The FDA has issued a list of brands of food that have been associated with a serious heart condition in dogs, and to a much lesser extent in cats. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a condition where heart muscle becomes weak, leading to heart failure and even death. So far, the dietary trigger of this condition has not been determined and may well due to multiple factors, including the genetics of the dog. We do know that 90% of the diets are “Grain-Free” and 93% contain peas and/or lentils.
If your dog is eating a grain-free diet, especially from the list of brands issued by the FDA, the veterinarians at Northampton Veterinary Clinic are recommending the following:
- Wean over to a new diet over a 3-4 day period
While there have been recalls in many brands, our doctors especially recommend Royal Canin, Science Diet/Hill’s, Wellness and Purina Proplan diets
- If your dog has not had an exam within 6 months, you should make an appointment to have a veterinarian assess the heart.
If your dog is easily tired , coughing or having fainting spells, your dog should be seen as soon as possible to be assessed for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).