A recent study is showing that potato-based pet foods may be linked to heart disease in dogs. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has warned consumers that pet foods containing potato, lentils, peas and other legume seeds all hold potential risk to canines.
The study has found that veterinarians have seen a recent rise in canine heart disease in breeds of dogs not usually genetically associated with the disease. Breeds including Miniature Schnauzers, a Whippet, a Shih Tzu, a Bulldog, and Golden and Labrador retrievers have all seen recent cases of the disease reported. While canine heart disease is common in larger breeds of dogs, it is less common in small to medium-sized breeds.
The FDA is still investigating the potential link between the pet foods and heart disease, but it is recommended that you double check the food listed on your bag of dog food at home.