Image Credits: Pixabay
You want your dog to lead a long and healthy life, which is why you make zero compromises when it comes to food. Every veterinarian you approach will always ask you to ensure your canine gets access to high-quality meals every day. You only pick products which provide top-notch ingredients, as they have high nutritional value.
statement from FDA
need to pay closer attention to the type of dog food you give your canine.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization is
conducting an investigation. They are trying to find if there is a link between
particular food types and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), or canine heart
DCM is an illness
which affects large breeds such as Saint Bernards, Great Danes, Doberman
Pinschers, Irish Wolfhounds, and Newfoundlands. Even the smaller ones such as
American and English Cocker Spaniels are vulnerable to this disease.
When dogs get
this illness, they will experience weight loss, difficulty in breathing, and
look lethargic. It can make their heartbeats irregular and cause them to
collapse out of the blue.
this investigation is alarming, as you don't want to put your dog in harm's
way. Before you make any decisions on what to do next, you should learn about
the FDA's recent investigation.
deeper to find the root cause of the problem
The first time
FDA warned dog owners about this link was on July
12, 2018, by publishing an official statement.
They received several reports on canines suffering from DCM, after eating pet
foods with ingredients such as potatoes, lentils, peas, and other legume seeds.
According to the
statement, they are looking into a possible link
between DCM and specific diets. The reason is that several reports received by
FDA included dog breeds which are not known to be vulnerable to this illness.
discovered that several pet foods in the reports were under the grain-free
category. FDA is using several scientific tools to dig deeper into this
situation, to understand the exact cause for this disease.
They named the
following brands whose names frequently appeared in the reports received by
- Blue Buffalo
- California Natural
- Earthborn Holistic
- Natural Balance
- Nature’s Domain
- Nature’s Variety
- Rachel Ray Nutrish
- Taste of the Wild
for the FDA stated that they aren't telling pet owners to stay away from these
brands, as they are still conducting an investigation. However, they are asking
people to get in touch with the veterinarians and keep a close eye on the
canines. Also, they want to find out if grain-free diets are responsible for
making dogs vulnerable to DCM.
The best solution
would be to use pet food from reputed manufacturers with a long history in the
market. Also, take your dog for regular health checkups, to ensure your canine
doesn't have DCM.