Last July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating the potential association between reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and certain pet foods the animals consumed, containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients. Canine DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and often results in congestive heart failure. In cases that are not linked to genetics, heart function may improve with appropriate veterinary treatment and dietary modification if caught early."
With the rise in availability and use of grain-free diets, we wanted to share the FDA's findings concerning these types of food. We will continue to follow this research and share any new information as it becomes available. You can read more about the FDA's investigation here.
For more information aboout the risks associated with grain-free diets, check out this article published by the Veterinary Information Network (VIN).
If you're concerned about your pet's diet or want to talk to a veterinarian about what type of food may be best for your pet, please feel free to call us at (262) 241-4884 to schedule an appointment. We'd be more than happy to help.