Your Dog and DCM - What YOU should know!

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Your Dog and DCM - What YOU should know!

As many of you are aware there has been recently released information by FDA regarding DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) and certain brands of popular premium foods. This information is alarming and we certainly do not to wish to downplay the risks of this disease. Just like you we are concerned pet owners and the safety and well being of your pets is our top priority.

As many of you are aware there has been recently released information by FDA regarding DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) and certain brands of popular premium foods. This information is alarming and we certainly do not to wish to downplay the risks of this disease. Just like you we are concerned pet owners and the safety and well being of your pets is our top priority.

Here's what we know so far:

  • This report update by the FDA does NOT provide any definitive scientific link between grain-free diets or any specific ingredients with DCM. This is also NOT a recall.
  • Originally it was thought that the high inclusion of peas/legumes blocked the absorption of taurine, an amino acid required for heart health. Dogs require trace amount of taurine and manufacture their own, so adding it to the food is not necessary. With that said, since the news broke, most premium food manufacturers began adding taurine to their foods as a precaution.
  • The FDA published a graphic that names some brands of foods being consumed by dogs/cats with reported cases of DCM. If you look at the case-by-case link they provided, however, you’ll see there are brands like Hills and Purina on the list as well as “unnamed” or “unknown” manufacturers that were not included in the needlessly panic-inducing chart they provided.
  • In the past 5 years, 524 cases of DCM have been reported to the FDA. There are approximately 77 million dogs in the United States. This means approximately 0.0000068% (yes, that’s millionths of a percent) of dogs in the US are afflicted with DCM. Compare that to more than 65% of dogs who are afflicted with cancer, and it might help put the “issue” into more perspective. The report even specifically states that “most dogs in the U.S. have been eating pet food without…developing DCM.”
  • Based on this report/update, we do not see any scientific link between diet and DCM and diet. The FDA does not recommend switching foods at this time, especially if your pet is doing well on it.

If you are still concerned, we are here for you! Don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. If you still worried about feeding your dog a grain free diet, we have grain inclusive options for you to consider. Come by and talk to us!

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