  • Individual packets provide stability and easy dispensing of L-carnitine in a convenient powder formulation.
  • Apply directly to cat’s or dog’s food daily.
  • One packet daily.
Chicken Flavor:
  • L-carnitine in a non-acidic form to eliminate typical sour taste found in many other L-carnitine products.
  • Cats and dogs love it!


What is L-Carnitine?

• It is a small water-soluble molecule that is either made in the liver using amino acids or ingested as part of the diet.5

What dogs can benefit from L-carnitine supplementation?

• Dogs that need to maintain lean body mass, dogs that need heart health support, and dogs that do strenuous work.2,3,5,6

• Commercial diets may vary in the amount of L-carnitine they provide.13 Adding an L-carnitine supplement may be beneficial.

What cats can benefit from L-Carnitine supplementation?

• Cats that need liver support and cats that are at risk for not eating, such as cats that are under stress or are changing diets.9-11

Where is L-Carnitine stored in the body?

• 95%-98% is stored in the cardiac and skeletal muscle. The heart cannot make L-carnitine so it must be brought in from the circulation.5

Why is L-Carnitine important in heart function?

• The heart obtains roughly 60% of its energy through beta oxidation of fatty acids. L-carnitine is part of the shuttle that takes the long-chain fatty acids to the mitochondria within the cell to create this energy.1,5,6

  1. Center SA. Nutritional support for dogs and cats with hepatobiliary disease. J Nutr 1998;128(12 Suppl):2733S-2746S.
  2. Varney JL, Fowler JW, Gilbert WC, Coon CN. Utilisation of supplemented l-carnitine for fuel efficiency, as an antioxidant, and for muscle recovery in Labrador retrievers. J Nutr Sci 2017;6:e8. doi:10.1017/jns.2017.4.
  3. German AJ. The growing problem of obesity in dogs and cats. J Nutr 2006;136(7 Suppl):1940S-1946S.
  4. Shoveller AK, Minikhiem DL, Carnagey K, et al. Low level of supplemental dietary L-carnitine increases energy expenditure in overweight, but not lean, cats fed a moderate energy density diet to maintain body weight. Intern J Appl Res Vet Med 2014;12(1):33-43.
  5. Sanderson SL. Taurine and carnitine in canine cardiomyopathy. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2006;36(6):1325-43.
  6. Costa ND, Labuc RH. Case report: efficacy of oral carnitine therapy for dilated cardiomyopathy in boxer dogs. J Nutr 1994;124(12 Suppl):2687S-2692S.
  7. Kittleson MD, Keene B, Pion PD, Loyer CG. Results of the multicenter spaniel trial (MUST): taurine- and carnitine-responsive dilated cardiomyopathy in American cocker spaniels with decreased plasma taurine concentration. J Vet Intern Med 1997;11(4):204-211.
  8. Suzuki Y, Kamikawa T, Kobayaski A, Yamazaki N. Effects of l-carnitine on tissue levels of free fatty acid, acyl CoA, and acylcarnitine in ischemic heart. Adv Myocardiol 1983;4:549-557.
  9. Armstrong PJ, Blanchard G. Hepatic lipidosis in cats. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2009;39(3):599-616.
  10. Center SA, Harte J, Watrous D, et al. The clinical and metabolic effects of rapid weight loss in obese pet cats and the influence of supplemental oral L-carnitine. J Vet Intern Med 2000;14(6):598-608.
  11. Blanchard G, Paragon BM, Milliat F, Lutton C. Dietary L-carnitine supplementation in obese cats alters carnitine metabolism and decreases ketosis during fasting and induced hepatic lipidosis. J Nutr 2002;132(2):204-210.
  12. Center SA. Feline hepatic lipidosis. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2005;35(1):225-269.
  13. Sauer JL, Freeman LM, Rush JE. A pilot study investigating dietary factors with possible associations with canine degenerative mitral valve disease. J Vet Med Res 2015;2(5):1035.

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