FDA identifies dog food brands connected to heart disease

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The Food and Drug Administration has identified more than a dozen brands of dog food that could be connected to canine heart disease.

After an investigation that began almost a year ago in which the FDA said it was investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs eating certain pet foods, the agency has identified 16 dog food brands, many labeled as “grain-free” as the culprits.

The main cause appears to be due to the high proportion of peas, lentils, and potatoes as main ingredients. The FDA noted that pet owners aren’t being told to stop using the food outright, but instead to talk with a veterinarian first.

We have a full list of the brands below, plus a link to the complete report here.


Blue Buffalo

California Natural

Earthborn Holistic




Natural Balance

Nature’s Domain

Nature’s Variety




Rachael Ray Nutrish

Taste of the Wild