I have been toying with the idea of transitioning McCoy from Acana as his kibble base to Purina Pro Plan.
The problem that I have is that he does so well on his current diet. His health couldn't be better. I am thinking about giving it a trial run. My "go to" pet supply store does not carry Purina Pro Plan, but every other close by decent pet store does.
Edit to say: He will get another full cardio work up this summer.
I'm having a really hard time with this. I did switch from Acana and I feel good about that decision. Unlike Brandy, Newtie is a picky eater and I finally found a food that he likes in Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost. I see that listed in the dog food brands named most frequently in DCM cases though. That's the the stuff that keeps me up at night. Ugh!
I totally understand, for both of you, and it's really tough. I do know of a couple of Dobermans that had echoes showing early signs of DCM that were eating Acana...they switched to Proplan, and all symptoms resolved. They've had clear echoes ever since. So...it's tough. I don't think Dobermans are immune to whatever's going on. I DO think it's complex, and I don't think it's fully understood yet. I truly, truly wish all of these companies would at least acknowledge that there's a possibility of issues with their food. That they'd start hiring qualified people to work on their formulas....part of my discomfort is the continued denials that it can't possibly be the food, the continued insistence that this is a "conspiracy" by the "bad" food companies (or worse, by veterinarians, the FDA, or all kinds of other crazy things I've heard)....or that it's "only a few dogs" - if it's YOUR dog that's died or is sick, that's pretty awful. Hundreds of dogs are affected, which would certainly be enough for a recall, if it was a situation like salmonella. They just don't yet have a definitive enough answer.
In any case, everyone makes the best decision they can for their own dog. That's all we can do. I'm just sharing the information as I get it, because I think it's worth sharing, and the more we know, the better choices we can make.