Article written by associates (Dr. Megan Glaser and Dr. Amy Vlazny) at the hospital of Dr. Scott’s classmate, Janis Shinkawa.
Many of you may have heard that the FDA recently released a report investigating a possible link between grain free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that leads to reduced pumping ability of the heart and increase heart size, which can lead to congestive heart failure and/or sudden death.
The chart the FDA released lists the brands of food most commonly fed to reported dogs who developed DCM that was believed to be diet related. The largest concerns surround diets which use peas or other legumes as a main ingredient, but there is still a lot to learn.
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A note from Dr. Scott:
The FDA has released only the list of known grain-free diets linked with heart disease, but we advise against feeding ANY grain-free diet.