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FDA Warning about Diet Associated Heart Failure

The FDA is currently investigating a potential link between certain diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)- a certain type of heart failure that can be fatal. Symptoms generally do not develop until the disease is very severe and irreversible. They include exercise intolerance, coughing lethargy (acting tired), and respiratory distress.

“Grain-Free” diets, diets including peas/lentils or potatoes/sweet potatoes, and diets with exotic proteins are those that apparently carry the greatest risk. Both the Kirkland and Costco “Nature’s Domain” grain-free foods have been included in the report.

At this point, the exact cause of DCM in these dogs is still under investigation.

DCM is a very rare type of heart failure that was previously known to occur mostly in dogs genetically predisposed to it (ie Dobermans, Great Danes), but it is now being found by cardiologists in both dogs (especially Golden Retrievers) and cats without a genetic predisposition.

If you are concerned that your pet is at increased risk of DCM, especially if they are displaying any symptoms there are few things you can do:

  • Schedule your pet for an appointment for an exam and nutrition consultation.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about switching your dog’s food to a diet that meets the highest AAFCO feeding standards such as Royal Canin, Purina PRO Plan, Science Diet, and Iams
  • Consider testing to make sure that your dog has no nutrient deficiencies or changes to their heart structure

For more information, please see the following websites:

What we’re all about:

Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic is Park City, Utah’s premier and fastest growing veterinary hospital for wellness care, dentistry, laser therapy, dog training, and more. Established in 2013 by Park City local Dr. Kate Bjordahl, the state-of-the-art facility overlooks expansive views of the Jeremy Ranch hillsides. We pride ourselves in a welcoming facility that both pets and their owners enjoy visiting. We know your time is valuable, so we ensure very little wait times and drop-off appointments.

We’re there for all stages of your pet’s life.

Pet Wellness Care

We have a plan ready for cats and dogs of all ages that includes a health plan, vaccinations, lab work, spay/neuter, and microchipping.


Dr. Kristen Blum, DVM, CCRT has been certified in canine rehabilitation in 2009 and runs our canine rehabilitation program. Her gentle way with pets and hands-on approach yield great results.

Thank you for making us the highest-rated veterinary hospital in Park City, UT!

"Great vets! Friendly service. With Powder Paws, especially, Dr. Kate, I know my dogs and cats are getting the best care. Dr. Kate came out on a holiday weekend to help when my dog had an infection in her foot!"

– Cindy Hair

"I felt very confident with all of their staff, particularly the owner! Not only were they very flexible and honest, but they put my mind at ease, and took great care of Makawee. I could not be happier that I have transferred all of my pets to this practice. Thank you Powder Paws!"

– Nicole H.

"Powder Paws is hands down the best veterinarian service. They treat all animals like they are their own. Such an amazing and kind staff to work with. Everyone has a good attitude and is willing to do everything in there power to get all the wellness of you pet. Would recommend to anyone wanting to find a vet that is willing to treat you pet like one of their own with kindness, love, and caring."

– Felix C.

"Such a great place! Each staff member and doctor constantly has your pet's best interests in mind. They're incredibly helpful, patient, and kind to their human patrons as well. Would highly recommend!"

– Melissa R.

We’re certified Cat Friendly!

The Cat Friendly Practice Program was developed to help veterinarians address the unique needs of cats in veterinary practice.

Every day at Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic is full of joy!