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    Sandy C

    I feed my 3 year lab Acana Duck and Pear as this seems to be the only product that does not affect his allergies, but listed on your sight it is listed as the highest in reports – what are some other food choices in the dry formula that do not have Chicken, chicken meal, or chicken fat in them – this has been my dilemma. And would be nice if this is something I could afford.
    Thank you.

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    Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach!

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    17. What’s the safest diet for my dog?
    Different dogs have different nutritional needs based on a number of factors, so nutrition advice is not one-size-fits-all. The FDA recommends asking your veterinarian, who may consult a board-certified or veterinary nutritionist, for advice about what to feed your dog.
    It’s important to note that the reports include dogs that have eaten grain-free and grain containing foods and also include vegetarian or vegan formulations. They also include all forms of diets: kibble, canned, raw and home-cooked. Therefore, we do not think these cases can be explained simply by whether or not they contain grains, or by brand or manufacturer.
    To put this issue into proper context, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are 77 million pet dogs in the United States. As of April 30, 2019, the FDA has received reports about 560 dogs diagnosed with DCM suspected to be linked to diet. Tens of millions of dogs have been eating dog food without developing DCM. If you are concerned about the diet you are currently feeding your dog, FDA recommends working with your veterinarian, who may consult a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, to determine the best diet for your dog’s need.

    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2019/06/fda-update-on-grain-free-diets-and-heart-disease-in-dogs/ excerpt below, click on link for article and comments

    Further data collection and research will be necessary to determine the precise relationship between diet and DCM in these cases. There are likely multiple factors involved, including the ingredients in the diet, the genetics or particular breeds and individuals, and others we may not yet know about. Pet owners feeding these diets don’t need to panic, since far more dogs on these diets do NOT have DCM than do. However, if you are feeding one of these foods, or a diet similar in composition, and especially if you are feeding this to a golden retriever, it would be a good idea to talk to your vet about screening your pet for DCM and considering a change in diet.

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    It has chicken fat listed as the 13th ingredient. chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)


    The ProPlan sensitive has “animal fat” listed as the 7th ingredient. Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols

    PS: I suspect that small amounts of chicken fat should not affect your dog the way chicken meal might. The farther down the ingredient list the less there is.
    The first 10 are considered main ingredients.
    Consult your vet

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    July 11, 2019 at 10:04 am
    I am wondering what the opinion is for screening electrocardiograms in light of the DCM scare with some cases being possibly related to grain free and legume heavy diets? If a dog has no outward symptoms of DCM and is no longer on a grain free diet, do we consider the extra measure of screening that dog with an echo? A dog may have DCM in the early stages with no outward signs..Some people are also getting Taurine blood levels as well…

    skeptvet says:
    July 13, 2019 at 9:29 am
    An electrocardiogram looks for abnormal heart rhythms, not DCM per se, and would not be an appropriate screening test.
    An echo and taurine levels are recommended for dogs in which there is a concern, but again since the number of cases is VERY small in terms of how many dogs are eating grain-free diets, most of these tests will be negative. I still think they are worth doing in dogs eating the diets so far identified by the FDA or in high-risk breeds (e.g. golden retrievrs), but the testing costs several hundred dollars depending on where you live (both tests together are over $700 in my area), and the echo may not be readily available in places where there are not a lot of cardiologists practicing, so given the uncertainty not everyone chooses to have the tests done.

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    susan k

    I feed Wellness Core kibble — the poultry variety. It’s a five-star food on Dogfoodadvisor’s best food list and has been for a long time. It does, however, have peas and potatoes listed as fourth and fifth ingredients, and legumes in particular may be problematic in the long run. Dogfoodadvisor and other sites recommend switching foods and brands regularly, but — I trust Wellness. The company adds no toxic preservatives, the food is “natural,” they do add taurine (because low taurine was a problem in cat foods some years ago), and both this dog and my last one have eaten it exclusively for years. Last year when the DCM scare was first announced I had my dog taurine tested, because he’s been on grain-free for so long, and his taurine is fine. Further, neither Wellness Core nor Cairn terriers are included in the published data on dogs with DCM. In short I feel safe with Wellness and want to keep feeding it to my dog (along with a bit of no-salt deli turkey, which I always add to his bowl), but I worry about sticking with one brand for so long, and about the grain-free formula with peas and potatoes. So, two questions: 1) Do other people feed Wellness Core, and are they hesitant to switch to a different food because they trust this one? and 2) if peas and potatoes may be problematic, why has this food been rated 5-star for such a long time?
    Susan K

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    joanne l

    For the most part Wellness is a very good food. I do trust them even with the DCM scare, for some reason there formulas are in tip top shape. I don’t feed grain free, I don’t like the pea protein and pea fiber that some companies use. I have noticed that all the foods mentioned on the FDA list for DCM, they all have one thing in common, it is Pea Protein!!! These companies cleaver use pea protein to increase the protein % on the bag. I hope they get what they disserve. Wellness doesn’t use pea protein or pea fiber I don’t think. However, some people do use the same brand b/c they trust it, I don’t see anything wrong with that.

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    Hi Sandy,
    Here’s Dog Food Adviser 20 Best Dry Dog Foods list, he emailed to all DFA people who have subscribe to get mail, I got this last week after FDA release the 16 brands that “MIGHT” be associated with DCM..

    Have a look at “Canidae Pure Formula’s” the Pure formula’s have limited ingredients & DFA has the Canidae Pure Sea on his best 20 foods list…… I rotate & feed Pure Meadow Senior & Pure Wild Pork when on special, Canidae has jumped in price in Australia..

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    Yeah, and just a few weeks before that, the list contained many of the foods on the FDAs report. You clearly cannot tell the quality of the food by the ingredient label. You need to find a brand you trust. I would not and do not trust the ratings on this site.

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    Candice F

    I think the most important thing about the FDA announcement is that the common thread appears to be foods with legumes, pulses (seeds of legumes), and/or potatoes as main ingredients in the food. NOT the brand. So consider that when you are choosing a food. I usually depend upon dogfoodadvisor to help me choose a food, and I read they are currently updating the website in light of the FDA announcement. Until then, I have made a list of foods without those ingredients in an article for my local news website. https://www.seviernewsmessenger.com/2019/07/14/best-dog-food-without-peas-legumes-potatoes/

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    To me, it looks like companies that are jumping on the band wagon trying to get a piece of the pie without having the proper credentials to formulate food. Most of the companies named do not have board-certified veterinary nutritionists on their staff and do not testing or feeding trials. They are using untested ingredients together that are not providing the necessary nutrients and amino acids to our dogs to keep their hearts healthy. It’s not just about ingredients. It is about the whole nutrient package. It apparently is more complicated than I once believed.

    Companies like Diamond and Champion certainly have enough resources to hire experts and donate money or do their own research. Yet, they don’t and are making food that is potentially killing our dogs. I wouldn’t be surprised if cats are not far behind!

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