Pet Food Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy: DCM


Dilated Cardiomyopathy: DCM


This disease has been a hot topic of discussion for the better part of the past two years in the dog world. DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle, resulting in an enlarged heart.


Initially, grain-free Pet Food diets were thought to perhaps contribute to DCM. However, after extensive research and studies, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that there is no scientific evidence that a grain-free diet causes canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).


Dr. Steven Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, acknowledged that the “complex scientific messaging” on DCM and diet has contributed to misinterpretation about the safety of a grain-free diet. DCM impacts approximately 1 percent of dogs in the United States. Historically, DCM has been linked to genetic predispositions, but emerging science has demonstrated an array of factors that may contribute to DCM, including breed, genetics, biology, pre-existing health conditions, digestive issues, obesity, processing of key nutrients, and activity level.


Dr. Solomon’s full remarks are available online.