Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

Find out the latest information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) investigation into a potential correlation between certain pet food ingredients (potatoes, peas, lentils and grain-free diets) and how findings may impact limited-ingredient dog food formulations.

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DCM fear lingers as vets say grain-free pet food unhealthy

In the 2021 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey, veterinarians especially believed that grain-free diets were not healthy for dogs or cats.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has largely abandoned their investigation into correlations among certain dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy, dog food buyers still make purchasing decisions influenced by the investigation.


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Foodomics study not meant to link peas in dog food to DCM

Business-to-consumer news media outlets have covered the research as if it found a causal relationship among certain ingredients, especially peas, and canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
Business-to-consumer news media outlets have covered the research as if it found a causal relationship among certain ingredients, especially peas, and canine dilated cardiomyopathy.
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Sharing pet food analysis data key to avoid another DCM

One response to the DCM situation, the rise of alternative grains, may end up repeating the problem it was meant to fix.
Providing empirical data to back up nutrition claims could help pet food companies avoid another situation like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
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