Just like in our own ongoing human dietary confusion and contradiction, new discoveries are now warning pet owners about the harmful effects that have been recently reported from these grain-free diets. The FDA, which does not regulate dog food stepped in and in July issued a warning to pet owners feeding their pets grain-free diets.
The significance of these findings is that dogs of various breeds and size were developing heart issues, specifically those of enlarged hearts. Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a severe condition that debilitates and kills. DCM enlarges both chambers of the heart, and the heart is no longer able to pump sufficiently. It stresses the heart and usually evolves into CHF (chronic heart failure). Many of the dogs affected had a deficiency of taurine in their blood. Taurine is an amino acid found in animal tissue. It is prevalent in chicken, beef, bison, and fish.
One of the speculations is that legumes such as peas, lentils, and chickpeas are to blame. When manufacturers replaced grains like rice, corn, and oats, they began to add in legumes, which are very healthy for humans, but apparently not so much for canines.
It’s always best to speak to your veterinarian about the best food options for your dog’s breed, overall health, and size. Many dogs have thrived on the standard dog food diets that have been around for decades, so following trends is not always the best decision for your furry loved ones.
Best Friends Animal Hospital
Best Friends Animal Hospital believes in providing quality health care for your pet in a warm and welcoming environment. Their doctors routinely attend educational seminars in order to stay abreast of the latest medical treatments and technologies. Their hospital also prides itself on having state-of-the-
art equipment including a digital X-ray machine and surgical laser, both of which are used in human medicine. The digital X-ray machine allows them to take high-quality radiographs in seconds and gives their doctors images with better diagnostic quality, and the surgical laser helps to decrease pain and bleeding as well as increase healing speed of the incision.
Best Friends Animal Hospital offers free 24-hour access to your pet’s medical record through a pet portal, as well as home delivery of your pet’s prescriptions through an online store. Their online Pharmacy carries prescription medications, heartworm, flea and tick preventative, pet food, treats, and toys.
The doctors and staff are devoted to helping your pets live longer, healthier, and happier lives because they understand that your pet is an important member of your family. Their knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and they look forward to seeing you and your pet(s) soon. Please visit their website to find out more, or call them to book your appointment.
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