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F.D.A. Links 16 Brands of Dog Food to Canine Heart Disease

F.D.A. Links 16 Brands of Dog Food to Canine Heart Disease

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  • I cut grain out of my dog’s diet so he could get those summer abs.

  • I caught my dog eating a shoe the other day. I love her, but damn, how can I worry about her nutrition when she prefers Nike to chicken?

  • So much pseudoscience in diet fads for doggos — and hoomans too. Anthropomorphism runs wild.

  • Slow science is the best science. It's also the most frustrating science. I feed my dog Merrick and I don't know what do to.

  • Want nutrition advice for your pet? Ask a vet, not the internet. Of course if they say grains are good, and / or go organic, GMO free, then you have a natural path, not a vet and should change to a science based veterinary provider. Also this is not a new thing. For the FDA to make a ruling like this

    Want nutrition advice for your pet? Ask a vet, not the internet. Of course if they say grains are good, and / or go organic, GMO free, then you have a natural path, not a vet and should change to a science based veterinary provider. Also this is not a new thing. For the FDA to make a ruling like this, there must be a body of peer reviewed research supporting this, from credible sources.

  • I just found out my 5 year old pup is dying of cancer. I threw out all her dog food and give her variations of what I make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It will not cure her but I have seen a difference in her overall energy level.

    I need reminded that the FDA allows unhealthy additives to begin

    I just found out my 5 year old pup is dying of cancer. I threw out all her dog food and give her variations of what I make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It will not cure her but I have seen a difference in her overall energy level.

    I need reminded that the FDA allows unhealthy additives to begin with. Pets really do not need dog food. It’s been relatively easy making my own.

  • What's the old saying " It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature"?

    Human emotions do, constantly.

  • I’ve been feeding my dog Acana since mid-2007 - 2008 because he has so many allergies that it was difficult to find food that didn’t have chicken or wheat in it. I thought we’d struck gold when we found the Acana brand because we’d finally found food that didn’t have the allergens and he actually liked

    I’ve been feeding my dog Acana since mid-2007 - 2008 because he has so many allergies that it was difficult to find food that didn’t have chicken or wheat in it. I thought we’d struck gold when we found the Acana brand because we’d finally found food that didn’t have the allergens and he actually liked it and felt full after eating it (We tried Hill Z/D for a while and it was like he was eating air... would go through a 25 pound bag in a week and he’s only 25 pounds himself). Fast forward to today and my dog has Congestive Heart Failure.

    I’m not saying that feeding Acana did or did not contribute to his heart condition at this stage. I’m waiting for more research to be presented to show whether or not it truly is contributory to his heart condition. Also, I know that genetics play a part, so it’s just as possible that he would have developed this condition regardless of what he ate.

    It is one of those rock and a hard place situations. Do I find another brand simply because the data suggests that these 16 brands (Acana being one of them) have a higher rate of canine heart disease without knowing the factors that go into the data set? Or, do I wait to find out if there truly is a link between the two with these brands?

    Normally, I’m a pretty scientific person and would wait for the data investigation to be completed as much as possible and base my decision on the findings before making a big decision.

    But, with this being a situation where I might cause additional health damage to my pup, I find that the scientific side of me is outweighed by the emotional side and that I’ll likely switch to a different brand (hopefully I can find one without any of his allergens) until the further study is complete and I can see whether there is a definitive link between Acana and Canine Heart Disease. I just can’t take that big of a chance with the beloved furry member of my family.

    At this stage I know that his Congestive Heart Failure is irreversible and we will have to continue managing it with medication ($120/month for the 3 meds), but I don’t want to be doing him a potential different kind of heart harm by continuing to feed him Acana.

  • This report by the FDA is long on blame and short on information, always a dangerous combo. Until we know why these foods are bad for dogs it leaves pet owners in a lurch as to what to do.