As a company, we work hard to stay informed about the products we stock in our stores and how they impact your pets. The FDA recently released findings regarding the potential link between certain diets and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). We took some time to do our research and pull together resources.
Below you can find links to pertinent FDA articles and statements from the manufacturers pet foods mentioned in the FDA report. This is a page we will update as we receive more information.
While there is no definitive cause for DCM, reports have shown that pets suffering from DCM can improve (and in some cases reverse) its effects through veterinary care and/or change in diet and adding a taurine supplement.
We have always encouraged supplementing with natural taurine if you have a large or giant breed dog (barrel chested). Taurine can be found naturally in organ meat, either raw or freeze dried, or raw goat’s milk.
There are many options for organ meats – hearts, liver, lung and kidney – they can be found in many treats, food toppers and canned dog food.
As a general rule, goat’s milk contains levels of taurine 20x higher than cow’s milk.
The FDA reported rotation feeding as important, with which we agree, because every animal’s amino acid profile varies. By rotating food, you introduce the body (and heart) to new amino acids that are vital and promote healthy heart function.
We’ll continue to monitor FDA updates and provide you with more information as it becomes available.
As always, we appreciate your business and your support.
Jackie and Kevin Myers
Information on Taurine
Champion Pet Foods
fromm Family Foods
Natural Balance Statement
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Pet Heart Disease
Natural Balance® understands there may be concerns related to the FDA’s recent announcement that they are investigating the cause of an increase in heart disease among dogs. As pet owners ourselves, we were concerned to hear this news. Our in-house veterinarian is working with the FDA to understand what may be causing this increase. Based on the information we have reviewed with veterinarians having expertise in animal nutrition it is not clear whether diet plays a role. We are hopeful
this collaboration with the FDA will identify a conclusive root cause for this increase in heart disease occurrences among dogs.
As always, we are committed to supplying you and your customers with the highest quality products. We appreciate our partnership and your continued support. https://www.naturalbalanceinc.com
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