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Dog Food With Legumes Tied to Pet Heart Disease, FDA Says

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Pet food containing peas, lentils, other legumes and potatoes might be causing heart disease in dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a warning to pet owners.

The FDA said Thursday that it has received “highly unusual” reports about canine dilated cardiomyopathy, which can cause an enlarged, weakened heart and eventual heart failure in dogs. The cases occurred in breeds -- such as golden and Labrador retrievers, a whippet, a Shih Tzu, a bulldog, and miniature schnauzers -- that aren’t genetically prone to the disease, but that ate certain pet foods containing legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients.