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FDA: Dog Foods & Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy

The FDA issued the following pet food consumer alert today (July 12, 2018):

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating this potential association.





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I'm glad you posted that. I noticed that the SkeptVet on Facebook had posted it as well.
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@Momto2GSDs, I saw that article. It still sounds like there's nothing conclusive??
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There is a strong correlation between the grain free diets and a higher incidence of taurine deficiency causing DCM. Lots of info coming out of Tufts.

The grains were replaced by items with higher protein content so less meat in the food. Less meat = less taurine in the diet. Less taurine = sick or dead animals.

Grain-free. Is. A. Marketing. Ploy.




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@Momto2GSDs, I saw that article. It still sounds like there's nothing conclusive??

"Diets in cases reported to the FDA frequently list potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other “pulses” (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients. Early reports from the veterinary cardiology community indicate that the dogs consistently ate these foods as their primary source of nutrition for time periods ranging from months to years. High levels of legumes or potatoes appear to be more common in diets labeled as “grain-free,” but it is not yet known how these ingredients are linked to cases of DCM. Changes in diet, especially for dogs with DCM, should be made in consultation with a licensed veterinarian."
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So what dogs need grains? What do you do if you're feeding raw? Or your dog is allergic to all grains?
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So what dogs need grains? What do you do if you're feeding raw? Or your dog is allergic to all grains?


If you’re feeding raw, your dog is getting taurine. Replacing that meat with peas, etc reduces the taurine.
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Grain-free. Is. A. Marketing. Ploy.

While I do not totally disagree with you, didn't the "Pea/Legume" revolution begin for dogs who were sensitive to grains?
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http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/0...c-ingredients/
Interesting article
I don’t think I will feed my dogs corn. I did go to Fromm grain dog food which has lots of grain so not feeling much better. I do supplement with fresh meat and there is tAurine in the food. I did notice max’s nose is less dry from switching to grain free to food with grain.


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