Heart disease and your pet's diet.

Posted: 7/11/2019

Given the recent concerns with some dogs developing heart disease that seems to be associated with “boutique” grain-free diets and diets with uncommon protein sources (such as lamb, kangaroo, etc.) we recommend that your pet is fed a diet that is NOT included in one of these categories.  
We also recommend that the protein source be a common, well-studied one like beef, chicken or turkey and avoid diets that have lentils or peas as a main ingredient.  In general, we endorse selecting a diet from a reputable company with veterinary nutritionists on staff that formulate the diets and perform food trials (such as Hill’s/Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina; these are companies that follow the WSAVA guidelines). 

More information can be found at https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy and http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/22018/11/dcm-update/

Please call us directly to talk to our veterinarians if you have any questions or concerns.