What you should know: The Recent Crisis with Dog Food Brands

At Elle McCall, the health and safety for our pets always come first. That's why when we heard about an influx of warnings against a number of popular dog food brands, we went searching for the answers. What should - and shouldn't - I be feeding my dog?

What Happened?

The Federal Food & Drug Administration has warned about “grain free” diets possibly being linked to Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy and have identified 16 brands to be associated with the disease. While the FDA hasn't banned these brands, Veterinarians everywhere are calling for a stop to feeding dogs any "grain free" foods.

What is Canine Dilated Cariomyopathy?

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of canine heart disease that affects the heart muscle. The hearts of dogs with DCM have a decreased ability to pump blood, which often results in congestive heart failure. Some breeds, especially large and giant breeds, have a tendency to have DCM. These breeds include Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, and Saint Bernards. While DCM is less common in medium and small breeds, English and American Cocker Spaniels are also predisposed to this condition. The reports submitted to the FDA of DCM spanned a wide range of breeds, including many without a known genetic predisposition to the disease. When early reports from the veterinary cardiology community indicated that recent, atypical cases in breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Whippets, Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus all consistently ate grain alternatives in their diets, the FDA took notice.

What do I do?

It's simple, do not feed your dog "Grain Free" food. Read the labels, do your research and ALWAYS consult your vet for the best approach to your pets' diet and health.

The Full FDA Warning List of Dog Food Brands:

  • Acana

  • Zignature

  • Taste of the Wild

  • 4Health

  • Earthborn

  • Holistic

  • Blue Buffalo

  • Nature’s Domain

  • FrommMerrick

  • California Natural

  • Natural Balance

  • Orijen

  • Nature’s Variety

  • NutriSource

  • Nutro

  • Rachael Ray Nutrish


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