BSM Partners, the leading pet care research and consulting company, and its team of veterinarians, veterinary cardiologists, and animal nutritionists today announced the launch of a multi-faceted research project focused on the heart health of dogs. Despite much discussion regarding the hypothesized link between grain-free and legume-rich diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), more data is needed to draw sound conclusions about the relationship between nutrition and canine cardiac disease.   

BSM Partners has made a significant commitment to perform multiple scientific studies that will examine many aspects of DCM, including the effect of grain-free and legume-rich diets. This includes original research related to cardiac function and the absorption and metabolism of amino acids in dogs eating diets that are grain-free and high in legumes.

As part of this effort, a comprehensive literature review on the topic has already been approved for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. 

“The aim is to further our understanding of animal science and fill in the large gaps that currently exist in the scientific literature with respect to grain-free and legume-rich diets, and DCM,” said Dr. Renee Streeter, a Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistTM at BSM Partners. “We want to make sure that dog owners, the veterinary community, and the public are aware of the verified causes of DCM, which will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for our pets.”

BSM Partners is a full-service pet care research, consulting, and strategy-to-shelf product innovation company. BSM Partners’ research professionals collaborate with hundreds of clients to formulate, validate and process roughly 800 new products each year.