Federal regulators continue to investigate an increase of dilated cardiomyopathy cases in dogs and cats fed pet foods containing peas, lentils and potatoes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began an investigation in July 2018 after increased reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy occurring in dog breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. Dogs in those reports had been fed pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients, leading veterinarians, researchers and the FDA to suspect a link between diet and DCM.
During the last decade many pet food manufacturers have included these plant proteins in their formulations. They are cheaper than quality animal protein sources and enabled manufacturers to capitalize on the grain free pet food trend.
Today, the FDA released a warning to veterinarians and pet owners about reports of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating pet foods that contained peas, lentils, legume seeds, or potatoes as the main ingredients. It is not yet known how these ingredients are linked to cases of DCM. RELATED: Scientists Confirm the Harm in Feeding Raw Pet Foods
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Grain-free food may be linked to dog heart disease: health authority ... "We know it can be devastating to suddenly learn that your previously healthy pet has a potentially life-threatening disease like DCM," Steven Solomon, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine said in a statement.