Your dog may be at risk for developing heart disease based on their food

Thursday’s announcement named 16 pet food brands most frequently identified in 524 reported cases, which included 515 dogs and nine cats

The report says large and giant breed dogs are most typically affected, with cases being most prevalent in golden retrievers

Cats are more likely to develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which also is heart disease, the report notes

In most of the cases, the dogs ate dry food formulations. The investigation also looked into the ingredients or characteristics of the dogs’ diets

It’s not known how commonly dogs develop DCM, but the increase in reports to FDA signal a potential increase in cases of DCM in dogs not genetically predisposed

Our own research, and the millions of pets who have thrived by eating our food over 25 years, have shown that Champion pet foods are safe

Pet owners are advised to contact their veterinarian as soon as possible if a dog is showing possible signs of DCM or other heart conditions