Dog owners have been warned against feeding leftovers to their pets since vegetables have been linked to a dangerous sickness.
DOG OWNERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED NOT TO GIVE THEIR PETS THEIR DINNER LEFTOVERS, according to a new study, peas may raise their risk of heart disease.
The use of beans in some “grain-free” dog food has been linked to the development of canine dilated cardiomyopathy, according to experts (DCM). The disease that causes the heart muscle of a dog to expand, making it difficult for the body to pump blood around the body. Their findings, which were published in Scientific Reports, have been forwarded to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is currently looking into the connection.
“Until we know the actual cause, we want to be wary of all the substances the FDA is investigating,” study author Dr Lisa Freeman told NBC News.
“Peas could be an excellent indicator of where we should look.
“Unfortunately, as another piece of the puzzle, this does not provide us with the ultimate answer. However, it provides us with a list of things to investigate further.
“This research helps us narrow down the targets we need to look at so we can focus on the most likely causes and find an answer faster, preventing more dogs from becoming ill.”
Owners should avoid serving their pets peas and other pulses from their dinner plates, according to their research.
Other veterinary organizations, on the other hand, think it’s fine.
Peas are fine for dogs to consume “on occasion,” according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), as long as they are not canned, as canned peas sometimes include additional salt.
The American Kennel Club offers a list of veggies that it suggests for dogs to consume on its website.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has also issued similar advice.
The Tufts University study matched 830 substances found in nine traditional dog meals to nine compounds linked to DCM by the Food and Drug Administration.
They discovered 122 chemicals in DCM-related products that were considerably higher.
The list of suspicious substances was reduced to 30 using a machine learning system.
Peas were shown to be the most significantly linked to these 30 chemicals.
However, several of the probable components are found in dog meals that haven’t been associated to DCM, so there could be other factors at play.
From January 1, 2014, through April 30, 2018, the FDA received 524 complaints of DCM in animals.
However, more than 1,100 cases of diagnosed DCM were reported between 2014 and 2021. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”