Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a form of heart disease that affects the heart muscle and its ability to pump properly. The veterinary community has been seeing a marked rise in cases of DCM over the last few years.

Recent research has shown a link to heart disease with grain free diets in dogs. The common factor was a diet heavy in peas and lentils — carbohydrates typically intended to replace grains.

The original concern was noted about two years ago with the first formal FDA notification sent out July 2018. In the last year, the FDA has been compiling cases and recently released their latest findings (6/27/19). Sixteen common over the counter foods were listed in these findings. Overall, the majority of cases were attributed to grain free diets high in peas and lentils. This information has not been confirmed through any formal studies but does raise a level of concern for our pet population.

We would like to make sure you have all the information currently available with the list of food brands that were reported.

The following link is the most recent FDA report:

www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy

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