What's In This Dog Food? (image)
Recent studies show that if peas, potatoes, and lentils are among the main ingredients in dog food, they can contribute to serious heart disease in dogs and the FDA has alerted pet food manufacturers of this issue.
Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) used to be most common in large dogs, such as Great Danes, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Saint Bernards and Doberman Pinschers, but since more and more manufactured dog foods are grain-free, the incidence of DCM in smaller breeds has increased.
Simply explained, it's because there are not enough meat, fish, or poultry sources in some of these foods to provide enough protein that is necessary for proper heart functioning. It is especially the lack of taurine, an amino acid naturally formed by cysteine and methionine present in animal sources, that is responsible for a normally functioning heart.
Trudog dog food has a very high percentage of meat proteins!
If our dogs are not getting high enough concentrations of protein, that can lead to a weakened heart muscle, one not adequately able to pump blood through the body. This can eventually cause an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure. Signs that your dog may have DCM include: decreased energy, a cough, difficulty breathing, and episodes of collapse. These signs are of serious concern and, if present, you should take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.
Though the FDA has alerted pet food companies of these medical concerns, as of this writing, there have been no pet foods recalled because of the issues raised. The best you can do right now is:
1) Check the percentage of animal protein in your dog's wet and dry food. Most pet food labels contain the percentage of protein, but do not break down the percent of protein from animal sources. If specific information is not accessible, write to the company.
2) Animal protein should be listed among the top 5 or 6 ingredients in your dog's food.
3) Check out Lady Bee's Top 5+ Dog Foods For 2018 for dog foods highest in animal protein.