Certain dog food ingredients linked to heart disease

Early reports suggest that for periods ranging from months to years, these dogs' main source of nutrition were foods with peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as their main ingredients, the FDA said.

At this time, no specific dog food brands are being recalled in connection with this.

A dog approaches a bowl of kibble in Princeton, Illinois, on August. 3, 2017. The FDA issued a warning to pet owners that certain ingredients in pet food might cause canine heart disease.

Found typically in larger breeds of dogs like Great Danes and Newfoundlands, canine dilated cacdiomypatohy enlarges the heart, thus weakening it and often leading to heart failure.

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Pet owners are encouraged to report cases of DCM in dogs if they believe it was linked to their diet.

The FDA said it is contacting pet food manufacturing companies and veterinarians about this potential link.

The FDA said it's concerned about recently reported cases of DCM in Golden and Labrador Retrievers, a Whippet, a Shih Tzu, a Bulldog, Miniature Schnauzers, and mixed breeds. The agency provides online guidance on how to report on pet food problems.

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