A recent FDA alert about the possible connection between grain free diets and heart disease has been posted. Of course, pet owners have tons of questions about it. The main concern is that certain categories of dog foods may inadvertently contribute to heart disease by interfering with the body’s utilization of Taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that is vital to heart function. Taurine deficiency is well-documented as a potential cause of heart disease, but it is not the only cause. Nutritional makeup of the main ingredients listed, how dogs process them, and the amount used could be involved.
Some facts that we do know are that there seems to be a correlation between the following foods and heart disease:
- Boutique diets (made by small maufacturers)
- Exotic ingredients such as rabbit, duck, kangaroo etc..
- Foods that are labeled ‘Grain Free’ which tend to have legumes as a main ingredient (peas, lentils, or potatoes)