During the investigation in rising occurrences of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, the FDA has concluded with a list of pet food brands they believe are contributing to the disease. Some of the top market brands can be found on this list.

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Canine DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and can often result in congestive heart failure. 

“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,” said Steven M. Solomon, D.V.M., M.P.H., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Our ongoing work in this area is a top priority for the FDA, and as our investigation unfolds and we learn more about this issue, we will make additional updates to the public. In the meantime, because we have not yet determined the nature of this potential link, we continue to encourage consumers to work closely with their veterinarians, who may consult a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, to select the best diet for their pets’ needs.”

Steven M. Solomon, D.V.M., M.P.H., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine

The FDA first alerted the public to a possible link between pet food and DCM in July 2018. Additional updates were provided in February 2019.  

Studies are ongoing.