DCM is a condition that affects a dog's heart and results in an enlarged muscle. Dogs with DCM tire easily, cough and have difficulty breathing.
As part of this study, the FDA has now identified 16 brands of dog food that had the most frequently reported cases of DCM. The three best brands, according to the FDA, are Acana, named in 67 reports; Zignature, named in 64, and Taste of the Wild, named in 53 reports.
"We know it can be devastating to suddenly learn that your former healthy pet has a potentially life-threatening disease such as DCM, so the FDA is committed to continuing our collaborative scientific study of the possible link between DCM and certain pet foods, "said Dr. Steven M. Solomon, director of the FDA's veterinary medicine center.
Salomon says the FDA has not determined the nature of the potential link. but it encouraged the dogs' owners to work closely with their veterinarians.
Agency findings are unintentional
Zignature added, "as we continue to have great confidence in our naturally sourced diets that meet the needs of dogs suffering from allergies and grain intolerances, we provide an exclusive line made by our expert formulation team that is nutritious sound and grain-inclusive. "
"… Of the 77 million dogs in the United States, 0.5% to 1% DCM, and of those dogs with DCM, are less than 0.1% speculated to have DCM related to diet, although not scientifically proven In the recipes Champion we emphasize fresh and raw meat with total animal derived ingredients from 60 to 85 percent of the finished product. Toys are not an important feature of Champions recipes and have never been. "
What You Can Do
If DCM gets caught early, heart function may improve in cases not related to genetics with appropriate veterinary and dietary supplements, according to the FDA.
If a dog shows possible signs of DCM or other heart disease, the FDA encourages you to contact the veterinarian as soon as possible. In extreme cases such as sudden weakness or breakdown, you may need to seek emergency veterinary care.
The FDA says it will continue to investigate the connection and will update the public as the information becomes available.