T.J. Palm Author
I write Children's books and True stories about animals I write my Blog about anything that peaks my interests that week it could be anything!!
I know we all remember the wheat free craze, you can't forget because we are still in it. when it went nuts it even hurt the bread Industry, not all those people needed to go wheat free, so many of those people never got tested to see if they couldn't eat wheat. I never fell for that, what I did fall for was the grain free craze that is so big today in our dog food industry. We are so easily persuaded to try something new. So many people jump on that band wagon to feed their dogs Grain Free, sounded good that's what I thought, until I started seeing stories like this one. In March 2019 Ridgefield veterinary center, had two Golden Retrievers one 6 yrs and one 2 yrs of age they came in for elective surgical procedures. Both dogs had been eating a will know grain free diet for years. One dog had Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) detected, and a chest x-ray was taken, and what they saw was an enlarged heart. So they did a Echo-cardiogram. They did all the same tests on the other golden. When all was said and done both Golden's had Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). In both cases the cardiologist suspects that in both dogs it was their diet. They are back on a traditional diet, it was caught early so their condition should reverse. these cases were reported to the FDA, along with thousands of other cases across the country. There is no evidence to support feeding a grain free diet, will get rid of allergies, Most often allergies are environment (pollen's,etc. or types of protein sources, grain allergies are but a tiny fraction of all food allergies in dogs. Many dogs are becoming very ill , or even dying from eating (boutique, Exotic grain free Diets.) The sad thing is that nutritionally Dilated Cardiomyopathy(DCM) is 100% preventable. The FDA is alerting pet owners and Vets to dogs eating grain Free Diets that have Peas, Lentils, and other legumes seeds or potatoes as a main ingredients. The FDA also was trying to say there is a genetic link to dogs getting (DCM) but its occurring in breeds the are not genetically prone to ( DCM). Its my opinion but I don't think its a genetic link as a whole, I think its the grain free diets. Breeds that are more often affected by (DCM) are Great Danes,Boxers,Newfoundlands,Irish wolf hounds,Saint Bernard's and Dobermans. Less common in small or medium breeds, except American and English Cocker Spaniels. How ever the cases that the FDA has included golden and Labrador Retrieves, Whippets,a Shih Tuz,a Bull dog and a Miniature Schnauzer, as well as mixed breeds. Dr. Josh Stern, a veterinary cardiologist and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine ,Began seeing an alarming trend in cases at the veterinary Hospitals a few years ago. Golden retrievers were being diagnosed more frequently with (DCM) a disease not commonly associated with this breed. This diagnosis of (DCM) was coupled with another finding that many of the dogs were eating the same grain-free diet and had blood tests confirming low Taurine levels. Taurine is an amino acid that dogs get naturally in their diets and manufacture from other building blocks contained in the food. although dogs have the ability to manufacture taurine, it has been known for sometime that low levels of taurine are associated with a potentially reversible form of (DCM).