The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a statement that it has been made aware of more than 70 dogs that have died and 80 that have become ill after consuming Sportmix pet food. The cause of this is believed to be aflatoxin, a toxin that can grow in corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. As a result, the FDA has issued a recall for several brands of dog food. Veterinarians have linked the deaths and illnesses to the diet of the dogs, with 16 brands of dog food being associated with an increased risk of heart failure.
The FDA is not suggesting that pet owners stop feeding their dogs particular brands, but some veterinarians are already advising against grain-free foods. Most of the reports were associated with dry dog food formulations, but included raw food, semi-moist food, and wet food. The FDA has also learned that more than 70 dogs have died and another 80 have become ill after consuming contaminated food. The family had a second dog that looked healthy, but because both were eating a grain-free dog food, Gelzer suggested bringing the second dog in for review.
At least 28 dogs have died and eight others have fallen ill after eating dog food that contained high levels of a toxin called aflatoxin. The FDA is currently investigating more than 500 reports that appear to link dog foods that are marketed as grain-free with canine dilated cardiomyopathy. Gelzer isn't sure what the results will be if those early-stage dogs switch to a different food. The FDA has also expanded its recall of dog food brands that have too much vitamin D, which could make your pet sick.
It is important for pet owners to be aware of the potential risks associated with certain types of pet food. If you are concerned about your pet's diet, it is best to consult with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is receiving the proper nutrition. Additionally, it is important to check for recalls on pet food regularly to ensure your pet's safety.