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DCM FDA Update

Discussion in 'Commercial Food' started by corbinam, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. pomshe

    pomshe Forums Enthusiast

    Apr 6, 2015
    Fromm has both grain-free and varieties with grain. I have used the ones with grain for over 13 years with no problems. I think the peas and legumes are going to be proven to be the main problem. There doesn't seem to be a problem with foods that contain grains, so I just stay away from corn, soy, wheat, peas, legumes, and meat by-products.
  2. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    This is my rule of thumb in choosing foods now too. I don't feed Fromm any more because several of my dogs have specific requirements due to medical issues, but I agree it's a really good food. There are others out there that meet these criteria, but you have to hunt for them, even within each brand.
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  3. KarenCurtis

    KarenCurtis Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I never fed Blue Bufallo grain free, but there are peas in the regular BB foods also. At this point, after seeing the cardiologist, I'd rather feed Sandstorm foods with corn in it than peas! My puppy is getting ProPlan puppy, it has corn in it. There are a couple of ProPlan foods without corn that I really like also.
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  4. Sunflower77

    Sunflower77 Forums Enthusiast

    Feb 6, 2019
    My breeder fed Fromm Gold (not grain free) for a long time. She told me her dogs all lived very long. I believe the culprit lies in the legumes, which the grain free varieties contain the highest amount. Some boutique brands (for example, Acana, Zignature) only produce grain free kibbles. That’s probably why they are on the top of the list.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2019
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  5. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    This is exactly what my vet told me. She gave me a print out of an FDA article and the WSAVA guidelines. I'm so glad my vet is on top of it. She said she has this conversation with every single client who is feeding something other than those brands.
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  6. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    I do believe research that came out recently was pointing in this direction. So many companies are replacing proteins with these items. So many, me included, fed grain free for years because it was supposedly better.
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  7. KarenCurtis

    KarenCurtis Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I am perfectly fine with feeding ProPlan, corn and all. If I like a certain Eukanuba, I'll feed that too. This research and findings are too scary to me. So many dogs stay very healthy on the 5 brands that comply. Some of those brands are better than the others, but more brands need to comply.
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  8. Hanne

    Hanne Forums Sage

    Nov 13, 2014
    Minnie started at Fromm´s Adult gold in April 2017
    which made a big difference with her "up and down" stomach

    She has never had stomach problems ever since :no:
    her stools have since been "a dream" :biggrin2:
  9. Chris

    Chris Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    We feed Stella and Chewy Raw Coated Kibble. We mix in different things like low fat cheese, Fromm venison and beef soft food, and other healthy treats. We've been very happy because their health is outstanding and their bloodwork shows no problems. Yes, Beckon is being treated for low thyroid, and Bitsy Boodle is still fighting lymphoma, but otherwise, they're healthy. Penny and Layla are even considered younger than their years physiologically!!
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  10. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    So glad you said that, I agree too - corn is the least of our worries. So ok, dogs don't eat corn on the cob in the wild, but they don't eat blueberries and quinoa either! Our choices in Australia are very limited though, esp for a dog with a chicken allergy. We don't get the range you do, instead Australia has been flooded with grain-free and boutique brands and little else so it is hard making a switch.

    Just this week I've been reading more stories from Sheltie owners with dogs affected or died from diet related DCM, so it isn't just Golden Retrievers.

    Last year several Police dogs died and over 100 pets were inflicted with megaesophagus after eating Advance dog food (which is the biggest brand in Aust), and that's when I realised things with dog food are not as they seem. So I've found all this info very useful, and I was comforted to see that with Purina and the other 4 WSAVA compliant brands have set up a good life for the testing dogs and cats that live at the facility. I feel better too about feeding prescription, because as someone else pointed out, these are the most thoroughly researched products on the market.
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