Pet Foods Lead to Heart Disease
When evaluating reports, it was found that many of the affected dogs had been fed what are known as BEG diets (Boutique diets, may contain Exotic ingredients, and many are Grain Free).
Diets marked as being problematic usually contain peas, lentils, legume seeds, or potatoes, and those ingredients are listed in the top several on the ingredient list. It is not yet known how these ingredients play a role in DCM.
Pet owners want to feed their pets the best foods out there. And there are so many pet foods on the market. Many have excellent marketing complete with commercials that make you want to feed their food. Others have well-known people associated with them. However, this doesn’t mean they are the best food for your pet.
When choosing a pet food, you want to choose a food that is approved by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. WSAVA has a list of criteria food companies must pass to be approved. Brands approved include Purina, Hill’s, Royal Canin, Iams, and Eukanuba. These brands have veterinary nutritionists on staff and have done a lot of research behind the science of their food to ensure it is well-balanced and good for the pet. None of these brands have been reported in the dietary history of dogs diagnosed with nutritional DCM.
If your pet is eating a diet that has been named as causing nutritional heart disease, please talk with your veterinarian. Is there another diet that your pet could switch to? Should your pet’s heart be further evaluated?