People love to spoil their pets. Whether it be fancy dog beds, luxury pup spas or elaborate kitty bling, the love of owners for pets truly knows no bounds. So when it comes time to make decisions about what to feed your beloved pets, people are understandably inclined to choose the very best. And since eating gluten free is very trendy (and sometimes medically necessary) in the two legged world, it only makes sense that the same rules would apply in the four-legged one.
Unfortunately, a recent turn of events showed that logic to be flawed when a number of cases of dilated cardiomyopathy were all linked by one thing—the diets of the afflicted were all heavy in luxury proteins and legumes, and light on grain. The condition, prevalent in big dogs like Doberman pinschers, Irish Wolfhounds and Great Danes, randomly started appearing in cases involving smaller breeds and that's when vets became keyed in to the surrounding circumstances.
Now, we don't want pet owners to get all nervous—there are many animals who do just fine on these diets. But it's good to know the symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy, which include:
- Difficulty breathing
- In extreme cases, some dogs can go abruptly into heart failure
And, it might not be a bad idea to start your pet on a different kind of diet if you happen to feed them this sort of food.
Til' next time,