A recent report released by the FDA revealed that they are currently investigating a possible link between dogs diet and a heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart contracts poorly due to weakened heart muscles. In some cases it can lead to heart failure.
The FDA has informed the public that there could be a diet correlation due to a higher incidence of DCM in breeds not usually affected by the condition. Some breeds are genetically predisposed and this form is manageable but irreversible. DCM conditions related to diet are reversible.
Grain free diets, highly processed dry food as well as legumes and potatoes have all been mentioned as possible links. Previous studies have also shown that a deficiency in taurine can cause DCM. Taurine is an amino acid that dogs can produce when two other essential amino acids are present. These essential amino acids are available in dog foods with high quality meat sources or from dog foods with a taurine supplement.
Many dog foods have some form of legumes in their ingredients since they are nutritionally important but legumes should not be a main source of protein. With so many dog food options available today it is important for dog owners to be able to differentiate which foods are made with high quality ingredients and their content value. For example, a diet that includes a small amount of whole legumes mixed with other fresh ingredients along with a high quality meat is going to be healthier than a diet with large proportions of legumes or legume by-products.
It could be some time before the FDA’s investigation is complete. Until more information becomes available consider what type of food you are feeding your pet and decide whether it is time for a change. Bark Gourmet provides a fresh food made with wholesome ingredients cooked in a manner that preserves its nutrients. Our foods have been formulated by a veterinary nutritionist to ensure that it is a complete and balanced meal with all the nutrients your dog needs. We want your dog to be healthy AND enjoy what they are eating too!