With all the recent hoopla of DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) and grain-free diets, it is imperative to know the suitable diets for dogs approved by the FDA. Luckily, the US FDA Grain-free Diet study with all the trends of new human diets, many are changing their dog’s diets as well. It is imperative to speak with your veterinarian regarding the best diet for your pet. A new and on going US FDA study is collecting data that is showing there may be a link between grain-free diets and a very serious heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). While the study is still ongoing, there is supportive evidence that shows that pets on grain-free diets are developing DCM at a much higher rate than those pets that are not on a grain free diet. If you are feeding your dog a grain-free diet, and your pet has not been diagnosed with a grain allergy, we recommend having a discussion with one of our veterinarians regarding other diet options that may be safer for your pet!
A Balanced FDA-approved Diet for Dogs
The FDA ensures the safety of pet foods by ensuring dog food labels are truthful in showing its ingredients. With FDA regulations, consumers can have peace of mind knowing that the food is safe for their dog to eat, that the food has no harmful substances, and it was made under sanitary conditions. The FDA also tests claims of pet food manufacturers to make sure these claims are true. For instance, if the dog food package states that it helps manage your dog’s cholesterol, this agency tests it to determine whether this claim is true. If it’s not true, the manufacturer can’t put it on the package.
The FDA works with other organizations and veterinarians who take pride in their work and love pets. And as a result, they know that while the majority of a canine’s diet should be meat, it should also include tons of nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and grains. Giving your furry pal pet treats is good as a snack, and it is alright to give in to your pooch pouting for the good, sizzling smell of bacon by giving them a piece of bacon occasionally. However, these top-notch pet food specifically made for your pooch are also essential for a complete, balanced diet, even though those foods don’t look appealing to us.
For more information about US FDA grain-free diet study updates and more concerning your dog’s diet, contact Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital & Grooming in Riverview, FL today at (813) 670-8881 for a consultation. For decades now, Dr. Keshava Eega has been devoted to ensuring the best health for animals, so your pet will be in good hands.
Dr. Keshava Eega
Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital
Dr. Keshava Eega moved to the United States in 2003 to further his passion for practicing high-quality and modern veterinary medicine in a challenging environment. Having graduated from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, India, he then completed his Master’s in Animal Science and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam in 2006. Dr. Eega then completed his clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently obtained his license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida. Dr. Eega possesses thirteen years of experience in corporate practice in Orlando as both an Associate Veterinarian and a Lead Doctor. Through the course of his tenure, he has gained vast and widespread experience and exposure in both the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine and soft tissue surgeries. He also possesses professional interests in preventive care, senior pet care, skin cases, nutrition, behavior and wellness exams, particularly for both cats and dogs. Dr. Eega also possesses Fear Free certification which enables him to rid pets, owners and even veterinary health care teams of fear, stress, and anxiety. Hence, in the hands of Dr. Eega, you can be assured that your pet receives modern, customized care in a comfortable environment!