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FDA Investigating Heart Disease Linked to Dog Food

See if your dog food brand is on the list the FDA is looking into.


Some troubling news for dog owners, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a list of dog food brands that potentially connected to a recent spike reported cases of heart disease in dogs.

CBS News reports the FDA is continuing to investigate more than 500 reports of dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, a form of congestive heart failure in dogs . The FDA identified 16 different brands of pet food in the investigation (see chart).

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

At this point, the FDA has "not yet determined the nature of this potential link" between dog food and heart disease, and the agency is encouraging pet owners to discuss their dog's diet with their veterinarian.

Several pet food companies, including Zignature and Champion Petfoods (which owns Arcana and Orijen), released statements disputing the FDA's claims, and saying their pet foods are safe.

The FDA says it is continuing to investigate these cases. You can report heart disease cases in your pet that you believe to be linked to diet by using the FDA's electronic Safety Reporting Portal or calling the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators .

For more information from the FDA on the ongoing investigation, you can click here .

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