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update from Jean Dodds https://www.hemopet.org/fda-updates-...-disease-dogs/

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HOMEPET RESPONDS TO FDA ..... "This investigation has turned into a saga with multiple parties weighing in over the past year that is causing mass confusion to pet companion parents." An understatement

"As companion pet parents, we find the report translucent – not transparent."

Indeed, so much conflicting or partial information is being tossed out there that we too are confused."

"We note that this group of researchers is speculating on exotic ingredients like kangaroo, but chicken was the most common protein identified by the FDA – 113 times!!

If you're feeding your dog Kangaroo you might want to switch to Crocodile It's NOT ON THE LIST ... YET.
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Please know that this is a problem! Thinking grain free was “good” for our dogs, that is what we have been feeding them. At my 1 yo last checkup, she was diagnosed with a heart murmur! As my doctor quizzed me on what she ate, she asked that I be very specific with the contents of her food. When I said Grain Free, she told me about the warming and told me to change her food right away. She gave me a list of acceptable foods. Get your Havanese off of grain free foods to be safe!

Has the vet found a cause for the murmur? Maybe I just don’t know enough about how vets treat heart conditions, but wouldn’t a heart murmur in a 1yr old puppy warrant more than just a diet change? A murmur can be caused by many things, but in light of all the publicity I thought DCM tests are being done more frequently.

I’m sorry you have to go through that!
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I am in quite the conundrum. Several years ago, I started feeding the unusual proteins offered in the Zignature brand because of food allergies that were creating itching. I never had my dogs allergy tested because I wanted to try a change in the diet first. The food basically cured my dogs of their itching! Hmmmm what food to buy now? I am up for any food suggestions from others that are dealing with allergy related itching. Thank you
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I am in quite the conundrum. Several years ago, I started feeding the unusual proteins offered in the Zignature brand because of food allergies that were creating itching. I never had my dogs allergy tested because I wanted to try a change in the diet first. The food basically cured my dogs of their itching! Hmmmm what food to buy now? I am up for any food suggestions from others that are dealing with allergy related itching. Thank you
I've been tried a number dog food brands and have recently started using Home Kitchen Dog Food after someone recommended it on this forum. It's the first dog food Patti starts asking for - with little barks - while I'm preparing it. It comes in Whole-Grain, Grain Free and lots of different meal types. But -- No Kangroo or Crocodile type foods.

I've read few dogs have food allergies ... but your vet is the best one to consult about allergies.
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I love my vet but he immediately wanted to put my guy on Apoquel. I wanted to try the diet route before going onto a medication. The change in diet worked.
Thank you for your response. I will look into the brand you recommended!
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Another article on the FDA announcement. This one from Whole Dog Journal. It does have some interesting perspectives, e.g. 88% of the foods fed were kibble. but 85-90% of pet owners feed kibble so that isn't surprising. This article also the data on the breeds and a link to a FDA data sheet which shows each actual report and the specific food that was fed, not just the brand name.
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more on this https://healthypets.mercola.com/site..._rid=678586665

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