The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned of a possible connection between the consumption of pet foods containing, lentils, legume seeds, peas, or potatoes as the primary ingredient and the development of Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).
The warning comes after the FDA received a number of reports of DCM in dogs who had been fed diets of pet foods containing the ingredients. According to the FDA, the reports are particularly unusual in that the affected dogs are of breeds not known for typically developing DCM.
The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network are currently investigating the association to determine if the link is causative in nature. While the dietary connection is one of the biggest leads in the investigation, laboratory reports also indicated that the affected dogs had abnormally low levels of taurine in their blood — a risk factor for DCM.
While the FDA investigates the association, pet owners and veterinarians are urged to report any suspected cases of DCM via the FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal.