Pet food could cause health issue in dogs

Desiree Burns
July 14, 2018

You may want to check the dog food in your pantry.

The government agency is investigating a potential link between pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds and instances of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs not typically vulnerable to the disease.

A dog approaches a bowl of kibble in Princeton, Illinois, on August.

A warning from the Food and Drug Administration.

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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. If caught early, veterinary treatment and changes to the animal's diet can help improve heart function in cases that are not genetically linked. "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.

Experts suspect that the disease could be caused from a deficiency of taurine, an amino acid that is essential for carnivores.

The FDA said it's concerned about recently reported cases of DCM in Golden and Labrador Retrievers, a Whippet, a Shih Tzu, a Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzers, and mixed breeds.

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