Dr. Andrew Jones Reviews FDA Study on Dog Food and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Welcome to our latest update on Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, specifically relating to diet. This year, we’re excited to host a new webinar on DCM and dog food, and you’re invited to join us!

But first, let’s explore whether DCM is still a concern for our canine friends and what current best dietary practices you should consider for your dog.

Is DCM Still a Concern for Dogs?
The answer is both yes and no. While some veterinary cardiologists report seeing cases of DCM weekly, the condition varies greatly depending on genetics and diet. For instance, breeds like Dobermans, Great Danes, Boxers, and Spaniels have a genetic predisposition to DCM. However, diet-induced DCM has appeared in breeds previously not known for the condition, such as Golden Retrievers.

The Link Between Diet and DCM
The FDA first warned pet owners about DCM related to diet back in 2018. The heart of a dog with DCM becomes thin and dilated, making it difficult to pump blood effectively. In late 2022, the FDA reported 1,400 cases, indicating that while the numbers may seem small relative to the total dog population, the issue hasn’t disappeared.

Recent Research and Findings
Recent studies, including one from the University of Saskatchewan, have shed light on potential dietary causes. This study evaluated the effects of three different diets on Beagles over 28 days. The results suggested a link between high-pea diets and changes in heart conditions indicative of DCM, though the exact component causing DCM remains unknown.

Join us for an updated discussion on DCM and dog food. Learn what dog foods and ingredients are safe, which ones to avoid, and gain access to my newly revised dog food list. We will delve into the most important diseases linked to diet and showcase top natural remedies.

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