PetFoodIndustry.com has published a breakdown of the usage rates of dog food ingredients suspected by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as being correlated with increased risk of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
From the breakdown, at least 12% of all dry dog foods have at least one of the ingredients — peas, chickpeas, lentils, and potatoes — suspected by the FDA as increasing the risk of the development of DCM in dogs. Among grain-free recipes, that number goes up to 50%.
In July, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine released a statement that it was investigating a potential connection between canine diets and the development of canine heart disease. The statement was made after the FDA received several reports of dogs developing DCM. A common link among the reported cases appeared to be diets containing potatoes or legumes, including peas, lentils, and chickpeas. While a causative link between these ingredients and the development of DCM has not been established, the FDA has encouraged pet owners and veterinarians to report any cases of DCM among dogs whose diets contain the suspected ingredients.
For additional details about the suspected ingredients and their incidence rates among dry dog foods, read the full article from PetFoodIndustry.com.