In July 2018, the FDA opened an investigation following increased reports of dogs developing a serious heart disease—canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The investigation is focused on the potential association of this disease with certain pet foods claiming to be “grain-free.” DCM is a cardiac disease that is irreversible and can be fatal. The trigger of this investigation was the dramatic spike in reports of diagnoses of DCM since 2018, especially in breeds not predisposed to developing the disease.

If you have a dog that has developed DCM and is fed a diet of dog food labeled as “grain-free,” we’d like to hear from you to assist in our investigation. Call us at 1.800.887.8029 or submit a free case review form.

Update

Read the full complaint here

Background

The FDA’s investigation is primarily focused on dog food brands labeled as “grain-free,” which contain a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds, and/or potatoes in various forms as the main ingredient. While some breeds of dogs are predisposed to developing DCM, many breeds without this predisposition are reportedly contracting the disease.

After analyzing the data it has collected, the FDA has not ruled out the effect of diet in the drastic increase of DCM reports.

The dog food brands named most frequently in DCM cases reported to FDA include:

  • Acana
  • Zignature
  • Taste of the Wild
  • 4Health
  • Earthborn Holistic
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Nature’s Domain
  • Fromm
  • Merrick
  • California Natural
  • Natural Balance
  • Orijen
  • Nature’s Variety
  • NutriSource
  • Nutro
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish

Some of the breeds that have been reported most frequently to the FDA are:

  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Great Dane
  • Pit Bull
  • German Shepherd

Read the full FDA update here

In the News

July 1, 2019: FDA names 16 brands of dog food linked to canine heart disease, nbcnews.com

How we can Help

If your dog has developed DCM and is fed a diet of dog food labeled as “grain-free” we’d like to hear from you to assist in our investigation. Call us at 1.800.887.8029 or submit a free case review form. Zimmerman Reed has more than 30 years of experience handling consumer protection claims and we are available to hear about your experience and answer any questions you may have.