Pet Nutrition Confusion
Updated: Apr 20, 2019
I know that a lot of you have probably heard about the grain-free controversy surrounding Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). For those that haven't heard about it, or don't know much about it, I highly encourage you to consider joining a Facebook group called Taurine-Deficient (Nutritional) Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Once you're in, go into the section titled "Units" and start reading. Whatever side of the fence you end up falling on, at least take the time to do some homework so that you know what's going on. My husband & I made the decision to change the food that we're feeding our dogs. We took them off of Fromm Heartland Gold Grain Free Large Breed Adult, and we switched them to Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Rice Formula. We didn't make this change lightly, as we've always looked down at Purina and highly recommended Fromm. I did a lot of research...A LOT. My husband & I scheduled an appointment with our vet to discuss nutrition and my concern about DCM. She checked them both over, and we decided to make the switch even though neither of them were showing any signs of issues. My vet is knowledgable on DCM, and she has written papers & given lectures on the subject. Plus, she has seen both of my dogs from the beginning, so I felt 100% confident in our decision.
Now, with that being said, is she telling all of her clients to change foods? No. She said that as long as your dog (or cat) is doing find on the food they are on, stay with it. However, she encourages you to know the signs of DCM. (I will post those below.) She did say that you want to make sure that you are feeding your pet a balanced diet.
No matter what you are feeding your pet, including homemade & raw diets, please take a few minutes to read through this. If there are additional links supplied that fit your pet food situation, follow those too.
I hope I gave you some things to think about.