AN UPDATE ON DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY (DCM)
June 26, 2019
share this post:
In July 2018, the FDA announced it was investigating whether or not there is a link between grain free diets, low taurine, and the suspected increased occurrence of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).
The FDA provided an update in June 2019, that contained its research to-date, and communicated that it is continuing the investigation. The research presented does not show a dietary link between grain free diets (or any specific ingredient) and the occurrence of DCM. While grain free diets are heavily represented in the data, the exact cause of recently reported incidents of DCM has not yet been identified, and it is possible that multiple factors are playing a role, including genetic predisposition.
We know that this subject can be confusing to navigate, but we’d like to assure that we have full confidence that our recipes provide safe, nutritious, healthy options for dogs and cats.
We’ve been making healthy, human grade foods for pets since 2002, all of which have a track record of making a positive tangible impact to the health of hundreds of thousands of pets. All our recipes are made with human food ingredients (sourced from the human food chain) and are produced in a human food facility for the highest level of quality control.
In formulating our diets, we work closely with several Veterinary Doctors and a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist. Based on our formulations, nutritional profiles, independent laboratory data as well as a comprehensive review of all the currently available research, we continue to have the highest confidence that our foods are properly made and formulated, in accordance with the peer-reviewed research that exists to date.
We believe that a healthy, balanced diet includes variety. All of our grain free and whole grain diets contain a high percentage of meat, and healthy carbohydrate sources, such as grains, potatoes, and/or legumes in moderation. We don’t believe you should have concerns over feeding a grain free diet, as per the recommendations from the FDA, “…before making diet changes, pet owners should work directly with their veterinarians, who may consult with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, to determine the most appropriate diet for their pet’s specific needs.” However, we do have a line of human grain, whole grain diets if you would feel most comfortable switching to a grain-inclusive recipe.
There’s still much to learn, and we would like to thank the FDA and the Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates (CVCA) for their continued research and dedication to pet health.
Ultimately, your pet is our number one concern, and we are 100% committed to their health. We’re continuing to closely monitor the study from the FDA with our team of veterinary partners, and we will keep you posted as new information becomes available. We know that this issue can be confusing, with conflicting information, and we’re happy to help you navigate any questions or issues you have.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 866 437 9729.