Dog heart problems linked to grain-free food

Recently there has been an increase in the number of dogs being diagnosed with a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).  The condition has also been happening in cats but to a lesser extent.  The Culprit appears to be grain free pet food.  The Food and Drug Administration  announced a possible link between the condition, which can cause heart failure, and grain-free pet foods.  Pet food companies who make these products by replacing the grains with  ingredients like peas, lentils or potatoes.  By April this past year, the FDA said that it had received 524 reports of 560 dogs and 14 cats diagnosed with DCM that appeared to be related to diet.

The brands are ordered by the number of cases linked to them, which ranged from a high of 67 to 10:

  • 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
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish

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