FDA Center for Veterinary Medice’s Investigation into Potential Link between Diet & Canine Heart Disease

There has been recent controversy that I want to discuss this with all of my puppy buyers:

UPDATE July 2nd, 2019 after FDA Investigation into Potential Link between legumes & Canine Heart Disease:
My Note:

I have been feeding Earthborn food for 12 years. I have had absolutely no problems. I have done extensive research before I chose this food along with many taste tests with my dogs. This has always been their favorite. My dogs are VERY healthy eating this. I frequently supplement with raw natural beef & eggs that we raise here. But even as I do not believe this food is causing cardiomyopathy, it certainly does not hurt to be safe and change food. Not a bad idea to stay on the safe side.
Choose a quality food with meat as the main ingredient. I don’t like corn in the food unless it is very little. I never see dogs grazing in our corn fields so Im sure that’s wouldn’t be their favorite choice. The food doesn’t necessarily need to be grain free. Look for naturally added vitamins & minerals instead of chemically added. Compare, then see if your dog likes the food. It’s not healthy if they don’t eat it!
I have had 3 of my dogs live to 20, with one 23 years old now and the old man is still chasing me on the tractor! Yes, they were all hybrids that I bred myself!
I suggest changing your food to “Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Puppy or Adult Formula” until we get more complete information from the studies.

Here is another VERY good dry food: (none of my dogs liked the Wellness or Nature’s Logic brands)

Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast Dry Dog Food

This is the research that I have done with added links:

FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Updated June 27, 2019
Questions & Answers: FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Investigation into a Possible Connection Between Diet and Canine Heart Disease:

Summary from FDA’s Q&A’s above:
Do I need to change my dog’s diet?

“At this time, we are not advising dietary changes based solely on the information we have gathered so far. If you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or its diet, we suggest that you consult your veterinarian, who may consult a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, for individualized advice that considers your dog’s specific needs and medical history.”

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association Summary: Pet food marketing has outpaced the science, and owners are not always making healthy, science-based decisions even though they want to do the best for their pets. The recent cases of possible diet-associated DCM are obviously concerning and warrant vigilance within the veterinary and research communities. Importantly, although there appears to be an association between DCM and feeding BEG, vegetarian, vegan, or home-prepared diets in dogs, a cause-and-effect relationship has not been proven, and other factors may be equally or more important. Assessing diet history in all patients can help to identify diet-related cardiac diseases as early as possible and can help identify the cause and, potentially, best treatment for diet-associated DCM in dogs.

Letter to me from Midwestern Pet Foods of whom developed and make Earthborn:

Mary Lisa Carter
Subject: Linked to heart conditions?

JUN 30, 2019  |  08:32PM UTC
Shawn H. replied:
Mary,
We have reviewed the FDA’s recent report regarding grain-free pet foods and a potential link to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy). This report does not provide any scientific findings linking nutrition and DCM. Rather, FDA is simply attempting to gain more information as part of its evaluation process.
Congenital heart disease has been recognized in 0.56% to 0.85% of dogs for many years (Detweiler and Patterson, 1965). The report only touches upon the genetic or congenital prevalence of the disease, hinting that the disease may have a nutritional component without suggesting a nutritional solution.
It has been recognized that taurine, an amino acid, may be helpful for dogs with full onset of DCM. Since their introduction, we’ve fortified our grain-free recipes with taurine, amino acids and L-Carnitine as prudent nutritional considerations.
Midwestern Pet Foods’ utmost priority is to provide safe, high quality nutrition. Our recipes are created by a board certified pet nutritionist (PhD), use only FDA permitted ingredients and make nutritional claims permissible by the FDA. Additionally, our recipes closely follow FDA sanctioned nutrient profiles published by AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials).
We take the nutrition and health of pets very seriously. We will continue to do everything possible to ensure that our products are safe and nutritious.
Shawn H.
Customer Service
Midwestern Pet Foods
Shawn H.
Consumer Affairs Coordinator

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