Dog heart disease linked to grain-free food, FDA says

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 14, 2018

Without naming specific dog food brands, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on Thursday, cautioning that kibble that contains peas, lentils or other legumes, or potatoes as the main ingredients could lead to canine heart problems.

"Diets in cases reported to the FDA frequently list potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other "pulses" (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients", the FDA said.

The condition, called canine dilated cardiomyopathy, is more common in certain breeds, but it's turning up in breeds that are not usually susceptible, the FDA said.

Some symptoms include lower energy, cough, and difficulty breathing. The condition can be fatal.

You may want to check the dog food in your pantry. The Labrador retriever is recovering under veterinary treatment, including taurine supplementation and a change in diet.

FDA has contacted pet food manufacturers to discuss the reports and to help further the investigation.

Large dogs such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Saint Bernards and Doberman Pinschers have a genetic risk for canine DCM, a disease of the heart muscle that often leads to congestive heart failure.

In June 2017, Dr. Joshua Stern, associate professor of cardiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis, alerted the veterinary community to reports of DCM in golden retrievers that were taurine-deficient.

The FDA encourages pet owners and veterinary professionals to report cases of DCM in dogs suspected of having a link to diet by using the electronic Safety Reporting Portal or calling their state's FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

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