Just like the fad diets men and women are shown in the latest health magazines, pet owners are faced with similar challenges. One such diet fad for pets is the use of grain-free diets. Pet owners need to become educated on the potential harm that grain-free diets for pets may cause.
FDA Warning About Grain-Free Pet Foods
In July of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration issued an ominous warning to pet owners across the United States about grain-free pet foods. Their news update showed a potential link between grain-free diets and heart disease, specifically in dogs.
The news release warned veterinarians and pet owners about “canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients.” DCM is a disease that affects a dog’s heart, and causes it to become enlarged, making it more difficult to pump. This may lead to other complications which can lead to congestive heart failure if not caught early enough.
Taurine Deficiency and DCM
Quoted in the FDA warning about grain-free pet foods was a study that showed that low taurine levels in blood may lead to DCM. In order to make sure that your dog is receiving the proper amino acids like taurine, it’s vital that you feed them with a proper diet.
You Are What You Eat?
In health class, many of us learned that “you are what you eat!” It’s important for people to eat right. It’s just as important for your pet to make sure they are eating correctly. Pets need the proper nutrients, vitamins, and amino acids to make sure they grow, stay healthy, and live long, happy lives.
When we feed our pets the right foods and develop healthy habits for them, it maximizes our opportunities to give our dogs and cats a chance at living with us for years to come!
How Can I Be Sure My Pet Is Eating Right?
If you’ve been feeding your pet a grain-free diet and are concerned about their health, please contact Dr. Bruce for a consultation. He and his staff will work to make sure that your dog or cat are well cared for, and are receiving the right food to help them grow healthy and strong. Our veterinary team can help you in obtaining the best food for your pet.
After a consultation, Dr. Bruce will give you his recommendations, and our team will connect you with our recommended brands.
Schedule Your Consultation
Scheduling an appointment with Dr. Bruce is quick and easy. If you’d prefer to do so online, you can fill out an appointment request on our website. We also have a great tool, the PetDesk App which you can download onto your smartphone and request an appointment there. If you’d like to speak with someone on Dr. Bruce’s staff over the phone, you can give us a call at 954-448-7600.