The FDA is investigating reports of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs that may be associated with certain diets. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a heart condition in which the dog’s heart muscle is weakened and thin and cannot pump blood adequately, and unfortunately, it can be fatal. Some dog breeds have higher risk for dilated cardiomyopathy because of their genetics, but bloodhounds are not one of these breeds. However, dilated cardiomyopathy has been reported in bloodhounds in association with the diets mentioned above. The investigation is still ongoing, and this post is simply to help alert and educate the public about the issue.
Link to the announcement from the FDA is here: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/outbreaks-and-advisories/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy