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Sun Aug 5, 2018, 07:20 PM

Dog heart disease linked to grain-free food

Dogs fed "grain free" food based on peas, lentils or potatoes are developing an unusual condition that can cause an enlarged heart, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. "Diets in cases reported to the FDA frequently list potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other 'pulses' (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients," the FDA said.

The condition, called canine dilated cardiomyopathy, is more common in certain breeds, but itís turning up in breeds that are not usually susceptible, the FDA said. Dogs with the disease develop an enlarged heart, which then struggles to function properly. They can develop congestive heart failure, which can be fatal. Symptoms include lethargy, weight loss and, sometimes, a cough.

Taurine deficiency is one potential explanation. Taurine is an amino acid ó a building block of protein ó that is essential for carnivores. "Taurine deficiency is well-documented as potentially leading to DCM," the FDA said in a statement.

The agency is not naming brands, but said the ingredients seemed to be more important than the brands. The affected dogs appear to have been fed certain types of pet foods.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/dog-heart-disease-linked-food-fda-says-n891011

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Reply Dog heart disease linked to grain-free food (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Aug 2018 OP
Laffy Kat Aug 2018 #1
Siwsan Aug 2018 #2
Ohiogal Aug 2018 #3
catbyte Aug 2018 #4
orleans Aug 2018 #6
BigmanPigman Aug 2018 #5
hunter Aug 2018 #7
get the red out Aug 2018 #8

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2018, 07:27 PM

1. I have been following this and have changed my doggo's food.

I'm mixing in her grain-free with some regular.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2018, 07:27 PM

2. My cats won't touch grain free foods

I've tried several brands, to no avail.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2018, 07:33 PM

3. My vet is very sharp

He warned us about this several years ago.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2018, 08:52 PM

4. I'll have to watch my cats closely. I know it says dogs, but I lost a cat years ago

when Purina didn't put enough taurine in their cat chow. My beloved Siamese developed cardiomyopathy and died at age 7. I was devastated. Purina then changed their formula because hundreds of thousands of cats died as a result of their fuck up. One of my spoiled felines has a grain allergy, so it's something to watch out for.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 6, 2018, 01:21 AM

6. i just watched a video (fox i think)

and the reporter said that taurine was put in cat food twenty years ago to fix this problem.

but apparently not for dogs?

(hate to link to a fox/chicago but the reporter mentions cats near the end of the clip 2:17)
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/347869819-video

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2018, 08:58 PM

5. Interesting!

Thanks for posting.

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Response to hunter (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 03:19 PM

8. I read that also

I feed my dogs Merrick, and though the questionable ingredients are low on their ingredient list, I still can't help being caught up a bit in this frenzy sometimes. Everyone around me seems to be running away from any grain free. I hope they do some studies soon to find out more information.

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