The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning against certain types of dog food that are linked to canine dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM، as the Technical Times said. On July 12، FDA released a statement making all dog owners aware about a possible link between the dog heart disease and specific dog foods that contain peas، lentils، other legume seeds، or potatoes as the main ingredient. The cases were observed in Golden and Labrador Retrievers، a Whippet، a Shih Tzu، a Bulldog، and Miniature Schnauzers and other mixed breeds. The cases were particularly worrisome as these breeds are not genetically prone to DCM. The heart condition is also less common in small and medium breed dogs، except American and English Cocker Spaniels. In its announcement، FDA said they received reports from the veterinary cardiology community about the growing cases of dog breeds that developed DCM even when they were supposed to be not at risk for the condition. The dogs observed were found to have relied on the said types of dog food as their main source of nutrients from months to years. "The FDA is investigating the potential link between DCM and these foods. We encourage pet owners and veterinarians to report DCM cases in dogs who are not predisposed to the disease،" said Martine Hartogensis، deputy director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine's Office of Surveillance and Compliance.