In July of last year, the FDA's investigation of consumer reports concerning an increase in the number of incidents of a heart disease called canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The dogs did not have a predisposition to DCM but they did frequently eat dog foods containing peas, lentils and other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients.
The FDA has updated their investigation into the DCM cases and named 16 brands eaten by dogs involved in the official report. Only brands named 10 or more times are in this list while some reports listed multiple brands and other listed none.
Top 16 Pet Food Brands Associated with DCM Cases:
- Acana - 67
- Zignature - 64
- Taste of the Wild - 53
- 4Health - 32
- Earthborn Holistic - 32
- Blue Buffalo - 31
- Nature's Domain - 29
- Fromm - 24
- Merrick -16
- California Natural -15
- Natural Balance -15
- Orijen -12
- Nature's Variety - 11
- NutriSource - 10
- Nutro - 10
- Rachael Ray Nutrish - 10
Officials said “The FDA is working with the pet food industry to better understand whether changes in ingredients, ingredient sourcing, processing or formulation may have contributed to the development of DCM."
You can read the FDA's complete report and breakdowns here.
Read the 78 page document regarding Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy Complaints Submitted to FDA-CVM Through April 30, 2019 here.
I would like to point out that several of these foods are by the same manufacturing company. For example, Acana and Orijen are both manufactured by Champion Pet foods, a company from Canada but now with manufacturing plants in the US. Diamond Pet Food manufactures Taste of the Wild, 4Health, and Nature's Domain.
Last August we wrote an article explaining what Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy is. You can read it here.
If you've been reading our blogs for several years, you know that we have used and recommended Life's Abundance dog and cat food for 16 years. The dry foods are shipped to your door generally with 4-6 weeks from being made. They have been in business since 1999.
If you or someone you know is feeding one of the brands listed above, now may be a good time to make the switch to a premium Life's Abundance diet. If you already feed Life's Abundance to your companion, you can remain confident in your choice and our commitment to helping families, including pets, live long, healthy lives!
NOTE: NO LIFE'S ABUNDANCE PET FOODS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS FDA REPORT OR DCM.
Here are 3 of our Life's Abundance dogs through the years. Storm and Raven started using Life's Abundance products back in 2003. Rio continues to enjoy his Life's Abundance foods, treats, supplements and spa products.
Enjoy your day!
Lisa and Rich Jelinek