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FDA Releases List Of 16 Dog Food Brands That May Be Harming Your Pooch

Dog owners, beware: the types and brands of dog food you give your pet could be the reason they are developing heart disease.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an update on its ongoing investigation into the potential link between certain pet foods and a heart disease called canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM.

DCM effects the dog’s heart and results in an enlarged muscle causing the dog to tire easily, cough, and have a hard time breathing.

The administration said in a third press release Thursday:

For the first time, the agency is also posting the pet food brands most frequently identified in these adverse event reports. It’s important to note that the FDA doesn’t yet know how certain diets may be associated with DCM in some dogs. However, the FDA is first and foremost a public health agency, and takes seriously its responsibility to protect human and animal health. In the case of DCM, the agency has an obligation to be transparent with the pet-owning public regarding the frequency with which certain brands have been reported.

Steven M. Solomon, Director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the investigation into the issue is ongoing and encouraged owners to work closely with their veterinarians when choosing food for their pets. Solomon said:

We know it can be devastating to suddenly learn that your previously healthy pet has a potentially life-threatening disease like DCM. That’s why the FDA is committed to continuing our collaborative scientific investigation into the possible link between DCM and certain pet foods.

The report lists the food brands, food types and dog breeds most frequently cited in the 524 DCM reports the agency has received since 2014.

There have been 500 reported cases of DCM with most involving large breed dogs like golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers.

Reports state there have been 500 reported cases of DCM that it is mostly large breed dogs such as golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and mixed breed dogs being affected. However, there have been some documented cases involving smaller breeds.

A connection found by the investigation was that the majority of the dog food the pets were consumed were dry and labeled either “grain-free” or contained peas, lentils, legume seeds, or potatoes.

Here are the dog food brands with most cases linked to DCM:

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·         Acana (67 cases)

·         Zignatue (64)

·         Taste of the Wild (53)

·         4Health (32)

·         Earthborn Holistic (32)

·         Blue Buffalo (31)

·         Nature’s Domain (29)

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·         Fromm (24)

·         Merrick (16)

·         California Natural (15)

·         Natural Balance (15)

·         Orijen (12)

·         Nature’s Variety (11)

·         NutriSource (10)

·         Nutro (10)

·         Rachael Ray Nutrish (10)

Natural Balance and Rachael Ray Nutrish, owned by the J.M. Smucker Company, are two of the brands named by the FDA, released a statement saying that they will continue to work with the ongoing investigation. Natural Balance was connected to 15 of the reports that the FDA reviewed and Rachael Ray Nutrish had 10 reports, according to the FDA.

“As pet parents ourselves, we will continue to monitor this very closely, as we want to make sure all dogs are happy and healthy. Since a conclusive root cause has not been identified to date, we will continue to actively collaborate with the FDA and industry partners to better understand and resolve this increase in heart disease occurrences among dogs,” Ray Hancard, a spokesperson for Smucker, said in a statement to ABC News.

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