The FDA (The US Food and Drug Administration agency) is investigating the correlation between specific diets and the occurrence of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Representatives from the agency are warning veterinary professionals and pet owners that there might be a connection between DCM and foods that contain peas, lentils, legume seeds in general, or potatoes as one of the main ingredients.

This potential association of these ingredients and the heart condition is investigated by CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA) and The Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network.

This disease is with an unknown cause but is believed that it has a genetic component, and that large and giant dog breeds are more likely to be affected. There are fewer know cases in small or miniature breeds.

The FDA decided to investigate because there have been reports of DCM in dog breeds that are not usually prone to this condition, breeds like Labradors, Whippets, and Miniature Schnauzers.

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