The FDA has reported 16 different brands of dog food that can cause canine dilated cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease that affects dogs. The disease causes heart failure, which leads to death. There seems to be a genetic component in the disease, with larger dogs being affected more commonly; however, it has also killed several smaller dogs too.
Golden Retrievers seem to be the most susceptible, according to complaints made to the FDA. The dog foods on the list usually contain potatoes, lentils, peas, or legume seeds, and are also grain-free—this may be related to the disease..
In the report, the FDA stated that they are using a variety of scientific investigation methods to gain more information about this problem.
The brands of food that the FDA listed are Fromm, California Natural, NutriSource, Natural Balance, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Zignature, Acana, 4Health, Earthborn Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Nature’s Variety, Nutro, and Racheal Ray Nutrish.