Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Should You Worry?

In the past few months we have been seeing an influx of worried customers. We would like our customers to know that we are doing all we can to stay on top of all the information and only wish the best for our four legged loved ones.

On June 27th the FDA released a statement examining and discussing the causes of DCM in dogs. They released a list of dog food brands that correlated with the dogs affected by DCM. Even with the list, the FDA states “Based on the data collected and analyzed thus far, the agency believes that the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.” (FDA)

We would like to make it clear that there has been no proven cause of DCM even with the FDA’s recent release of brand names. In the article the FDA released they state that, “At this time, it is not clear what it is about these diets that may be connected to DCM in dogs.” (FDA) Because of this they are not suggesting dietary changes. It should also be understood that DCM is not a new disease. There have been studies on DCM going back into the 90’s. Because of the publicity more people have been having their pets tested and in turn there have been more reported cases. So even before grain free diets we saw cases of DCM in pets.

Even so, many of our brands are well funded, and have dieticians and veterinarians who assist in creating optimal diets for our pets. The foods we carry are American made, American sourced, and some even human grade. We believe our pets deserve the best and will continue to carry those foods.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Petz Place employees. We strive to understand anything pet related and will continue to do our research as more comes to light about DCM.

Check out this video from Champion Petfoods: