CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Veterinarians at Kings Veterinary Hospital are warning dog owners that grain-free diets could cause dogs heart problems.
Veterinarian Beatriz Woodall said she and her colleagues went to a science conference after noticing an increase in heart problems in dogs.
What they learned at the conference, according to Woodall, could be that the ingredients in certain dog foods are causing problems.
“We’ve seen a trend and issues with grain-free boutique ingredients and exotic ingredients,” said Woodall. “Lentils, things we used to not put in dog food.”
Woodall said scientific studies have shown that grain-free diets can lead to dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a thinning of the heart wall that can lead to heart failure.
If the problem is caught early enough, the vet has said the problem can be fixed.
“When they changed this diet to a more scientifically proven, tested, and field-tested diet, the symptoms and problems were resolved,” Woodall said.
If not caught early, Woodall said it could lead to death.
Woodall doesn’t want to target a specific brand as bad or good. Her advice is to speak with your vet before changing the dog food.
“Check with your vet before listening to a salesperson at a pet store to find out why you are switching dog food,” she explained.
Woodall said cats can also be sensitive to a grain-free diet.
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