(WHDH) – The US Food and Drug Administration has published a list of pet brands that they say can cause congestive heart failure in dogs.
In July 2018, the FDA first warned the public about a study that found a possible link between extended cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dogs eating certain types of pet foods.
Canine DCM is described as the disease of the dog's heart muscle, often leading to congestive heart failure.
Breeds that are usually affected are large and giant dogs, according to the FDA. However, many of the 524 cases of DCM reported to the FDA, including minor breeds with dogs, suggest a lack of genetic linkage.
In many cases, food in conjunction with DCM was in dry form and contained ingredients including peas, lentils, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Many others were grain free.
The following dog tags were named most in reported DCM cases, according to FDA:
- Acana: 67
- Signature: 64
- Sample: 53
- 4Health: 32
- Soil Born Holistic: 32
- ] Blue Buffalo: 31
- Nature's Domain: 29
- Fromm: 24
- Merrick: 16
- California Nature: 15
- Natural Balance: 15
- Orijen: 12
- Nature's selection: 11
- NutriSource: 10
- Nutro: 10
- Rachael Ray Nutrish: 10
The FDA encourages pet owners to work on their wildlife, which has the ability to consult a boarded veterinarian nutritionist to get the most appropriate dietary advice.
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