Erickson Veterinary Hospital

11181 Midway Chico CA 95928

(530) 343-5896

 
 

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Hospital Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m
Sunday, Closed

 

JULY 17,2019 UPDATE

GRAIN FREE DIETS &

DCM (DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY)

 The FDA is currently investigating a link between grain-free diets and a condition called DCM affecting dogs. DCM essentially is when the heart becomes very enlarged and leads to a lot of different side effects, which can be fatal. (Several dogs have died).

To date there have been over 500 reported cases (with many going unreporting). The affected diets cover a range of brands, with most (93%) of them grain-free diets containing legumes (peas, lentils, chickpeas, etc).

The pathogenesis – why these diets are causing this issue is unknown.

RECOMMENDATION:

·      Avoid all grain-free diets.

AVOID RAW DIETS –these have been linked as well

·      Only feed diets that are AAFCO certified.

(Association of American Feed Control Officials)

·      If you are concerned, bring your pets in for testing (radiographs + ECGs)

·      DCM symptoms

Lethargy

Cough

Difficulty breathing

collapse

For more info, go to :

https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy

shorter link: tinyurl.com/y64awdl3

 

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11181 Midway, Chico, CA 95928