Recent FDA Reports on Dog Food/DCM

Our team at Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies wants to reassure all our concerned customers that we are here for you. We continue to strive to be not just a place to buy great supplies for your pets but to be a place for resources, advice, education, and a tap into industry news and knowledge to build on our expertise for your pet’s health. With that being said, we would like the opportunity to put your minds at ease if you have concerns. For those that continue to be concerned regarding the latest FDA report, we would love the chance to talk to you personally, so feel free to stop into our store or give us a call so we can talk about these developments.

There are a few things that we think are important to be mentioned: 
-No causative scientific link between DCM and specific products/brands have been identified.
-There have been 500 reports out of over 77 million dogs in this country. 
-The diagnosed heart disease in a lot of these cases have been reported as most likely genetic.
-The issue has primarily been with larger breed dogs. 
Now we realize that there are surely many cases that have yet to be reported and presumably will be as more light is shed on this. We are taking this very seriously. We have had customers of ours dealing with this.

We are more than happy to provide recommendations for anybody wishing to switch their diet. We carry dozens of different food brands – some are listed by the FDA, some are not, many have grain-free options. We carry dozens of treats, foods, and supplements that have Taurine and L-Carnitine, two amino acids that strengthen the heart. We also carry foods that are baked, canned, dehydrated, freeze dried, or raw – these types of foods are not extruded foods and therefore are not part of this.

It’s also important to note that DCM is reversible - any alterations to diets and placing a higher focus on your pet’s nutrition can keep them healthy. For those that don’t know, DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and results in an enlarged heart. As the heart and its chambers become dilated, it becomes harder for the heart to pump, and heart valves may leak, which can lead to a buildup of fluids in the chest and abdomen (congestive heart failure).

The FDA continues to believe that the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors and that the actual cause has still yet to be determined.

We have received proactive statements from many of our food manufacturers assuring us that they are doing everything within their power during this situation. Please let us know how WE can help YOU with any of your questions or concerns. If your dog is experiencing any medical symptoms, we highly recommend you visit your veterinarian.

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The Wags to Wiskers Team

Additional Resources:

Take a look at this open letter from a veterinary source, Dr. Magnuson, that we highly endorse and recommend:

FDA, DCM, and Grain Free Diets

And here’s some of the original information released by the FDA:

FDA Investigating Links between Dog Food & DCM