Riversong Veterinary Clinic

Recent FDA Report on Canine Cardiomyopathy

Many of you may have heard or read about the FDA’s recent investigation into Canine Cardiomyopathy. An article from the FDA regarding the study can be found here.

This news could affect your decisions about what food to feed your canine friend. At the core of this issue is the process by which dry dog food is manufactured. The “kibble” must contain starch in order to form into solid pieces during the extrusion process. Several of the “grain free” forms of starches used are peas, lentils and potatoes.

The FDA is investigating a potential (not yet proven) link between these starches and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in some dogs. During this investigation process we may see grain free dog food makers modify their formulas to address the potential concerns mentioned in the above article.

As always, it is very important to read the label of the food you choose for your pets. To continue to feed dry kibble not containing peas, lentils or potatoes, the best option may be a grain-containing diet with high quality grain such as barley, oatmeal, or brown rice.

Canned foods, dehydrated raw foods, and commercially prepared raw diets are readily available in grain free form without peas, lentils or potatoes.

For dog owners who want to exercise extreme caution regarding this matter, here is an example list of some dry foods that do not contain peas, lentils or potatoes. If your dog is currently eating a prescription diet, please contact us (or your regular veterinarian) for an alternate prescription.

Nutri-source -Beef and Rice, trout and rice, adult chicken and rice, large breed adult, lamb meal and rice

Purina Beyond Simply 9 all flavors. Be careful when buying the Purina beyond and Purina simply both have peas. Only the “Purina beyond simply 9” does not have peas

Fromm Gold small breed adult, Fromm gold large breed adult, Fromm adult dog food (purple bag) and Fromm mature adult (red bag). Be careful when buying. This brand has many different varieties with similar names.

Tractor Supply 4 HEALTH ORIGINAL FORMULA, white/green bag, multiple flavors such as Lamb and Rice

Sportmix Wholesomes Food for Dogs

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact Riversong or your regular veterinarian.

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Brevard, NC 28712

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