Your dog could be at risk from his/her food!
Over the last year veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of dogs presenting with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease of the heart muscle. While the cause of DCM is multi-factorial, diet has been linked to the development of the disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating pet diets. On June 27th, they released an updated statement on their investigation: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy
Below is a copy of the FDA chart showing the most common diets with a reported link to dogs developing dietary-related Dilated Cardiomyopathy:
The FDA report states: “More than 90 percent of products were “grain-free”, and 93 percent of reported products had peas and/or lentils. A far smaller proportion contained potatoes.”
Veterinary universities are also studying DCM. Tufts University study report, released in December 2018 can be found at: https://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/
The veterinarians at Macungie Animal Hospital recommend that you feed your dog one of the following brand foods: Royal Canin, Science Diet and Purina (Purina One or ProPlan). We suggest that you avoid grain free diets until more information is gathered by the FDA. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 610-421-8381.
For more information on Dilated Cardiomyopathy, visit Cornell University’s webpage at: https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/companion-animal-hospital/cardiology/canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm.