FDA Warn that Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Dog Heart Disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns pet owners that dog food without grain can increase the risk of heart disease.

In this case, the U.S federal agency is investigating the condition after numerous cases of a condition known as DCM or dilated cardiomyopathy have been related to such food.

The disease is more common in giant dogs, according to the FDA. But lately, other dogs have been affected, such as bulldog and Golden Labrador Retrievers.

“The first reports from veterinary cardiology society show that affected dogs always ate foods that contain lentils, peas, potatoes and other legumes as key components in the basic source of their nutrition for periods of time ranging from months to years,” explained by Food and Drug Administration earlier this month.

He added that non-grain pet foods often contain "peas, lentils, other legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients." This food is often advertised with a label that specifically says "no grain."

According to Lisa Freeman, a US-base veterinarian in an article, she explained that "DCM" is a "serious heart disease" that causes the heart to expand as well as weakens the heartbeats.

Lisa explained that non-grained pet food seems to grow as a fad diet for animals, but in reality, there is no evidence to show that it is better.

“While grain has been blamed for causing almost all known dogs disease, grains do not contribute to any health problems and are used in pet foods as a rich source of vitamins, protein, and minerals.” Lisa wrote on a blog manage by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

In a discussion with Global News, Patricia Alderson, of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Society, explained that all dietary changes should be made after consultation.

“There is not a single diet suitable for every dog breed." Alderson said People should talk to veterinarians.”
She added that pet owners should be careful when it comes to fad diets, such as giving raw food to pets.

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