BEG (boutique, exotic, grain-free) diets
Cohutta Animal Clinic would like to make you aware of recent publications regarding BEG (boutique, exotic, grain-free) diets. The US Food and Drug Administration released a statement in July, 2018 that they would be investigating the possible association between these diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). This includes diets which contain ingredients such as peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. DCM is a primary disease of the heart muscle, which causes decreased contractility which causes the left ventricle to enlarge and can lead to congestive heart failure. The specific mechanism that leads to this phenomenon has yet to be fully described; however, if your pet is currently eating a BEG diet, you may want to consider transitioning him or her to a grain-included, large manufacturer, common ingredient diet in the meantime. For more information see our Useful Links under Resources.