[Warning] Dog food under FDA investigation after potential links to serious form of canine heart disease

The FDA is warning dog owners about a possible link between certain dog food brands and a serious form of canine heart disease.

The FDA’s newest 78 page report revealed that more than 90% of the 500 plus dogs that contracted the disease, also known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), maintained a grain free diet. 93% of those diets also included peas and lentils.

“DCM itself is not considered rare in dogs, but these reports are unusual because many of the reported cases occurred in breeds of dogs not typically genetically prone to the disease. Additionally, most of the cases ate diets that appear to contain high concentrations/ratios of certain ingredients, such as peas, chickpeas, lentils and/or various types of potatoes. Some of these were labeled as ‘grain-free,’ but grain-containing diets were also represented,” the FDA said.

Between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 case reports of diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy. Some of these cases involved more than one animal from the same household. In the reported cases, there were 560 individual dogs diagnosed with DCM and 119 of those dogs died. There were 14 individual cats, 5 of which died.

The FDA identified these dog food brands as the top-three most frequently reported DCM cases:

  • Acana
  • Zignature
  • Taste of the Wild

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