Posted on Nov 9, 2018

Little Tokyo Pet Clinic

New reports from pet owners and veterinary cardiologists may link grain-free boutique dog food brands to increased cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a serious heart disease that can lead to congestive heart failure, The Washington Post reports.

DCM is primarily believed to be a genetic disease, most commonly found in giant dog breeds and Cocker Spaniels, but reports arose of small- and medium-sized dogs (including Retrievers, Whippets, a Shih Tzu, a Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzers, and mixed breeds) being diagnosed in recent years. The common thread between each home was the grain-free food their dogs ate.

The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert this July, notifying pet owners and veterinarians of the reports. According to the alert, DCM was being diagnosed in dogs with grain-free diets “containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients.”
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