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JULY 17,2019 UPDATE
GRAIN FREE DIETS &
DCM (DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY)
The FDA is currently investigating a link between grain-free diets and a condition called DCM affecting dogs. DCM essentially is when the heart becomes very enlarged and leads to a lot of different side effects, which can be fatal. (Several dogs have died).
To date there have been over 500 reported cases (with many going unreporting). The affected diets cover a range of brands, with most (93%) of them grain-free diets containing legumes (peas, lentils, chickpeas, etc).
The pathogenesis – why these diets are causing this issue is unknown.
· Avoid all grain-free diets.
o AVOID RAW DIETS –these have been linked as well
· Only feed diets that are AAFCO certified.
(Association of American Feed Control Officials)
· If you are concerned, bring your pets in for testing (radiographs + ECGs)
· DCM symptoms
o Difficulty breathing
For more info, go to :
shorter link: tinyurl.com/y64awdl3