In mid-March I wrote a post about DCM, a fatal heart disease, and its relationship to grain-free diets. I mentioned that I had been feeding Scout that diet and fortunately upon his vet visit, he was declared wonderfully healthy for his age with no sign of DCM. While we were lucky there have been many not so fortunate dog owners. If you are feeding your dog a grain free diet, please read on for more information about the research the FDA is performing.
FDA Investigation on Grain Free Diet and Canine DCM
While the FDA is still researching this issue, they published another report yesterday on their findings. Linked in that article is another article, FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy,” that presents particulars regarding
- the number of cases that have been filed;
- what types of dog breeds have been affected (you can check to see if your dog is listed, but frankly at this stage I think you’d be better off changing your dog’s diet if you’re feeding grain-free);
- product testing; and
- next steps.
In a separate report, the FDA has listed the brands of dog food that are currently under investigation:
“Brands named most frequently in reports submitted to the FDA (as of April 30, 2019) that had at least ten reports, include Acana (67), Zignature (64), Taste of the Wild (53), 4Health (32), Earthborn Holistic (32), Blue Buffalo (31), Nature’s Domain (29), Fromm (24), Merrick (16), California Natural (15), Natural Balance (15), Orijen (12), Nature’s Variety (11), NutriSource (10), Nutro (10), and Rachael Ray Nutrish (10).”
If you’ve been feeding your dog one of boutique grain-free diets and are wondering what the symptoms are for DCM, you can find that information here.