This is an update to our previous announcements regarding this topic. Veterinary cardiologists have seen a link between an increase in cases of Dilated Cardiomyopathy— a serious form of heart disease in pets— and certain grain-free diets, which have become all the rage and often a marketing ploy by boutique pet food companies. The FDA has received reports of 560 dogs and 14 cats diagnosed by veterinarians to have DCM. Of those, 119 dogs and five cats have died. The FDA just announced that it will thoroughly investigate this issue.
Among other information, the FDA has just released a list of pet food companies of foods which are implicated in causing heart disease in pets. Please see the list below:
- Taste of the Wild
- Earthborn Holistic
- Blue Buffalo
- Nature’s Domain
- California Natural
- Natural Balance
- Nature’s Variety
- Rachael Ray Nutrish
Please go to this link for this information along with many more helpful details:
If you have been feeding grain-free diets from these companies, we recommend you cease doing so. If your pet doesn’t have a medical condition requiring grain-free diets, switch to a regular diet. If your pet has food allergies or another condition requiring avoiding grains, we recommend switching to a trusted brand of prescription or OTC diet, such as Hill’s, Purina, Eukanuba, or Royal Canin.
If you feel your pet has been experiencing lethargy, labored breathing, tiring easily, coughing, or any other symptoms, please seek veterinary attention.
As more information becomes available, we will post further updates. We would be happy to provide you and your pets with the care and information you need to keep them healthy!