FDA has announced that the dog food you are feeding your pet dog may lead to the failure of its heart. A number of dog owners have confirmed their dogs have been diagnosed with a heart condition in the past year.
More specifically the dog food has been causing a disease called dilated cardiomyopathy, popularly known as DCM. There have been more than five hundred cases of DCM.
But What Exactly is DCM?
Dilated cardiomyopathy is a canine disease that adversely affects the heart of the dog and leads to enlarged muscles. The symptoms include frequent fatigue, coughing and breathing difficulties.
In 2018, FDA did not reveal any names of the brands. But this time, the top three brands have been revealed. The most reported brand is Acana which is linked with 67 reports. The second most reported brand is Zignature, linked with 64 reports, and the third most reported brand is Taste of the Wild, linked with 53 reports.
The company by J.M. Smucker which owns Natural Balance as well as R Ray Nutrish were the two other brands FDA named. Natural balance was linked with fifteen reports while Nutrish was linked with ten.
What To Do?
If you witness any unusual symptoms in your pet dog lately, you must take it to the veterinarian. And in case of severe DCM, file a report against the dog food brand to warn other pet owners.
The FDA investigations are on and a clear perspective will soon be given. It is strongly suggested to feed your pet dogs with only homemade food, until and unless the brands are announced as safe.
— Petfoodology (@petfoodology) June 25, 2019