Celebrity Dog Food Among Brands Linked To Canine Heart Disease

July 4, 2019

CBC News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified 16 brands of dog foods — the majority of them labeled “grain free” — that it says are most frequently associated with a potentially deadly canine heart condition.

Canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is a disease that causes the muscle wall of a dog’s heart to thin, weakening the organ and making it harder to pump blood.

Congestive heart failure, a buildup of fluid in the chest and abdomen, can result. Affected dogs may seem tired, lose weight and suddenly collapse.

The FDA’s ongoing investigation into a “potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease” focused on 515 reports of DCM in dogs received between Jan. 1, 2014 and April 30. Lawyer Pleads For Sympathy For Woman Charged With Drowning Golden Retriever

Of the dog-food brands on the FDA’s list, 91 percent of the products were labeled grain-free (did not contain corn, soy, wheat, rice, barley or other grains), while 93 percent contained peas, lentils (including chickpeas and beans), or potatoes (including sweet potatoes).

The brands identified include:

  • 4Health.
  • Acana.
  • Blue Buffalo.
  • California Natural.
  • Earthborn Holistic.
  • Fromm.
  • Merrick.
  • NutriSource.
  • Nutro.
  • Natural Balance.
  • Nature’s Domain.
  • Nature’s Variety.
  • Orijen.
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish.
  • Taste of the Wild.
  • Zignature.

The products are sold online and many are available in stores.

The FDA first alerted the public it was probing a potential link between diet and DCM in July 2018, noting that the agency was receiving reports associated with breeds not typically prone to the disease.

The underlying cause of DCM isn’t known, though it is thought to have a genetic component.

Large and giant breeds, such as Great Danes, Doberman pinschers or Irish wolfhounds, are typically more frequently at risk. But in the FDA’s report, smaller breeds, such as Shih Tzu, Jack Russell terrier and pug, were also among those with more than one reported case of DCM … Read more. 

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