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The Truth About Grain Free Diets
Published by Dr. LaCava in Nutrition • 6/24/2020 6:44:42 PM
In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes in various forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients (listed within the first 10 ingredients in the ingredient list, before vitamins and minerals).
This investigation is ongoing and includes 16 brands of dog food.
The brands under investigation are as follows:
Acana
Zignature
Taste of the Wild
4Health
Earthborn Holistic
Blue Buffalo
Nature’s Domain
Fromm
Merrick
California Natural
Natural Balance
Orijen
Nature’s Variety
NutriSource
Nutro
Rachael Ray Nutrish

At this time, diet change is recommended, when possible. Please always switch your pets food slowly over a period of 7 days. Do not abrubtly change your pets food.
Food selection guidelines found here:
https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/Arpita-and-Emma-editorial/Selecting-the-Best-Food-for-your-Pet.pdf

Each pet is unique and dog food is not "one size fits all". However, there are 4 brands that we are currently recommending that employ veterinary nutritionists and is manufactured with rigorous quality control measures and research behind the formulation.
The brands we currently recommend are as follows:

Hills
Royal Canin
Purina
Iams