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February 24, 2020
Christen Brautigan

Grain Free

Let’s talk about dog and cat food.

Wow, there are so many options. Lots of decisions to be made. I am not here to tell you what kind of dog or cat food to buy, you should talk to your vet and ask what they recommend.

Lately grain free food has made headlines in the news. Don’t panic but check your food, in July in 2018 the FDA started to investigate grain free food and it’s effects on our animals. There are animals developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM is common, but it is happening to animal breeds that do not normally get it. DCM is when the muscles around the heart weaken and becomes thin, it lessens the body’s ability to pump blood and could end in congestive heart failure. The symptoms range from labored breathing, coughing, lack of appetite, moving slower and feet being cold to the touch.

I always take inventory of my animals at least once a week. I check to see if each one eats, check to see if they have any lumps or cuts, if they need ear cleaning or nail trims, and check their mouths. Our pets rely on us to take care of them, we are their lifeline.

The FDA released this statement, “The FDA is investigating a potential dietary link between canine DCM and dogs eating certain grain-free dog foods. The foods of concern are those containing legumes such as peas or lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes listed as primary ingredients.

From January 1, 2014 to April 30, 2019, the FDA received 560 dog and 14 cat reports.” The larger breeds have had more reports. So far, the FDA only has a warning for people to check with their veterinarians to see if the need for grain free is worth it or not. It has not been proven yet if grain free diets have been the cause, scientists are working to see if it is caused from other factors. While we might find the food we feed our dogs unappetizing, most have the right amount of ingredients to keep our furry babies healthy. Dog and cat foods are closely monitored now which hasn’t always been the case. Don’t just rely on labels, follow up and check the ingredients.

Your fur babies will thank you for your diligence and you will know you have gone the extra step.