Heart Disease in Dogs May be Tied to Certain Foods

At this time, no specific dog food brands are being recalled in connection with this.

You may want to check the label on your dog's food!

Food based on peas, lentils, or potatoes is being linked to canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or enlarged hearts.

The FDA said the condition is turning up in breeds that do not usually get it.

A warning from the Food and Drug Administration.

Found typically in larger breeds of dogs like Great Danes and Newfoundlands, canine dilated cacdiomypatohy enlarges the heart, thus weakening it and often leading to heart failure. "Highly unusual" reports of these dogs contracting the disease prompted the FDA to investigate their food sources, which, the agency notes, largely contained those certain ingredients.

"The FDA is investigating the potential link between DCM and these foods".

The government agency launched an investigation after noticing atypical cases of the disease in breeds that are not genetically susceptible, including golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and miniature schnauzers, as well as mixed breeds.

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