FDA has now vowed to disclose the current dog DCM case count within six weeks. Hundreds of dogs and nearly three years have passed since the last update.
It’s been nearly three years since the FDA issued its last update on a deadly heart condition’s connection to certain types of popular dog foods, including pricey “human grade,” million-dollar-marketing blockbusters like The Farmer’s Dog.
After sounding the alarm in three major warnings – the first in 2018 and two more in 2019 – which led the news for more than a week each time, and despite the fact that cases including deaths continued to accumulate – something that’s known anecdotally and because there have now been nearly a dozen peer reviewed studies published by America’s leading veterinary cardiologists and nutritionists – despite all of this, the FDA stopped warning the public after 2019 or making any disclosures at all about DCM in dogs after 2020. Yet, the foods in question have remained on shelves. Owners continue to get the bad news, often far too late for any hope of recovery — which is another unique element of the “non-hereditary” or “nutrition” DCM saga: the fact that veterinarians in the trenches are finding this newer “non-hereditary” canine DCM tied to pet food unique in that it is reversible, unlike its hereditary counterpart.
Veterinarians and impacted owners of dogs have been calling on the FDA to update the public for three long years.
Now, the FDA has just vowed to update the canine DCM case count for the first time in years in the next six weeks.
More to come.