On July 12, 2018, FDA issued a public notification about the agency’s investigation into reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods. While it is early in the investigation, the Center for Veterinary Medicine recognizes that you may have questions. Below we have compiled answers to address some of the frequently asked questions raised by pet owners and veterinarians. On August 10, 2018, they issued a Questions & Answers notification.
We've received inquiries regarding Life's Abundance dog food. Below please find additional information regarding DCM and Life's Abundance. We've highlighted, in red, what makes Life's Abundance different than other dry dog foods. Additionally, we'd like you to also know that Life's Abundance has never had a recall, they've been in business since 1999 and the dry foods are shipped to you within 4-6 weeks of being made. Many commercial foods sit in uncontrolled warehouses or semi-trucks (ewww) for 6-18 months before being sent to the store shelves.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) Heart Disease - Frequently Asked Questions
You may be aware that the FDA is alerting pet parents about reports of a heart disease called canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and diets containing “peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients.” In other words, ingredients typically found in raw, vegan, exotic, home-prepared and grain-free foods.
It is important to understand the FDA says “the underlying causeis not known, but it is thought to have a genetic component”. That is why thereis an investigation of this issue.
At Life’s Abundance, we’re concerned, too. We have been involved in this discussion within the veterinary and nutritional communities, and are closely monitoring all developments. Below are answers to common questions you may have concerning this situation.
What is DCM?
It is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle that results in an enlarged heart.
Is DCM genetic?
Breeds more frequently affected include large and giant breed dogs. It is less common in small and medium breed dogs with some exceptions.
What dogs are more likely to have DCM?
At present, it appears there may be three sub-sets of dogs to consider:
- Dogs that are genetically predisposed to DCM.Heart disease is common, affecting 10% of all dogs, with even higher rates in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Doberman Pinschers, and Boxers.
- Dogs experiencing dietary taurine deficiency.
- Dogs susceptible to DCM for reasons unrelated to diet.
Is it safe to continue to feed grain free food?
We have always held the position that taurine is important for dogs and include it in all of our dog food recipes, including Grain Free .What makes us different from most other brands is that we guarantee the amount of taurine in all of our dry dog food formulas. This means that each meal is guaranteed to supply your dog with this important nutrient!
What if I don’t want to feed grain free food?
If for any reason you do not feel comfortable continuing with a grain free diet, it’s easy to switch to Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Dog Food containing grains and guaranteed taurine.
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Lisa and Rich Jelinek