Pet food manufacturing is a big industry. Every day there are more products on our shelves, more adverts featuring cute dogs on TV, and more recommendations on social media. It can certainly make us feel a bit clueless while shopping for kibble. One of the most talked-about is a potential link to these diets and heart disease in dogs. Today we will be discussing these unusual diets and their potential risks. You can make an informed decision on what your dog devours daily. This term actually covers a huge variety of unique diets and products. Ranging from products from pet food giants with unusual ingredients, tailored pet food from smaller companies, home-cooked, vegetarian and even vegan diets.
It is easy to panic anytime we see an FDA headline about pet food. We reached out to Dr. The foods of concern are those containing legumes such as peas or lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes listed as primary ingredients. The FDA began investigating this matter after it received reports of DCM in dogs that had been eating these diets for a period of months to years. DCM itself is not considered rare in dogs, but these reports are unusual because the disease occurred in breeds of dogs not typically prone to the disease. The total number of pets affected is greater than because some reports included multi-pet households. Dilated cardiomyopathy DCM is a type of canine heart disease that affects the heart muscle. The hearts of dogs with DCM have a decreased ability to pump blood, which often results in congestive heart failure. Some breeds, especially large and giant breeds, have a predisposition to DCM. The reports submitted to the FDA span a wide range of breeds, including many without a known genetic predisposition. When early reports from the veterinary cardiology community indicated that recent, atypical cases in breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Whippets, Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus all consistently ate grain alternatives in their diets, the FDA took notice. According to Dr.
Please support the hard working holistic vets who make this information possible. So I am thinking while we are trying to limit the amount of glyphosate given to our dogs, since a lot will die of cancer, we are not truly aware of how many pulses and bean products are also being doused with Roundup just prior to harvest i. But, as Dr. Some of this comment section is madness. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Nut Wizard! Lippman agrees that the FDA findings are still early and inconclusive. By definition, non-essential amino acids can be manufactured in the liver. If you see a pet food labeled gluten free, you can be assured it is a marketing gimmick and is not a better diet to feed your pet. I understand why hydrolyzed proteins are recommended, due to allergies. So FDA is looking at a self-selecting, very limited pool.