YAKIMA, Wash. — The FDA has released the names of 16 dog food brands they believe can be associated with heart failures.
The agency did so after receiving about 500 cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
Dog owners are not being suggested to stop using any of the brands listed, but some veterinarians are asking dog owners to switch out of the grain-free diet.
Janet Vorenkamp marketing consultant for KIMA and she says her four-year old German Longhair Pointer named Sunny had to undergo surgery and a change in her diet after veterinarians say the brand she was eating caused a heart murmur.
Vorenkamp has been giving her dog Blue Buffalo, one of the brands listed.
In a Facebook post, Blue Buffalo released a statement saying in part, “(it) has been actively working with the FDA… (and) is evaluating all of the data shared by the F-D-A”
Researches say it is a very complex issue and the FDA has no definitive link between the brands and heart disease.
Although there is no recall either, places like Petco confirms to Action News, it will accept returns of the product within 60 days of a purchase, after that customers can get store credit or exchange the item.