Tabby & Jack’s Response to:
FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
At Tabby & Jack’s, our primary concern is for the well being of our pets. We have recently been alerted of an FDA investigation to determine if there is a link between certain food ingredients and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). We have read the FDA statement carefully and have summarized key findings.
Tabby & Jack’s has also made recommendations for pet owners who understandably may want to modify or change their pets’ diet. While we find this study to be of concern, Tabby & Jack's, after our own in-depth analysis, agrees with the FDA in that there is no immediate need to eliminate a grain-free diet. We do, however, recommend that specific supplements be considered to mitigate concerns of taurine deficiencies.
Diets fed for the 515 cases studied by the FDA were as follows:
Signs and Symptoms of DCM
Tabby & Jack's Recommendations:
Summary: It's always concerning when a new study emerges, but it is important to know that the FDA has stated that the findings are not conclusive enough to warrant a dietary change. The root of concerns is taurine deficiency, therefore, Tabby & Jack’s suggests anyone feeding a cooked/processed diet should supplement with a taurine rich food. Dry kibble food is cooked at high temperatures and contain binder ingredients to keep it shelf stable and for the kibble to keep it's shape. None of the binders used (whether grain or not) are biologically appropriate for a dog, therefore all highly processed food is going to be the culprit to many diseases. For the best chance for optimal health, fed your dog a balanced raw meat diet. If feeding a raw meat diet to your pet is not financially feasible for you, consider supplementing with one of the ingredients listed above. Adding extra Taurine in its most natural state will give your dog the best chances of healthy taurine levels and reduced risk for DCM.
Tabby & Jack’s will continue to follow these studies and will inform our communities as we learn more.
Other great non-biased information:
If you would like to discuss your dog's specific diet plan with one of our nutritionists, please come visit one of our locations, or you can direct your questions to our Educational Coordinator and Pet Nutrition Expert, Kathleen Folz at Kathleen@tabbyandjacks.com
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