Pet Foods Potentially Linked to Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Pet Foods Potentially Linked to Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

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.

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