16 Dog Food Brands are Linked to Cause Heart Disease in Pets an ongoing FDA investigation
FDA – The USA Food and Drug Administration is investigating link between grain free foods and increased risk of heart disease in dogs.
By the end of June 2019 over 260 canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases have been reported to the FDA which are linked with grain free pet foods.
In 2018 the USA Food and Drug Administration warned about grain free dog food based on peas, lentils or potatoes which according to the FDA were developing an unusual condition that can cause an enlarged heart.
FDA started to investigate the cases in 2019 and now for the first time the FDA is naming the 16 pet food brands most connected to the heart disease.
16 pet food brands most connected to the heart disease
List of the brands ordered by the number of cases linked:
Taste of the Wild
Rachael Ray Nutrish
Spike in DCM cases have occurred just in the last few years
The recent spike in DCM cases is that they have occurred just in the last few years. The FDA has launched the investigation in July 2018 following an uptick in reported DCM cases that included breeds that are not typically prone to the heart disease.
“Because the occurrence of different diseases in dogs and cats is not routinely tracked and there is no widespread surveillance system like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have for human health, we do not have a measure of the typical rate of occurrence of disease apart from what is reported to the FDA.”, writes the FDA.
Of the 560 reported cases the 119 dogs have died
Of the 560 DCM cases reported to the FDA the 119 of the dogs have died. Some of these reports involved more than one affected animal from the same household. The FDA suspects that cases are underreported because animals are typically treated symptomatically, and diagnostic testing and treatment can be complex and costly to owners.
What we don’t know is if the foods used in these diets in place of grains are causing the problem. It’s also possible that could be some kind of toxin in the commercial dog food.
Manufacturers declare our pet foods are safe
Several of the brands have released statements defending their products and noting that the FDA’s investigation remains ongoing.
“To date, the FDA still has not found any science-based causes to link grain-free diets — including Taste of the Wild — to DCM. As they note, it is a complex issue with numerous factors to consider. We continue to monitor this issue closely and support ongoing research efforts,” commented Taste of the Wild.
Zignature disputed any connection. “In parallel with the FDA investigation, our own third-party internal studies found no link between our high-quality pet food products and any of the other physical characteristics that correlate to DCM,” declared Zignature.
Champion Petfoods, which owns Arcana and Orijen, objected to the FDA’s listing of brands and stated: “We think it is misleading for the FDA to post the names of brands, while at the same time fully stating that they have no scientific evidence linking diet to DCM. We feel this will only serve to further confuse pet lovers. Our company’s research shows “Champion pet foods are safe.”
Same household dogs diagnosed with DCM
While large corporations producing pet food and earning huge profits refuse to take responsibility, the pet owners face consequences. Some of the cases are when owner came in with a very sick dog that was diagnosed with DCM. The family had a second dog that seemed healthy, but because both were eating a grain-free dog food, they were suggested to bring in the second dog to be checked. When the dog was evaluated, it also had decreased heart function, but it was still subclinical. The dog did not show visible signs yet because it was at an early stage.