On July 12, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a brief stating they are investigating recent case reports of a type of canine heart disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, in dogs not genetically predisposed to the disease who may have been fed certain types of diets. Members of the Pet Food Institute (PFI) are committed to the production of safe, nutritionally balanced pet food and are working closely with FDA and internal experts to advance the understanding of this potential issue. Below, we provide answers to some questions that pet lovers may have about DCM and their dog’s diet.
FDA’s investigation is specifically focusing on DCM and not canine heart disease as a whole. If you have questions about DCM or your pet’s health, consult with a trusted veterinarian.
The exact cause of these cases of DCM is still unknown and may be the result of many factors. If you have a question about your dog’s food, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer to learn more.
If you have questions about a specific product, we recommend that you call the manufacturer to learn more. The FDA is also recommending that pet owners seek dietary advice from a trusted veterinarian, who knows your pet and can provide information specific to him or her.