People always say that a dog is man’s best friend.
The truth is, we are much more important to them than they are to us. We feed them, bathe them, and make sure they are happy and healthy. But what if what you are feeding them is leading them to heart failure?
The FDA has been conducting a study for the last five years to figure out if there is a “potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease,” or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
On Thursday (June 27), they released their third status report on the topic, and even posted which pet food brands were most frequently identified when a dog was diagnosed with DCM.
FDA is releasing new info about our ongoing investigation into a potential link between certain pet foods and reported…
Posted by U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, June 27, 2019
According to the report, there have been over 500 reported cases with 16 different dog food brands.
According to the report, larger dogs – like Golden Retrievers (95), Labrador Retrievers (47), and Great Danes (25) – are the most common breeds to be diagnosed with DCM. See the chart that documents it below.
Below are the brands of food that are linked to DCM.
Acana (67), Zignatue (64), and Taste of the Wild (53) are the brands with the most reported cases.
The FDA says DCM cases have spiked in the last few years. If your dog develops DCM or any other heart condition, a veterinarian may ask you to provide a dietary history, including all foods and treats provided to the pet.
Do you feed your pet any of these brands?