CONCERNS REGARDING GRAIN-FREE AND "EXOTIC INGREDIENT" DOG FOOD In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported concerns regarding a possible connection between grain-free and so-called "exotic ingredient" dog foods and a type of canine heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). While this subject is still being investigated, an article published that year in the Journal of the American Medical Association ("Diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs: what do we know?" by Lisa M. Freedman, DVM,et al), these specialized diets may be linked to DCM in dogs. According to the article, dog foods that use lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits to the exclusion of grains, may put dogs' health at risk.
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