Dog owners are getting a new warning about concerns over pet food that may be linked to deadly congestive heart failure.
The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating a string of reports of some dogs getting the heart condition for a year, and for the first time, they’re releasing the names of some of the brands of dog food that have been most frequently identified in the reports.
The investigation is connected to reports of some dogs and a few cats developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) after being on a diet of certain dry dog food.
The brands, which are largely dry dog food, have not been recalled, but in their statement released Thursday, the FDA said the agency “has an obligation to be transparent with the pet-owning public regarding the frequency with which certain brands have been reported.”
The FDA notes that the underlying cause of canine DCM remains unknown but is believed to be somewhat related to a dog’s genetics.