I wasn’t going to say anything about this until the investigation was complete and all of the facts were in but the FDA released another report last week that’s been all over the news and social media so now I feel that I have to address it …
Since July 2018, the FDA has been investigating reports of heart disease (canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)) in dogs eating certain pet foods labeled as “grain-free”. For those who don’t know, DCM is a decrease in the ability of the heart to pump blood through the body and it can be life threatening.
On Thursday, 6/17/19 the FDA released an updated report naming specific brands of food that have the highest numbers of reported cases of DCM.
I have seen a lot of misinformation being shared on social media so I want to clearly state that a relationship between these specific foods and heart disease has NOT been PROVEN 100%, the study is still ongoing BUT just to be on the safe side I am recommending that any LTY families and other dog owners who are currently feeding a grain free food should switch their pets food.
My recommendations are:
* LTY pups UNDER 6 months of age can remain on the Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Puppy food they are currently eating
* for pups OVER 6 months and adults I am recommending you switch to: Farmina Natural & Delicious Lamb & Ancestral Low-Grain Mini Breed Formula
PLEASE switch your dog’s food slowly to avoid stomach upset. If you have questions about how to switch foods please let me know.
If your dog has specific dietary needs or you have other questions or concerns please consult your veterinarian.