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According to a new FDA report, your dog's diet could have an impact on whether they develop heart disease.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that there is currently a possible link between certain diets and cases of dilated cardiomyopathy, known as DCM or canine heart disease, which can lead to heart failure.

The agency first announced the investigation in July 2018. Thursday's announcement identified 16 pet food brands that were identified most frequently in more than 500 reported cases.

"We know it can be devastating to suddenly find out that your previously healthy pet has a potentially life-threatening disease like DCM," said Steven M. Solomon, director of the FDA's Veterinary Center, in a statement. "That's why the FDA is committed to continuing our joint scientific investigation into the possible link between DCM and certain pet foods."

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The report states that dogs of large and huge breeds are most commonly affected, with cases of Golden Retrievers, mixed breeds and Labrador Retrievers being most common. However, there were also cases of smaller breeds that suggested that "no genetic link exists".

In most cases the dogs ate dry food formulations.

The study also examined the ingredients or properties of dog food. Over 90% of the diets were "grain-free" and 93% had peas and / or lentils.

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Identified Trademarks [19659015] The report notes that the FDA still does not know how certain diets can be linked to the disease.

"However, the FDA is primarily a public health agency and takes its responsibility for protecting human and animal health seriously," the agency said in the statement. "In the case of DCM, the agency is required to be transparent to the public that owns pets about how often certain brands have been reported."

Here are the trademarks and how many cases were reported to the FDA Each:

  • Acana: 67
  • Zignature: 64
  • Taste of the Wild: 53
  • 4Health: 32
  • Earthborn Holistic: 32
  • Blue Buffalo: 31
  • Nature's Domain: 29
  • Pious: 24
  • Merrick: 16
  • California Natural: 15
  • Natural Balance: 15
  • Orijen: 12
  • Nature's Variety: 11
  • NutriSource: 10
  • 10
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish: 10

What's Next?

The FDA encourages veterinarians to report cases via their electronic safety reporting portal or through their state's FDA Consumer Coordinator.

Pet owners are advised to do so Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if "a dog has potential signs of DCM" heart disease, including decreased energy, coughing, difficulty breathing, and collapse, "the report said.

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