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
The dog foods listed by the FDA are as
Taste of the Wild
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.