The news is awash with this!
As I am sure most of you know, I follow and research on most things dog, especially nutrition related issues. Many of you probably do not know that Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is especially close to my heart. DCM is prevalent, genetically, in several breeds, as are many heart issues. Breeds such as Dobermans, Boxers, Great Danes and Cocker Spaniels suffer from confirmed genetic forms of this disease. It is a devastating disease, I know first hand, having lost one of my beloved Danes to DCM.
Since the original heads-up alert on this in July 2018, I have struggled a bit with wanting to share some of this. I struggle because this is seriously important science, especially for those of us with breeds prone to this disease, for those of us who have lost dogs to this disease. I have held back, waiting for some definitive answers, proof, real science, and on some levels, hope we have a piece of the puzzle. Sadly, at this time, there isn't any.
This is a very complicated subject, so I have decided to break this information down into two separate posts. This post will be for the vast majority of dogs and their owners, just the facts jack. The second article will be the down and dirty as to my thoughts about why this "science" is bad science and actually detrimental to dogdom. The second article will have much more discussion about the science, about grain free foods, about peas and lentils, and nutrition in general.
So, according to the FDA Update and the Vet-LIRN Investigation, this is what we know to date:
"The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are 77 million pet dogs in the Untied States. Most dogs in the US have been eating pet food without apparently developing DCM. It's not known how commonly dogs develop DCM, but the increase in reports to FDA signal a potential increase in cases of DCM in dogs not genetically predisposed."
As of the FDA's June 27, 2019 Update, from January, 2014 - April 30, 2019 515 dogs (including dogs genetically predisposed to DCM) were reported to the FDA for potential diet related DCM.
Doing the math, that means that DCM, potentially related to diet, has been reported in .0000068 of dogs, or 7 dogs in 1 million.
Also included in the release were, styles of food reported, protein reported, breeds, and brands. (shown below)