UC Davis discovery: grain free diet linked to heart disease in dogs

Link Between Dog Diet and Heart Disease: Information Resources

UC Davis veterinary cardiologist Dr. Joshua Stern led a team of researchers that has found a link between some popular grain-free, legume-rich dog diets and a type of nutritional deficiency and canine heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy. The FDA took notice and issued warnings about the potential connection.

Below are several resources for pet owners to gather more information on this discovery:

Dogs Fed Some Popular Diets Could Be at Risk of Heart Disease – UC Davis news release

“Taurine deficiency and dilated cardiomyopathy in golden retrievers fed commercial diets” research paperPLOS ONE

FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease – FDA

FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy – FDA

Additional Information on Dilated Cardiomyopathy – UC Davis Veterinary Medicine

Researcher: Possible Connection Between Diet And Canine Heart Disease Is Reversible – KPIX-TV (CBS San Francisco)

WEB EXTRA: Dog Owners Crowdsource Clues In Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy Mystery – KPIX-TV (CBS San Francisco)

After FDA Warning About Grain-free Pet Food, What's Safe to Feed Our Pets? – NBC News

Your Dog May Be at Risk for Developing Heart Disease Based on Their Food, FDA SaysUSA Today

F.D.A. Names 16 Brands of Dog Food That May Be Linked to Canine Heart DiseaseNew York Times

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