We are so excited that Roxy Sue was finally able to go home after 4 days in the ICU. Roxy Sue is only 3 years old and was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) most likely dietary related. She has been eating Kirkland Grain Free diet and developed coughing a week ago. She went to a local ER that took x-rays that showed a severely enlarged heart and fluid in her lungs. The ER immediately transferred her to EVS for further testing and treatment with our cardiology service. Roxy Sue responded well to heart failure treatment but then unfortunately developed pancreatitis, and required additional intensive treatment and hospitalization. Her wonderful personality and family pulled through and she was finally able to go home with a pep in her step and lots of tail wags. Her housemate was also screened and had mild changes concerning the same issue. Her owners had no idea about the current concerns about grain-free diets and are working hard to share her story.
The day that Roxy Sue was getting ready to leave, Haus presented for the same problem and was on Earthborn Grain Free diet (he was feeling less sick than Roxy so we had a hard time getting a good picture of him!). Please be aware of this serious issue — and despite claims on the food websites, this issue is real! We are seeing cases every week. 🙁 For more information on choosing foods safe for your pet check out our grain-free handout here. For more information on the FDA investigation into grain-free diets please review: https://www.fda.gov/…/fda-investigation-potential-link-betw….