A dog’s lifespan is too short for most every dog lover – but what if you discovered that the food you were feeding your beloved pet was actually shortening his or her lifespan even more? The FDA recently issued a warning about certain ingredients which are linked to canine heart disease – a condition which can impact a dog’s lifespan.
What the FDA research shows about pet food
As a conscientious dog owner, what should you be on the lookout for when purchasing food for your pet? In a warning issued on July 12, the FDA outlines the foods to watch for:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating the potential association between reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and certain pet foods the animals consumed, containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients.”
What canine health condition are veterinarians concerned about?
The FDA states:
“Canine DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and often results in congestive heart failure. In cases that are not linked to genetics, heart function may improve with appropriate veterinary treatment and dietary modification if caught early.”
“Early reports from the veterinary cardiology community indicate that the impacted dogs consistently ate foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients in their primary source of nutrition for time periods ranging from months to years. That’s why the FDA is conducting an investigation into this potential link.”
Read the full report about the potential dangers of certain pet food ingredients at this link to the FDA warning.
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