Since the Food and Drug Administration first issued a warning that grain-free dog foods may cause heart damage to pets, more than 200 dogs have died from the condition.
According to NBC News, scientists are still trying to find the actual connection and cause why grain-free foods cause potentially fatal canine dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM. They believe the source may be the ingredients dog food manufacturers have included in their products to replace the grains.
“Most of the diets associated with the reports of non-hereditary DCM have legume seed ingredients, also called pulses,” said FDA spokesperson Monique Richards. She added that foods such as peas and lentils were often in the ingredients list.
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