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FDA investigating reports that appear to link grain free dog foods to canine dilated cardiomyopathy

Jul 2, 2019

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On Monday, July 1, 2019 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a list of sixteen brands of dog food that may be associated with a heightened risk of heart failure in dogs. The FDA isn't suggesting that pet owners stop feeding their dogs the particular brands yet, but some vets are already advising against "grain free" foods.

The FDA has been warning about the foods based on peas, lentils or potatoes since July 2018, but the statement released late last week is the first time the agency has identified the 16 brand names.

The brands which are ordered by the number of cases linked to them, ranging from a high of 67 to a low of 10, are:
    Acana
    Zignature
    Taste of the Wild
    4Health
    Earthborn Holistic
    Blue Buffalo
    Nature’s Domain
    Fromm
    Merrick
    California Natural
    Natural Balance
    Orijen
    Nature’s Variety
    NutriSource
    Nutro
    Rachael Ray Nutrish

While the vast majority of cases have been in dogs, there have been some in cats. Lindsay Haake, a spokesperson for the FDA, said, “We’re not saying don’t use these brands, we’re just telling pet owners to work directly with their veterinarians because we’re still investigating.”

According to Dr. Bruce Kornreich, a veterinary cardiologist in the department of clinical sciences at the Veterinary College of Cornell University and associate director of the Cornell Feline Health Center, “What we don’t know is if [the foods] used in these diets in place of grains are causing the problem,” Kornreich said. “It’s also possible that could be some kind of toxin.”

It is recommended that if your pet dog is showing any symptoms of the heart condition, including decreased energy, cough or difficulty breathing, the FDA urges owners to contact a vet as soon as possible.
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