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Food Hygiene News - July 26, 2019 Edition     Grain Free and DCM What is DCM, and why is it linked to grain-free food? Read our blog for more information. https://balancedblends.com/blogs/updates/grain-free-dcm-taurine-deficiency-and-you   UPDATE: Pig ear recall continues to claim victims A few weeks ago, we talked about the pig ears recall due to salmonella contamination. At this point, 93 people from 27 states are infected with salmonella, and 20 are hospitalized. If you’ve got pig ears at home for your doggos, you should probably toss them. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/pet-treats-07-19/index.html   Dogs overheating in cars (even with AC on)  We’ve spoken about how...

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The terms “grain-free”, “taurine deficiency”, and “DCM” are referenced often in the realm of pet food, but what do they mean for us and our furfams? In this article we shall explain the origins of these issues and the exposure to risk they present. Please note that Balanced Blends' recipes are not, and have never been, impacted by the issues described below.   Grain Free NOTE: Under investigation are the species inappropriate 'grain-free alternatives' that are being used, which have been linked to serious health issues, and death. "Grain-free" pet food diets do not commonly refer to diets such as raw that...

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Background On June 27th, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided its third status report1 in its investigation into the potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease – specifically dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In July 2018, the FDA first announced an investigation into the potential correlation between diets containing “peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients”2.   “To date, the FDA has not established why certain diets may be associated with the development of DCM in some dogs. In the meantime, and before making diet changes, pet owners should work directly with...

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