Yes, do join the Taurine Golden DCM FB group, it has 9000+ members. best resource out there And has many many fewer members than the all-breed sister group- a better starting point.
I have to type this w.o your post in front of me, so some of this may be off the mark. (since edited to reflect hour updates)
Here are some issues I think you need to address right away:
-I don't know what to make of your new/better dx. But RC is well respected for its special diets. But if not on that, a traditional diet from one of the Big Four with none of the suspect ingredients in the top 10 e.g., Chicken & rice
-whether stopping med.s is good idea. AND How much taurine to continue to give.
-does dog need taurine test now. Not as useful as info as once was & you just changed diet. Do you know which Arcana you were feeding. Did it have added taurine then? Co.s are addinf it now, a fig leaf meanjngless.
- NOTE, can save money if you have vet draw the blood (needs special tube) and you package & overnight ship it *yourself* w. ice pack to UC Davis Lab. Read instructions in *FB help files.* Vets usally go thru intermediate step, charge more. The taurine test itself is $76
- since the dx does not seem bad now, thank goodness! google health screen clinic cavalier. that site posts all the clinics in US & Can. If there's one nearby soon & has a test you want/need, group rates much better
-be clear on exactly what's been recommended, what's been found, what tests have been done, which questions STILL need to be answered.
You need to have a game plan, be organized. No shortage of half baked opinions out there. Tune them out! When/if you first post, keep your intro info short, ask specific questions. Don't initially commiserate with others, skip the coulda shoulda, don't bother with the group tables & graphs - time for all that later. Acana is one of the worst offenders, you may already know that, but can't change the past.
Read all the relevant help files before posting. The moderators have devoted tons of hrs. to them. But if you get bogged down do ask for help.
It's a science-oriented group. Focus on the evidence. Don't rely on personal stories or anecdotes to make choices. Some join w strong opinions and don't change quickly if at all, they play DIY w. their dog's diet, hate Purina whoever, just know it's bad, corn is bad...(:-().
BTW, on ipad and some other devices, hard to find the group help files (usually ... top right main page) if trouble, go to FB thru your browser or use a real computer, not your device app. Big hug & good luck.
Last edited by goldwhiz; 04-01-2019 at 07:37 PM.