FDA's Investigation into Potential Link between Grain-Free Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy

posted: by: Dr. Emily Neenan Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

As pet owners, all of us want to do what is best for our pets.  Nutrition is one of the few things that we actually have control over when it comes to their health.  Picking a food is an overwhelming landscape full of countless opinions, and savvy marketing that not only comes in the form of a commercial, but spills down to the way ingredients are listed on the label of a bag of pet food.  We want to help you navigate nutrition in general, and offer you the best science out there.

Currently, if your pet was on a listed food in the press release and is doing well, the best recommendation is to slowly transition them off over the course of a week.  We are recommending Royal Canin as they have outstanding standards for their nutrition, and have a long history of safety and don't spend many resources on marketing.  There are other options that you are welcome to use, but we wanted to provide at least an easy answer in the short term and we will provide you with the resources to make a choice that is best for you and your pet below.  

If you have concerns about your pet's heart health, switching foods is the most important treatment and best starting point.  If you have concerns, we are happy to help on the medical side of things and can coordinate special appointments over the next few days to listen and make sure that their hearts sound normal.  There are other ways to try and be sure that hearts are healthy such as electrocardiograms, cardiac stress blood tests and the gold standard of an echocardiogram with a cardiologist.  

Here are some links from our trusted local friends at Tufts Petfoodology below to help navigate this new information from the FDA and how to move forward and continue to do the best that you can for your pet: