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FDA releases list of dog foods linked to heart disease

Labrador retrievers (right) are the breed that was third most linked to heart disease in the FDA study.

WASHINGTON DC – Late last week the U.S Food and Drug Administration released a list of dog foods it is warning have been linked to canine dilated cardiomyopathy. A study conducted by the FDA shows that dog foods that are marketed as “grain free” may contain higher concentrations of certain food products which are contributing to the affliction in dogs.

In some cases, breeds of dogs which were afflicted did not have a known genetic predisposition to the disease.

The FDA says the new report is the product of an investigation that has been ongoing since at least July of last year.

The dog foods listed by the FDA are as follows:

Acana

Zignature

Taste of the Wild

4Health

Earthborn Holistic

Blue Buffalo

Nature’s Domain

Fromm

Merrick

California Natural

Natural Balance

Orijen

Nature’s Variety

NutriSource

Nutro

Rachel Ray Nutrish

The FDA report says if a dog is showing possible signs of DCM or other heart conditions, including decreased energy, cough, difficulty breathing and episodes of collapse, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If the symptoms are severe and your veterinarian is not available, you may need to seek emergency veterinary care. Your veterinarian may ask you for a thorough dietary history, including all the foods (including treats) the dog has eaten.

The FDA investigation included product testing and diagnostic testing.

You can read the full report from the FDA by clicking here.

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