What Do You Need To Know About DCM?

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The Facts

  • DCM is a rare heart condition that can have many causes.
  • The FDA has received a high level of reported cases recently and suspects it may be linked to diet.
  • The FDA is investigating a potential dietary link between DCM and dogs eating certain foods that are high in legumes (peas or lentils), legume seeds, or potatoes. 
  • In some, but not all, of the reported cases, dogs were eating diets labeled as "grain-free".
  • No products from The Pet Gourmet have been linked to DCM.
  • Taurine deficiencies have been speculated as causing diet-related DCM.
  • The Pet Gourmet continues to work with certificated pet nutritionists to monitor the situation.

What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy and how might it affect my dog?

DCM stands for Dilated Cardiomyopathy. DCM is a disease of a dog's heart that results in an enlarged heart. As the heart grows in size, it becomes harder for the heart to pump and heart valves may start to leak, which can lead to a buildup of fluids in the chest and abdomen. If DCM is caught early, heart function may improve.

Symptoms can include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Pale gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting
  • Periods of weakness

What is the FDA saying?

The FDA has not proven that grain-free diets or diets with a high concentration of legumes, legume seeds, or potatoes are causing DCM. The FDA is recommending that changes in diet should be made with the consultation of a licensed veterinarian. You can find more information about the FDA's statements regarding DCM online at www.fda.gov.

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