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What You Need To Know About That FDA Alert
There’s no question that everyone wants what is best for their pet. That’s why it’s easy to panic when the FDA issues alerts about the foods we give our furry friends every day. The recent FDA statement that there may be a link between several grain-free dog foods and heart disease has sent many owners into a tizzy. Of course we are always here to support you and answer your questions in-store, but a little information might at least start to quell the worry.
The FDA’s announcement was not a blanket statement by any means. Their studies focused solely on cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (or DCM). This type of heart disease weakens the heart muscle’s ability to pump blood, which often ultimately leads to congestive heart failure. Some breeds are already genetically prone to this kind of cardiac health issue, regardless of their diet. The President of the American Veterinary Medical Association John de Jong also pointed out that “the F.D.A. has a responsibility that if there are more than five or ten isolated cases [of an issue], that is something to be reported.” Out of the estimated 77 million pet dogs in the United States, there have only been 506 cases of DCM reported that were potentially linked to diet since 2014.
In short, the alert is not an immediate call to toss out the food you give to Fido. Nutrition is a constantly evolving and sometimes imperfect science. At Petwell Supply, we generally recommend foods with the highest quality ingredients and the lowest amount of processing in production. Some pets have allergies or GI issues that require them to have a grain-free diet, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they will develop DCM as a result.
“We’re not saying don’t use these brands, we’re just telling pet owners to work directly with their veterinarians because we’re still investigating,” said Lindsay Haake, a spokesperson for the FDA.
Diet is also not the only factor in your pet’s heart health. Frequent communication and regular check-ups with your veterinarian are always a good idea, but you can also do your part by making sure your pet has proper exercise, weight management, and dental care. For more information, click here to read this blog post! And, of course, if you’re still anxious after all of this talk of cardiac problems, feel free to stop by our store or our website where we sell taurine supplements for overall heart health!
- Petwell Supply Team
DIY Grain-Free Dog Treats
Try these simple, 2 ingredient grain-free treats made with baby food. You will love how easy they are, and your dog will love the taste!
What You'll Need:
- 2 cups chickpea flour
- 8 oz sweet potato baby food
- Silicone tray
- Combine chickpea flour and baby food and mix well
- Fill silicone tray
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
- Store in airtight container
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Foxtail Braid Toy
Does your pup need a fun new toy? Check out this DIY foxtail braid toy that you can make out of an old t-shirt.
What You'll Need:
- Tennis ball
- Cut across an old t-shirt from armpit to armpit
- Cut the torso into two long rectangles
- Cut across seam on both rectangles
- Cut the top half of the shirt into long, thin strips
- Drape the previously cut rectangles over the tennis ball (alternately)
- Pinch shirt pieces at the bottom of tennis ball and tie together with one of the strips
- Braid the rest of the loose fabric and secure end with another strip
- Vanessa Rances
3 Ways to Build Your Pet's Healthy Immune System
Almost every part of your pet’s body plays a role in their immune system, making it a very complex but integral part of their overall wellbeing. Simply put, their immune system is their defense against illness, disease, injury, allergies, infections, and all other ailments. A pet’s weak immune system can manifest in issues with almost any part of their body including skin and coat, GI tract, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and eyes and ears. Therefore, nourishing your pet’s immune system is very important. Here are three easy ways you can help your pet build a healthy immune system:
Diet: Your pet’s diet is the foundation of a healthy immune system and overall healthy body. Some pet foods contain chemicals and other toxins that could potentially damage your pet’s immune system. By providing your pet with a healthy diet that is best suited for them, you can ensure their immune system is receiving the proper vitamins, minerals, and enzymes it needs to stay strong.
Exercise: Exercise not only helps your pet maintain energy levels, but it also helps them reduce stress and maintain weight, which are key factors to a healthy immune system. Overweight pets are more susceptible to certain diseases that require a strong immune system to combat. Stress can take a lot of physical toll on a pet’s body, therefore, weakening their immune system. Exercise is the easiest way for them release hormones that will help them relax due to environmental or emotional stress.
Supplements: There are a lot of great all-natural remedies designed to maintain and boost your pet’s immune system. They are not only great for everyday use in healthy pets, but also to supplement pets who already have immune diseases. Here are our top recommended immune support supplements:
Natural Wonder Primalix Immune Drops: This herbal extract contains Maitake, Reishi, and Shiitake mushrooms, which stimulate the very integral T-cells in a healthy immune system.
Earth Animal Immune Support Drops: This organic herbal blend helps balance the immune system by strengthening cells and organs to guard against common conditions due to stress or weakness in the body.
Herbsmith Support Immunity: Support Immunity enhances the immune response and the immune system by promoting homeostasis and supporting the normal detoxification process, making it a great supplement for stressful situations like boarding, where your pet may be exposed to illness, as well as pets who already have weakened immune systems.
Wholistic Pet Organics Colostrum Powder for Dogs or Cats: Commonly known as “Mother’s Milk,” colostrum is the first nourishment a baby animal receives from its mother’s milk, and is therefore loaded with all-essential antibodies that help protect pet’s from foreign dangers of the environment.
Wondercide Neem Bark Powder: Neem bark is a natural remedy with tons of antioxidants that are essential to a healthy immune system. In addition, neem bark is great for digestion and dental health.
Pet Wellbeing Mushroom Immune GOLD: This medicinal mushroom blend is ideal for pets who have a weakened immune system from cancer. It promotes quick recovery by supporting the body's innate immune mechanisms and reactions to stressors, including cellular stress from the toxins of chemotherapy.
- Vanessa Rances