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"Clean eating" trend might not be so healthy for pets

Boutique, grain-free dog foods made by small manufacturers have been linked to an increase in dilated cardiomyopathy cases, and though no ingredient has been identified as the cause, some of the dogs presenting with DCM have had a taurine deficiency, says veterinary cardiologist Pamela Lee. The so-called clean foods trend has led to a rise in pet foods with exotic ingredients made by small companies that may lack nutritional expertise, and Dr. Lee points out that what is good for humans isn't necessarily good for animals.

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