FDA Warns Grain-Free Dog Food Causes Enlarged Heart
Grain-free dog food may be causing your pet to have an enlarged heart to the point of experiencing a congestive heart failure, warns the FDA.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says they’ve received reports of enlarged hearts in dogs that eat grain-free food. The FDA does not name specific dog foods, but identifies them as containing peas, lentils, legumes, or potatoes as main ingredients.
According to the FDA, the reports are unusual because the disease called canine dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM, is occurring in breeds that are not prone to it.
The cause of the link between the food and heart issues is not yet known, but some of the dogs in the reports had low levels of taurine, which is known to lead to DCM.