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Don’t Feed Your Dog Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Legumes or Lentils

The FDA has issued an alert regarding grain free foods that contain potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes (peas, chickpeas, etc and lentils). FDA

Dr. Stern, cardiologist from UC Davis, is studying why so far over 126 golden retrievers eating kibble with these ingredients have developed potentially deadly dilated cardiomyopathy. Many have died. Research

If you are concerned talk with your vet about getting a taurine test. If the results of a whole blood test are less than 250 you will be referred to a canine cardiologist for an echocardiogram to see if, and how much, heart damage has occurred. DCM can generally be treated with supplements and a diet change if caught in time.

I was asked to post some foods I would recommend you change diets to be on the safe side. I have found that do not have any of the suspect ingredients that I have switched to for my five goldens. Most vets will recommend Royal Canine Golden Retriever. I am not a fan but here is a link RC Golden Food

Many raw foods do not have the suspect ingredients. Stella and Chewys is readily available and we use in the morning commercial raw

I’ve also found some really convenient foods that look like jerky and are air dried raw with good ingredients

Ziwi Peak Ziwi

Real Meat Real Meat

Only Natural Chicken and Pumpkin Only Natural

A kibble I’d feed my pups is Earthborn Polluck and Pumpkin which Barb Hayter found. kibble

And finally, many of you know I like to cook for my pups. I’ve recently started using the recipes and supplements from Balance It

Remember to add an egg or sardine a few times a week. Both are inexpensive and rich in taurine.

For more information join the Facebook group called Taurine-Deficient Dilated Cardiomyopathy. They have been compiling a list of dogs who have had taurine tests, what their scores were and what food they were feeding.

Two of my pups tested fine (I had changed their diet before the test). Keagan, who was tested first, before I changed foods, score was low at 238 and goes for an echocardiogram next month.

This is one health issue we can make a difference with for our pups, so until research has some answers for us, avoid potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes (peas, chickpeas, etc) and lentils.

October 22, 2018   No Comments