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FDA identifies dog foods possibly linked to fatal canine heart disease

What food is safe? Rudy has been on Fromm since he was 4 months old.😥
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yes this is the continued story of DCM (grain free foods) that leaves a lot to be desired as far as credible evidence. Here is some counter arguments to this story
https://www.veterinaryintegrity.org/

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more from Jean Dodds
https://drjeandoddspethealthresource...e#.XRfh_uhKjIU

and here https://www.hemopet.org/dcm-heart-di...c-ingredients/

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replies by some of the companies . some of the best dog food companies IMO

https://www.championpetfoods.com/faqs/dcmfaqs/

https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/blo...ardiomyopathy/

https://frommfamily.com/connect/fda-taurine/

https://zignature.com/statement-on-dcm/
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I have to say ... this whole debate is definitely concerning and confusing for me. We are trying to decide what to feed our incoming puppy and I may just go the raw way at this point. But then Iím right back to whether I add grain or not since most commercial raw is grain free.
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I am feeding Canidae, which did not make the lists. Canned food in Salmon and small breed fish kibble, until I change proteins.

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The FDA updated their report on 6/27/19 here: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinar...omyopathy#diet

This new report offers some useful graphs and stats for the average dog owner:
1. Dry food was reported 400x more often than other forms of food.
2. Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild, 4Health, Earthborn, Blue Buffalo, Natures Domain and Fromm had nearly 2-4x the complaints as the rest of the foods that were reported.
3. Grain Free, and Foods with Peas, Lentils and Potatoes were linked to the most reports.
4. Chicken, Lamb, Salmon, Whitefish had more reports of DCM than others like Beef, Duck or Bison
5. Taurine is not considered an essential amino acid for dogs. Nearly all grain-free foods had more than the recommended amount of Taurine.

Those are a lot of take-aways from the study. In the meantime, I'm comfortable continuing to use The Honest Kitchen. I realize it's a small sample but if I were using one of the foods in #2. above, I would not continue to use them, Grain Free or foods with Peas or Lentils until more information is released. That's just a personal opinion and perhaps I'm overly cautious.

PS: Thanks @davetgabby for those links providing a measured viewpoint on the FDA report. I read Dr. Jean Dodds links and they were helpful.

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Please note that this is about the "grain free" food sold by these manufacturers, and not every food they make. This is really kind of old news, but we've received several emails today since our puppies leave with Fromm food.
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yes Tom. Here is another "calm down" letter from Monica https://www.monicasegal.com/newsletter-july-2019.html

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