FDA Dog Food Warning Summary

Some of these reports related to more than one affected animal from the same household.
The breakdown of reported diseases below reflects the number of animals affected.
The American Veterinary Association estimates that 77 million dogs live in the United States.
Most dogs in the US ate pet food without the apparent development of DCM.

One of the dogs gets better after treatment involving a change in diet and taurine supplementation.
We need to gather more information about the relationship between DCM and animal feed.
There are also countless reasons not to give your dog a pig.

Legumes can interfere with the absorption of some taurine precursor amino acids.
Dogs may not be as good at producing taurine as previously thought.
There may be other nutrient deficiencies, such as carnitine, that play a key role in the development of DCM.
Some pet food companies may not be able to properly formulate and balance their diets.

In particular, raw Golden Retriever may have problems producing taurine in healthy amounts.
Some breeds, such as Dobermany and Saint Bernards, known to be genetically predisposed to DCM, should be routinely scanned once a year if they are older than 2 years.
For DCM susceptible breeds, premature pimobendan treatment can significantly extend life.
Walk the streets of the pet store and read the animal food labels carefully.

Genetic forms of dcm tend to infect male dogs of large and large breeds, which begin in middle and old age.
DCM cases reported to the FDA CVM affected various dog breeds, their age and weight.
There was a higher percentage of men than women, which is consistent with what can be seen in genetic forms.
The significance of this is unknown, but perhaps some cases are of genetic origin or a combination of diet and genetic trends.

Dilated cardiomyopathy (dcm) is a type of canine heart disease that affects the heart muscle.
The hearts of dogs with DCM have a reduced ability to pump blood, which often leads to heart failure.
Some breeds, especially large and giant ones, are predisposed to DCM.

In July 2018, the FDA announced that they would begin to investigate reports of dcm (canine dilated cardiomyopathy) in dogs that consumed specific types of dog food.
The results of this study were published on June 17, 2019, and contained information on specific brands and ingredients that, according to the FDA, correlated with reports of DCM in dogs.
Problematic dog food has them as the main ingredients (also known among the top 10 ingredients on the list of ingredients, vitamins and minerals).

If your dog has dcm symptoms or other heart problems, including reduced energy, coughing, breathing difficulties and collapse, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If your symptoms are severe and your vet is not available, you may need to see your vet.
Your veterinarian may ask you for the exact history, including any food (including treats) that the dog ate.

The dog is more likely to have a food allergy to meat protein (such as beef, lamb, chicken or rabbit) than gluten.
Dogs who are allergic to grains have unclear symptoms, such as itching and rash, which improve if they no longer eat preparations containing cereal.
But dogs can itch for a number of reasons (including a strange flea bite), and the home diagnosis of gluten allergy is an important prerequisite.

Their ancestors’ natural diet consisted of predatory animals such as rabbits, deer and small rodents.
When the wild dog killed, very few of its victims were killed.
Adding a large amount of grain to dog food makes digestion difficult.

By publishing preliminary, misleading results, the FDA is digging a hole where taxpayers’ money is better spent elsewhere.
Tax revenues are better used to protect consumers against product compromises, such as salmonella infected pig ears.
Contamination threats require swift action and a centralized, coordinated attack plan that is most appropriate for the FDA.