DCM & Grain-Free Dog Food
As a Wag N’ Wash customer, your cats and dogs are more than just pets, they are cherished members of your family. Although we are happy to review alternative foods to avoid speculated risks, we would like to offer a few key points to consider around the current investigation by the FDA linking grain-free foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
- In a preliminary report, the FDA began to investigate the potential dietary link between canine DCM and dogs eating certain types of grain-free pet foods containing legumes, peas, lentils, and potatoes. The report does not provide any scientific findings linking pet nutrition and DCM.
- DCM is a disorder that causes weakening of the heart muscle which can lead to heart failure if untreated.
- The FDA has announced they have over 500 reports linking dog foods labeled as “grain-free” to DCM. This represents a very small portion of the total number of dogs in the US. They are currently gathering information as part of their evaluation process. As of today, there are no specific findings to confirm the report.
- The report notes, “That not one animal protein source was predominant,” in the development of DCM. Meaning, chicken, pork, beef, fish, or any exotic proteins are being targeted.
- 16 total brands of dog food were listed in the report, several of which are sold in our Wag N’ Wash stores. The findings linked not only dry food but also raw, semi-moist and wet foods.
- Taurine has been recognized as an amino acid that may be helpful for dogs with onset DCM. Most of our foods have elevated levels of taurine, amino acids and L-Carnitine as a preventative measure. Taurine can also be offered as a supplement which we sell in various forms in our store.
Click here to view the full FDA report.
Call or visit us today to review the wide variety of alternative options of dog food we carry if you feel more comfortable feeding a different food during the investigation. We are committed to offering your companion the most biologically appropriate diet at all price points and will continue to offer high quality nutrient dense foods.
If you’ve been feeding your companion a grain-free diet and are concerned, call your veterinarian today as blood tests can be done to diagnose low taurine levels and to check for DCM.
We will provide updated information from the FDA as it becomes available.