Dog foods may cause heart disease

The United States Food and Drug Administration said certain dog foods may cause a disease that thins the walls of dogs’ hearts, leading to death.

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The United States Food and Drug Administration said certain dog foods may cause a disease that thins the walls of dogs’ hearts, leading to death.

All of the named brands advertise that they contain no grains, but 93 per cent of them contain peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans or sweet potatoes.

Canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is a disease that causes the muscle wall of a dog’s heart to thin, weakening the organ and making it harder to pump blood.

Congestive heart failure, a build-up of fluid in the chest and abdomen, can result. Affected dogs may seem tired, lose weight and suddenly collapse.

The brands identified by the Food and Drug Administration include:

  • Acana
  • Zignature
  • Taste of the Wild
  • 4Health
  • Earthborn Holistic
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Nature’s Domai
  • Fromm
  • Merrick
  • California Natural
  • Natural Balance
  • Orijen
  • Nature’s Variety
  • NutriSource
  • Nutro
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish

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