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PLEASE BEWARE OF FEEDING BOUTIQUE GRAIN-FREE FOODS WITH LEGUMES & POTATOES (PEAS, LENTILS, CHICKPEAS, FAVA BEANS, POTATOES/SWEET POTATOES, ETC.), THESE FOODS ARE STRONGLY LINKED TO NUTRITIONAL DCM (HEART DISEASE) IN DOGS, SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFORMATION. THE FDA IS INVESTIGATING.

 

Check the expiration date when you purchase the food. BUY SMALL BAGS, the food is fresher plus it gives the dog more variety! 

These are my opinions gathered from my experience over many years of showing, breeding & loving dogs. I am not a veterinarian. If your dog has a health issue, please check with your vet.

 

Among various high end brands of ‘complete & balanced’ diets there may be quite different levels of nutrients, vitamins & minerals. If you always feed the same food, or different varieties of the same brand, any nutritional deficiencies or excesses in that food will have an effect on your dog over time. This is why I recommend changing BRANDS every time you buy a small new bag of food. Repeatedly feeding the same food can also cause food allergies. Imagine if you ate the exact same meal (only the very best food, of course!) three times a day for weeks, months, even years. This is what we are asking our dogs to do when we never change their food. I change food (brand) every time a bag is empty (usually about once a month). My dogs never have diarrhea or get sick when I introduce a new food; one day the bag is empty, the next day their bowls contain the new food. The more you change dog foods, the stronger the digestive system becomes. If you feed just one type of food all the time, the gut produces a very limited variety of bacteria and digestive enzymes. When you change food often (with every small bag), the gut is healthier because the good bacteria and digestive enzymes become more varied. I list the foods I'm rotating through below the links to DCM articles.

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I add ProZyme (digestive enzyme) to every single meal.  

 

This informative article by board-certified veterinary nutritionist Rebecca Remillard makes clear why feeding trials are so important.

https://www.cliniciansbrief.com/article/top-5-pet-food-protein-principles?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Clinician%27s%20Brief%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=Online%20190801&oly_enc_id=6890G2421578C4A&fbclid=IwAR1PXgDDfq4S0LkUtdr9MBz2VkWkHggY4WPH7C5JNcQ7_In4T3pmK3cXsv0



Email me at diademchis@juno.com


IMPORTANT new information about GRAIN-FREE DOG FOODS!

In the past few months dogs fed grain-free foods have been DYING from heart failure (DCM--Dilated Cardiomyopathy). Apparently the legumes such as garbanzos/chickpeas, lentils, peas, Fava beans, potatoes/sweet potatoes, etc. BLOCK the dog's body from absorbing taurine. Many dogs eating these foods are developing heart disease, the FDA has issued a warning (see link below). If the heart disease is caught early enough and the food is switched back to 'normal' grain-inclusive foods, the heart disease can be reversed. If you are interested in learning more about the connection between grain-free boutique dog foods and dilated cardiomyopathy, please check out this Facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1952593284998859/
There are hundreds of vets, cardiologists, vet nutritionists & breeders on this page with many files, documents & charts with more information, including foods linked to DCM. 

June 27, 2019 FDA's latest update, NAMING dog food varieties. Please, if you still insist on feeding these foods, take your dog to the vet for a heart check-up!

https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy?fbclid=IwAR3uzKoNKMTqsrBXRUisXCugaAedtpg5SV8Rmp2m4mBhfxUXcdgJDwApN4Y#diet

 

 7-9-19 Interview with Dr. Joshua Stern, vet cardiologists/genetecist who discovered nutritional DCM

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/4121252-researcher-possible-connection-between-diet-and-canine-heart-disease-is-reversible/?fbclid=IwAR14Wz7xTnIpsdoMCI4z537E4xkg_tZ4bhysIpBxB3R-SJJWt1L0JR6SWa8

 

News video, dog with nutritional DCM May 2019

https:/https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/05/02/fda-warns-pet-diets-heart-problems/?fbclid=IwAR1MriMKf-QGnJU_IdooU5BP6dky6PN2kzSZ2Q03bkbeOO6Hgd-gHZbPEe0/denver.cbslocal.com/2019/05/02/fda-warns-pet-diets-heart-problems/?fbclid=IwAR1MriMKf-QGnJU_IdooU5BP6dky6PN2kzSZ2Q03bkbeOO6Hgd-gHZbPEe0

 

Illinois College of Vet Medicine Oct. 2018

https://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/dcm-canine-heart-disease-boutique-diets/?fbclid=IwAR3hoEK0BtzyCKIaYHPKpgOhyt755jENQlprXXYdjFggUONBPAUqsR-7OVQ

UC Davis vet interview re: grain-free/heart disease:

https://www.facebook.com/TVOlivia/videos/320378325205221/?hc_location=ufi

   

Here's a fabulous article on how feeding grain-free exotic foods has been linked to canine heart disease:

 

And an article by Dr. Stern in the JAVMA:  

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/JAVMA_DA-DCM.pdf?token=AWx-6bsktu-6udCAG25P4YVk3uc3Z8ZYh93jKHxhqsgA2_7AS6sobs2hVjkjiLQc3w8SD252utLTBu1BeZPf4N0cQGNx4UPk2y7SFm8rxGlRGuSjUgxRYOTuE3lmolGn0oqTduMT5TnXU_vCP9fgYLd9wAEIzI2Ab15zFSce7S7qKA

 

There are a ton of food questions answered on this page (by vets):

https://taurinedcm.org/taurine-dcm-faq/?fbclid=IwAR3cfGXYr3mCaz95ITm4dnGQO-7brFmUIY00A8FuIe-pddgmTIKftJQIU

 

And the FDA warning regarding grain-free foods & Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM):

https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/newsevents/cvmupdates/ucm613305.htm?fbclid=IwAR3PYRQF51Hde-r9m5ByOMBKJSmlC_w3I_oYT_-K9BveeDP3KvhF4iB29EQ

 

FDA update 2-15-2019

https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/7887-fda-asks-pet-food-industry-for-dcm-related-information?fbclid=IwAR3eL-9h0qf8vDVFy-PqSytZk6Ugvuu-L5xDTi16VWSG5STt8Jj6v_EpZYE

 

FDA update 2-19-19

https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm630991?fbclid=IwAR0lUvzdBOFOtrSrJ_4B54VaGTY2Suo-FDDdxckVqGDiQ8ZpY_9-JGbLDYY

 and a list of ingredients related to DCM (FDA document, 2-19-19):

https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/ucm630993.htm?fbclid=IwAR0cfKw213Pw_Tk5pc_x6ltVBfZAXgCPwqYG3H1XRc2mORK73P8d0boiUY0#diet

 

News article March 2019

https://www.wmar2news.com/matterformallory/dog-diagnosed-with-heart-disease-after-being-fed-grain-free-diet?fbclid=IwAR1X4GcstuNA5h_RUuGobAVEHsF62NFh1F144mW12OxojI1wf6DlNFkyX6s

Another article, Jan. 2019 

https://slate.com/technology/2019/01/stop-buying-grain-free-food-for-your-pets.html?fbclid=IwAR0loB5p_5WkoM0AEllHarnFS1gqCVE21dsskVELwum6WoJZl5ONIAbeAaQhttps://slate.com/technology/2019/01/stop-buying-grain-free-food-for-your-pets.html?fbclid=IwAR0loB5p_5WkoM0AEllHarnFS1gqCVE21dsskVELwum6WoJZl5ONIAbeAaQ

 

Excellent page with information about Taurine & grain-free:  

https://taurinedcm.org/taurine-dcm-faq/?fbclid=IwAR0PVfHlFIgRgQUG20b1Cb3n8kOmnqZesWFLg-DZ-HqXYrIUc4_lb9zvpwA

 

Are dogs truly allergic to many foods? Interesting information from Tufts Vets School:

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2017/01/food-allergies/

 


For the evening meal the dogs get about 1 tsp. of various high-end canned foods mixed over dinner (always with hot water added so the food is not fed dry--imagine eating a box of crackers without drinking a drop!). 

 

 

Dinner is also when they are given their NuVet vitamin (1/2 per dog) www.nuvet.com/62539

 
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This was taken from the Briard breed column June, 2011 AKC Gazette: 
The Value of Kefir:
A 10-month-old Briard with a severe case of hip dysplasia had a TPO (triple pelvic osteotomy--cutting the hip, rotating the acetabulum & inserting a stainless steel plate) performed. When he went in for his 4-week follow-up X-rays, the vet was astounded that the dog had grown as much bone as most dogs produce in 10-12 weeks after surgery. After much discussion, the owners & vet concluded that the rapid regrowth of bone was due to the dog being fed kefir as a treat. At the 8-week post-op X-ray, the dog had completely boned in, even the steel was covered with bone. The vet was so impressed that he told other clients to also give their recovering dogs kefir & these clients had the same results.
 
[There were no amounts given in the article, sorry! This may be a great addition to any dog's diet, especially if they are having bone issue. My dogs LOVE this stuff! Just a teaspoon or so on their food!!]

RECOMMENDED DRY DOG FOODS:

Following are some of the dry dog foods I feed (including the variety I use) along with their web sites; in no particular order. Yes, these foods are more expensive than low-end brands. You will pay more each month, but feeding low quality foods will increase your vet bills in the long run to much more than the extra cost of high quality foods when the body breaks down from poor nutrition.  Protein/fat levels are in parentheses. I avoid all foods with pork, peas. all legumes, potatoes/sweet potatoes, & canola oil (many of these can be found online):

 

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Royal Canin Small Breed (puppy formula if the dog is under a year old)

 (NOT the Chihuahua formula, that formula, as well as some, has SOY--BAD for dogs) http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/130/4/745

 800-582-6687  

www.royalcanin.us/    Petsmart, Chewy.com

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 Pro Plan Sport Performance Salmon 30/20 (All Life Stages)

OR

Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20 (chicken or salmon variety)

OR

Pro Plan Focus Small Breed (chicken)

OR

Purina Pro Plan Sport Turkey/Barley All Life Stages (27/17)

https://www.proplan.com/dog 

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Eukanuba Small Breed

http://www.eukanuba.com/

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above photo: Glitter smiling (Dazzle x Sizzle)
 
 
 
 

Canned foods:

Merrick, Evangers, Spot’s Stew, Canine Caviar,  Innova, Newman's Own, some Solid Gold, etc. I use a variety--chicken, turkey, very occasionally beef, venison, some lamb, never pork. NO canned foods with peas, chickpeas, lentils, Fava beans, potatoes/sweet potatoes, or any legumes of any sort (please see info on DCM).

 

 

Chocolate & Tan Havanese

 

 

Remember, healthy dogs take vitamins, too!!   www.nuvet.com/62539


When you bring a new puppy or adult home, it is very important for the dog to drink water during the first few days before it is used to your routine. Often they forget to drink enough or get busy with all the excitement or don't know where the water bowl is during the adjustment time. When they don't drink enough, they get constipated, when they get constipated, they can become toxic and go 'down' very quickly.  This is another reason to add hot water over their kibble meals (completely cover the kibble) along with a teaspoon of canned food, pureed veggies, scrambled eggs, or other topping to make a gravy.

Please use stainless steel or ceramic or glass for food and water dishes. Plastic and aluminum change the chemical balance and react with the food and can cause a loss of pigment on the nose of some dogs. The plastic used to make dog dishes is not food grade like that made for human use.

Havanese puppy

For dogs with IBD, HGE, severe food allergies, chronic digestive issues, etc, I thought I'd pass this on. Warning, this is gross. There is an article in the Feb. 2018 Whole Dog Journal about fecal transplants. It has helped many humans with C. diff colitis become totally cured. Now some vets are using it with dogs. Dr. Jean Dodds has studied it & recommends it. You can google 'FMT Therapy for dogs.' The article says some vets have used FMT for (dog) liver failure, kidney failure, allergies, Addison's, Cushing's, MRSA, IBD, etc. Here are some web sites www.animalbiome.com and www.thefecaltransplantfoundation.org and www.thepowerofpoop.com and the Dr. Jean Dodds article: drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/page/27 (there was no 'www' or '.com' in the article)

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