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Jul 02, 2020
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Study Shows No Link Between DCM and Grain-Free Pet Diets

Jul 02, 2020

As a leader in pet nutrition, Healthy Spot will always provide the latest updates along with our thoughts on important topics to help you make the healthiest lifestyle choices for your pet.

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It has been hypothesized by the FDA that grain-free pet diets may lead to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, but new research is suggesting otherwise. DCM is the second most common form of heart disease, where the pet’s heart fails to pump effectively. According to the authors of an article published in the Journal of Animal Science on June 15, 2020, there is no definitive link between DCM and grain-free, legume-rich pet food diets. 

The research was completed by BSM partners, a pet care research and consulting company. According to an article published in Pet Product News, “The research group included veterinarians, veterinary cardiologists and animal nutritionists...who analyzed more than 150 studies for the peer-reviewed article.”

Within the research, they found that DCM is primarily an inherited disease and has no connection to a dog’s diet. Further studies may be conducted in the future to learn more about the connection between DCM and dogs.

This is good news for those dedicated to feeding their pets grain-free diets, such as frozen raw or grain-free kibbles. Feeding your cat or dog raw, which is grain-free, can have many positive effects on your pets health such as weight control, improved digestion, increased energy, softer coat and healthier skin. While Healthy Spot offers foods that are both grain-free and contain wholesome grain, we believe that the quality of the ingredients is the most important element in determining if a food is healthy for your pet. We encourage you to speak with a team member the next time you are in one of our stores to discuss what food might work best for your cat or dog. You can also browse our selection of foods that we sell online here.

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