We have received large amounts of questions regarding the recent FDA report on grain free diets and the potential problems they are causing in pets. There are multiple documents that the FDA has actually put out that easily explains the research and connection between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and some grain free diets. This article explains in detail the testing that has been performed and reported cases involving DCM and grain free diets.
Some specific breeds that were reported the most include but are not limited to: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds and much more (see full list with link provided below). They also list many brands of food that have been linked to DCM like: Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild, 4Health, Blue Buffalo and more. Grain free diets were not the only reported/tested food type that was mentioned, they also mentioned ingredients or characteristics like peas, lentils and sweet potatoes.
The FDA continues to investigate these diets and the possible link to DCM. They say as more is discovered that they will update the public on what they find. To read the full article please follow the link below. This has been a simple overview of some of the information that is written in the article. If you have any questions or don’t understand the article please feel free to give us a call at 704-893-5056.
FDA. “FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy”. 27 June 2019.