What You Need to Know About Grain-Free Diets
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating the potential association between reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and certain pet foods the animals consumed, containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients. Canine DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and often results in congestive heart failure. In cases that are not linked to genetics, heart function may improve with appropriate veterinary treatment and dietary modification if caught early."
About Hill's Pet Food Recall
Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.
Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Mobile App Available
Did you know that the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline has a free App for your phone? Follow this ASPCA download link to get the app for android or iphone
This easy to use App has information about over 275 toxic substances including plants, foods, medications, cold or warm weather hazards and household hazards and is organized by species of pet with sections for dogs, cats, horses and birds. When you look up whether Fido’s most recent indiscretion needs veterinary attention it also offers an easy way to contact the Poison Control Hotline direct from the App.
While you are always welcome and encouraged to call our office for any concern you have for your pets, there are many times when our veterinarians will recommend you call Poison Control to help them better help your pet. The specially trained toxicologists at Poison Control have specialized in-depth knowledge of all toxic substances and how to treat ingestion or exposure to these substances, and we rely on them to help us to offer the best and most up-to-date care for your pets.