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FDA Updates on Heart Disease in Dogs

FDA Updates on Heart Disease in Dogs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated announcement on February 19, 2019 about the possible link between certain diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM; a form of heart disease) in dogs. DCM can be associated with a deficiency of the amino acid, taurine. At this time, it is believed that dogs do not need…

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Articles Circulating about Heart Disease in Dogs

Articles currently circulating state that grain-free dog foods cause the heart disease condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs due to a taurine deficiency. These articles fail to paint a clear picture, and are biased and misleading because they largely ignore prior scientific research studies into taurine deficiency and DCM. Our Unequivocal Statement: No independent survey or scientific research has…

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FDA Issues Warning about Flea and Tick Products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on September 20, 2018 about the isoxazoline flea and tick products fluralaner for dogs and cats (Bravecto®), afoxalaner for dogs (Nexgard®), and saroloner for dogs (Simparica®). The recently introduced isoxazoline, lotilaner (Credelio®) for dogs falls into this same class. Dogs and cats with no known prior medical history of muscle…

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Dodds Responds to FDA Statement on Canine Heart Disease, Taurine Deficiency and Potential Dietary Causes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on July 12, 2018 that it is investigating a possible connection between grain-free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is also known as canine heart disease (CHD). We address the FDA’s statement later in this article and provide our commentary. First, we must consider the many factors that need to…

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