The FDA released their update on the issue of grain free foods and dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs on June 27, 2019. Basically, the report indicates that there still is no direct link to the reported cases of the heart condition and any specific diets. The investigation is ongoing and may last for years!
Below are some links that can provide you with additional information:
Here is a link to the full report: FDA Provides Third Status Report on Investigation into Potential Connection Between Certain Diets and Cases of Canine Heart Disease
The FDA has provided a Q&A report on the DCM and diet issue: Questions & Answers: FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Investigation into a Possible Connection Between Diet and Canine Heart Disease
The FDA did release details about the reported cases and information on food brand names reported with the DCM condition but not incriminated at this time: FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
The three brands most reported include:
- Acana (lamb primarily, other proteins also)
- Zignature (kangaroo mostly)
- Taste of the Wild (several varieties)
At this time, we recommend being informed on the issue if you are feeding grain free dog food of any variety. We will provide updates as we receive and become aware of any significant developments. Your dog may not require a grain free formulation if there is no medical or allergy condition to justify its usage.
I still recommend feeding a variety of diets, blended over time, if your dog can tolerate such. There are many good grain inclusive diets we can help you choose from.
Our staff at the Village Pet Market and the Granville Veterinary Clinic are qualified to help inform you on this matter. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Village Pet Market (740) 587- 3656
Granville Veterinary Clinic (740) 587-1129