The cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) relevant to the investigation stem from sporadic reports of DCM between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 30, 2019.
The FDA has "not yet determined the nature of this potential link.” Champion Pet Foods, the maker of Orijen and Acana, states “It is misleading for the FDA to post the names of brands, while at the same time fully stating that they have no scientific evidence linking diet to DCM.”
The Pet Food Institute, a trade group that represents 98% of pet food and treat makers, notes "millions of dogs eat and are thriving on grain-free dog food." Grain-free foods are not new to the pet market and have been around many years.
The FDA notes that the underlying cause of canine DCM remains unknown but is believed to be related to a dog's genetics. Canine DCM tends to occur more frequently in larger dogs, the FDA says, with golden retrievers being the subject of the majority of the reports the FDA received, followed by mixed breeds, Labrador retrievers, great Danes, pit bulls, and German shepherds, among others. The average weight of the dogs in the reported cases was 67.8 lbs and the average age was 6.6 years old.
Pet owners are advised to contact their veterinarian as soon as possible if a dog is showing possible signs of DCM including decreased energy, cough, difficulty breathing, and episodes of collapse.
If you have any questions or concerns, please come into the store to discuss this issue further. We stand behind every single one of our vendors but if you are still apprehensive, we can absolutely help you pick another comparable food. We want you and your dog to feel comfortable and safe with your food choice.
2019 FDA Report
Susan Thixton, Truth About Pet Food