NORTH FORT MYERS
Can the food you eat your dog put at risk of heart disease? The Food and Drug Administration is alerting more than a dozen pet food brands announced as "healthy" after a major investigation.
The dog owner, Paul Sherman, said he takes a special look at what he feeds his two dogs before he buys it.
"You know the package, marketing," Sherman said. "Vitamins, anyway."
But now a FDA warning for owners like Sherman. Their diet can put the kids at risk.
For several months, the FDA has looked into a relationship between pet medicine and the dog's heart condition. On Thursday, for the first time, FDA identified 16 dog brands that are most commonly named in the survey.
The FDA tag "Acana", along with "Zignature", topped the list. The FDA said these products were called more than 60 times each in cases reported to them.
"I'll say this, I'll pay more attention," Sherman said.
In a release Thursday, the FDA noted more than 500 reports of extended cardiomyopathy or DCM since 2014. The disease can lead to congestive heart failure, and the FDA says the disease usually affects large dogs.
The agency now urges dog owners to check with their veterinarian if they suspect any problem with their friendly friend.
"I take him more than the recommended times just to make sure everything is all right with him," says Kisan Chhotalal, a dog owner living in Fort Myers. "When I see some problems with him, he always gets a control . "