Webinar: FDA: possible dog food link to canine dilated cardiomyopathy

Online - On-Demand Webinar

Extrutech Webinar logoWatch on-demand now to learn additional causes for the recent spike in atypical cases of canine DCM.

Find out the latest information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) investigation into a potential correlation between certain pet food ingredients and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and what it means for pet food formulations. In addition to a representative of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine providing an update on the investigation, this town hall-style webinar will include experts presenting further issues to consider with the legumes, potatoes and other pet food ingredients under review, plus information and insights from the veterinary clinical perspective.

Speakers include Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., deputy director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine's Office of Surveillance and Compliance; Greg Aldrich, Ph.D., associate research associate professor and coordinator for the pet food program at Kansas State University, president of Pet Food Ingredients & Technology and author of the Ingredient Issues column; and Lisa Freeman, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.N., professor at Cummings School of Veterinary School at Tufts University and board-certified veterinary nutritionist.


  • The newest information from the FDA investigation into the potential link between legumes, potatoes and canine DCM;
  • How other factors with these ingredients, and how they are used in some pet food formulations, might play a role;
  • Possible additional causes for the recent spike in atypical cases of canine DCM;
  • Recommendations to ensure your pet food formulations are safe and healthy for dogs.

This webinar is sponsored by Extrutech and presented by Petfood Industry and WATT Global Media.


Speaker Info:

Dr. Martine Hartogensis, Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of Surveillance and Compliance at Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), FDA

Hartogensis headshot_100pxDr. Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., is the deputy director at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine's (CVM) Office of Surveillance and Compliance. She also serves as the lead for the science policy team and communications efforts for her office, which is responsible for regulating marketed animal drugs, food (including pet food) and devices. Prior to her current role, Hentogensis served as the FDA/CVM promotion & advertising liaison. She worked for several years in small animal practice in Middleburg, Virginia, before joining FDA. She has a degree in animal science and doctor in veterinary medicine degree from Virginia Tech University.


Dr. Greg Aldrich, research associate professor at Kansas State University, and president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc.

Greg Aldrich headshotDr. Greg Aldrich, PhD, president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc., is an independent nutritionist specializing in foods, ingredients and nutrition for companion animals, as well as research associate professor and petfood program coordinator for the petfood research production program at Kansas State University. He writes a monthly column for Petfood Industry magazine on ingredient issues. Aldrich earned his doctorate in nutrition from the University of Illinois, a master of science from the University of Missouri and bachelor of science from Kansas State. He has held management and technical positions with Co-op Feeds, the Iams Co., Kemin Industries Inc. and Menu Foods Ltd. He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Society for Nutrition and American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition. 


Dr. Lisa Freeman, professor at Cummings School of Veterinary School at Tufts University

Greg Aldrich headshotDr. Freeman is a veterinary nutritionist and a professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is on the cutting-edge of science, with hundreds of articles in prestigious journals, speaking engagements at national and international conferences, and awards for her scientific achievements. However, she also is passionate about providing objective and accurate information on pet nutrition to veterinarians, pet owners, and other animal enthusiasts.