A Step too Far – The Reality of Grain Free Pet Food and DCM

May 20, 2021 | Logan Simmons
In 2018 and 2019, the Food and Drug Administration released a report outlining that 150 dogs that ha

In 2018 and 2019, the Food and Drug Administration released a report outlining that 150 dogs that had developed canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is a heart condition, by which the 150 dogs were not typically a breed that gets this disease.  In this report, it was interpreted that these dogs’ conditions could be related to eating a grain free diet.  However, it turns out that this conclusion was based on miss-leading facts.

The FDA acknowledged that the occurrence of the DCM could also be related to, but not limited to, breed, age, weight, gastrointestinal disease, atopy, infection and more.  Also, if the dogs recovered from DCM, the FDA could not solely attribute the recovery to the removal of grain free food from the dogs’ diets as the dogs were also given supplemental taurine and other drugs.  However, in spite of this, many in the public latched onto the idea that grain free food could be the cause of the DCM.

Interest in DCM escalated among the public, and the FDA received an increase in reports of DCM in dogs. Nevertheless, it was later determined that a large portion of these cases were not DCM at all and that these dogs’ supposed grain free diets in fact were also with grain inclusion.

As a result of this, the FDA released a report in September of 2020 stating that grain free diets are not scientifically linked to the occurrence of DCM.  It just goes to show you that you can’t read the headlines.  It’s important to look at research and to look for transparent sources of information.

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