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Dog Food Brands may be associated with dog disease, FDA says



Federal health professionals have identified 16 dog tags that can be linked to a mysterious increase in dog disease, leading to veterinary warnings about popular "grain-free" diets.

The food and drug administration in a report released Thursday called the increase "confusing" after undergoing more than 500 recent cases of developed cardiomyopathy, or DCM. In almost all cases, the dog had regularly eaten a grain-free product, it said.

Most of these products came from the brands Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild, 4Health, Earthborn Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Nature's Domain, Fromm, Merrick, California Natural, Natural Balance, Orijen, Nature & # 39 ; Variety, NutriSource, Nutro and Rachael Ray Nutrish.

  Most cases involved dry dog ​​food formulations that were cereal-free and contained peas and / or lenses.



Most cases involved dry mathematical formulations that were grain-free and contained peas and / or lenses.

Most cases involved dry mathematical formulations, but also raw, semimistic and wet foods were included. Almost all meals were cereal-free and contained peas and / or lentils. Almost half contained potatoes and / or sweet potatoes.

Golden retrievers were the most common breed, but the FDA warned that a dog's dog bailout had been observed due to breed-specific social media and activities that raised the awareness of the problem and urged owners and veterinarians to submit reports to the FDA. Cats were also investigated, although only 14 were reported.

Although the cases have some strong similarities, it is exactly what causes DCM among them unknown.

"Another confusing aspect of the latest tip in DCM cases is that they have happened only in recent years. The FDA is working on the pet food industry to better understand whether changes in ingredients, ingredient collection, treatment or formulation may have contributed to the development of DCM, FDA says.

  The FDA launched a survey of DCM's potential bond to dog food in 2018 after seeing an increase in DCM cases and



The FDA launched a study of DCM's potential dog food bandage in 2018 after seeing an increase in DCM cases among dog breeds that are not usually prone to heart disease.

The FDA launched a study of DCM's potential dog food bandage in July 2018 following an inflation in reported DCM cases that included breeds that are not usually prone to heart disease. Of the 560 DCM cases reported to the FDA, 119 of the dogs have died, it said.

Several of the brands have issued statements that defend their products and note that the FDA's investigation remains in progress.

"To date, the FDA has still not found any science-based reasons for linking grain-free diets – including Taste of the Wild – to DCM. As they notice, there are a complex problem with many factors to consider. We continue to monitor this question closely and support ongoing research efforts, Taste of the Wild says in a statement on Facebook.

Although the FDA does not encourage the public to stop using the marks, some veterinarians call the "corn-free" diet an unnecessary stick that should be considered again

  It is not quite clear why the 16 dog food brands were most likely linked to a case of DCM Vets encourages owners to



It is not entirely clear why the 16 dog food brands were most likely related to a case of DCM. Vets encourages owners to switch to a brand that meets comprehensive quality control and testing.

"The whole grain-free thing is a popular myth," John de Jong, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, told The New York Times. "If they look at the dog's relatives in the wild, such as coyotes, wolves and hyenas, they live on their prey. The animals they afflict are typically plant-living animals, so they consume grain anyway."

Dr. Lisa Freeman, a veterinary nutritionist and researcher at Cummings Veterinary Medicine School at Tufts University, has also called grain-free diets largely unnecessary. She warned against small, boutique companies and products that offer exotic ingredients.

"In fact, food allergy is very unusual, so there is no benefit in feeding pet foods containing exotic ingredients," she said in a previous blog post about the potential relationship between DCM and a dog's nutrition. "And while grains have been accused on the internet of causing almost all diseases known to dogs, grains do not contribute to any health problems and are used in pet foods as a nutritious source of protein, vitamins and minerals."

Freeman advised to switch from a small animal feed producer – which she said could be better in marketing than nutrition and quality control – to one who meets comprehensive quality control and testing.

Freeman offers this online guide on how to choose your dog's food. 19659002] Dr. Bruce Kornreich, veterinary cardiologist in the clinical department of the Cornell University Veterinary College and assistant director of the Cornell Feline Health Center, also urged this to tell NBC News that consumers should choose a food "produced by a company with a long history. . "