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BEG Pet Foods

There is a lot of misinformation on the internet regarding ‘BEG’ pet food diets.  BEG stands for Boutique, Exotic ingredients, or Grain Free.

In 2018, the FDA issued a warning to the public regarding a potential association between these foods and a form of  heart disease.   Studies are still ongoing and the scientific community is trying to figure out the exact mechanism(s).  My point is, there appears to be sufficient concern for the FDA to issue a warning.

I have put together a list of hyperlinks to websites with discusses these diets, some of them pertaining to the diets and a link to heart disease.   My goal is to provide to you reliable sources of information.  We value educated pet owners  There is a lot of misinformation and slick marketing out there regarding these foods which up to this point, has been harmless. 


Dr. Craig Piepkorn   Westonka Animal Hospital & Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center

Tufts University 2018 article: It’s Not Just Grain-Free: An Update on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy

February 2019 FDA Update on Investigation Between Certain Diets and Heart Disease

Washington State University; Veterinary Teaching Hospital: Cardiology Service Nutritional Statement 2019   

Tufts University 2016 Article: Grain-Free Diets – Big on marketing, Small on truth

06/27/2019 FDA Update:  FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
– includes information on formulations of diets involved, to date

Tufts University – Cummings Veterinary Medical Center
Clinical Nutrition Service

Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Update, July 2019