June 27, 2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides third status report on investigation into potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease. This update covers reports received by the FDA through April 30, 2019 and, for the first time, includes pet food brands most frequently named. Between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Some reports involved more than one affected animal from the same household, so the total number of affected animals is greater than 524.
On February 19, 2019 the FDA issued new and updated existing resources related to the ongoing investigation into a potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease. Public notification regarding the investigation was first released in July 2018.
For more information please see the following FDA resources:
- FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy - includes cases reported to FDA, diet information from reported cases, and more
- FDA Provides Third Status Report on Investigation into Potential Connection Between Certain Diets and Cases of Canine Heart Disease - public notification regarding ongoing investigation (June 27, 2019)
- FDA Provides Update on Investigation into Possible Connection between Certain Diets and Cases of Canine Heart Disease - public notification regarding ongoing investigation (February 19, 2019)
- Questions & Answers: FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine's Investigation into a Possible Connection between Diet and Canine Heart Disease - addresses some of the frequently asked questions raised by pet owners and veterinarians
- Vet-LIRN Update on Investigation into Dilated Cardiomyopathy - update describing the FDA and Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network's investigative efforts through November 2018 at a level of technical detail geared toward veterinarians
- How to Report a Pet Food Complaint
- Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN)