The FDA has been investigating a potential link between diet and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). As a result of the most recent update, we learned that several pet parents who feed their dog a Merrick diet have reported a case to the FDA. The FDA cannot attest to whether these case reports are linked to diet, but we are working with them to learn more. As of today, the nature of a possible connection between food and DCM in dogs has not been determined.
We love our pets and are dedicated to making the safest and highest-quality food for them. All our protein-rich diets, including those that are grain-free, are formulated to be complete and balanced and meet or exceed the nutritional guidelines set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). We fully support the FDA’s efforts to research any potential links between diet and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and are committed to working with the FDA and veterinarians to better understand this complex topic.
If you have any questions about your dog’s diet, we encourage you to talk with your veterinarian. Our Pet Parent Relations team is also available at 800-664-7387 or via email to answer any questions you might have. For additional information about this topic, please visit our DCM page.News Room