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By Sara Chodosh
It’s not at all clear yet how these so-called BEG diets might be contributing to the rise in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), or even if they contribute at all. The FDA only began investigating the link because vets saw an anecdotal rise in DCM rates in breeds not normally predisposed to getting the disease. Some purebreds, like Great Danes and Doberman pinschers, have genetic links to DCM. But when bulldogs and labrador retrievers started coming in with heart problems, vets got worried. They also just happened to notice that a lot of these dogs were on grain-free or other BEG diets.
We all want what’s best for our pups, and it’s easy to go along with the shiny marketing that tells us grain-free or all-lamb is really the healthiest thing—heck, we do it with our own diets. But when it comes to dog food, the boring conventional choice might be the best.
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