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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.
Alarming statement from FDA
However, you 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 disease.
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.
Learning about 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.
FDA digging 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 organization’s latest 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.
They also 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 them:
- Blue Buffalo
- California Natural
- Earthborn Holistic
- Natural Balance
- Nature’s Domain
- Nature’s Variety
- Rachel Ray Nutrish
- Taste of the Wild
The spokesperson 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.