The FDA has started an investigation into the possible relationship between some foods and canine heart disease. According to the study, ninety percent of the foods identified were “grain-free” and contained no wheat, corn, or soy. Eighty-three percent of the diets contained legumes and peas. However, sweet potatoes were not identified in any of the studies.
Canine for heart disease cases
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are 77 million pets in the United States. There is no evidence that all of them are at risk for dilated cardiomyopathy. Still, there is a clear trend in the incidence of canine heart disease, and the F.D.A. has a responsibility to report more than five cases of the condition. And while the association is not definitive, it’s still something to watch out for.
Such changes work with the quality of life of the dog
The study examined 800 compounds and determined that peas are a significant contributor to canine heart disease. While the FDA does not think that all foods containing peas may be the culprit, it has suggested dietary changes to reduce the incidence of canine heart disease. But no one is sure whether such changes will lead to any improvements in the quality of life of dogs. They have yet to request a recall from any food brand.