CONCERNS REGARDING GRAIN-FREE AND "EXOTIC INGREDIENT" DOG FOOD In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported concerns regarding a possible connection between grain-free and so-called "exotic ingredient" dog foods and a type of canine heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). While this subject is still being investigated, an article published that year in the Journal of the American Medical Association ("Diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs: what do we know?" by Lisa M. Freedman, DVM,et al), these specialized diets may be linked to DCM in dogs. According to the article, dog foods that use lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits to the exclusion of grains, may put dogs' health at risk.

Archive for September, 2015

Visit the Purrfect Paws table on Pet Appreciation Day at Tractor Supply! Enter our free raffles for cat and dog baskets full of toys, treats, and handy pet supplies! Saturday, September 19th from 10am - 2pm. Tractor Supply is located at 1040 Somerset Blvd. in Charles Town, just off Rt. 340, behind Sheetz.

This is a topic of great interest to most of the pet parents I know. If it's not keeping you up at night or giving you a headache every time you shop for pet food, congratulations! There are many wonderful, and not so wonderful, choices out there! How to choose?? The VERY BEST rule of thumb I have learned after many years of good and bad experiences is, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL! What works well for one dog,...

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