Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a form of heart disease in dogs. It has long been associated with certain (mostly large breed) dogs who appear to be genetically predisposed to the disease. This list of breeds includes:

Boxers, Doberman Pinchers, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, Saint Bernards, German Shepherds, Cocker Spaniels, English Spaniels, Portuguese Waterdogs, Scottish Deerhounds, Mastifs, and King Charles Cavalier Spaniels.

Taurine (an amino acid) deficiency has been known to increase the risk of developing DCM so veterinarians have long recommended foods high in natural sources of Taurine for these dogs.

WHY THIS MATTERS - Recently, the FDA has been alerted to an increase in cases of DCM in breeds of dogs not typically associated with the disease (including a number of smaller breed dogs). There is no known link (other than genetics and taurine deficiency) for the increase in cases of DCM but the FDA is exploring several hypothesis linked to diet including the feeding of foods containing peas, lentils, potatoes, chickpeas, and legumes as well as the exclusive feeding of grain-free dog food.


Aug 11, 2020 • Posted by Lauren | COAST+RANGE Customer Service

Hi Beth! I’m so sorry that your pup has skin issues and the heart murmur! Our foods (including our no-grain options) are high in natural taurine and also include key nutrients like choline, carnitine, and potassium for heart health. We have more information about DCM and heart related issues under the ‘Education’ tab of this website that may be helpful to check out!

I would recommend giving one or more of our formulas a try! You can order $1 samples on the ‘Order’ page of this website for a flat $3 to ship anywhere in the U.S. excluding AK + HI! When you begin ordering (either a subscription, one-time order, or sample) you will be prompted to fill out a short questionnaire where you can include information about your pup’s skin condition and heart murmur. We will recommend formulas that are best for those conditions and will also take breed, age, weight, weight goals, activity level, and body condition into consideration as well.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email, call, or live chat with us anytime!

- Lauren

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Aug 11, 2020 • Posted by COAST+RANGE Customer Service

Hi Elizabeth! Unfortunately, we do not currently ship to Canada.

Aug 11, 2020 • Posted by Elizabeth Oliveira

Hello, I have a Bichonpoodle male neutered healthy i was interested in trying your food, but you don’t delivery to Canada correct?

Aug 11, 2020 • Posted by Beth

Due to skin issues we were recommended to switch to one type of “gamier” food. We happened to choose salmon/white trout mix of raw food. Today we were told that our airedale has a heart murmur and we should check to make sure she was getting enough taurine. I’m so confused and feeling overwhelmed that In my carefulness to resolve her skin Allergy issues I have heart her heart. Now what?

Jul 28, 2020 • Posted by Lauren | COAST+RANGE Customer Service

Thank you for your comment! I’m so sorry your pups are having trouble with skin allergies! Our two highest protein formulas that are great with dogs with or at risk of DCM are the Beef Formula and the Duck Formula, as they both have high levels of taurine, and inclusions of other key nutrients for DCM like choline, potassium, and carnitine (like all of our formulas).

The Duck Formula uses sweet potato and does not include any grains. The Beef Formula uses an organic brown rice as the grain. Both of these formulas include a cod liver oil which can help with skin + coat health and have a protein minimum of 35%.

We will send you an email with some more information! :) – Lauren

Jul 28, 2020 • Posted by Camelia Menciu

Hello..I have two dogs ,one with skin allergies related,we think,issues and other one with chronic constipation..I end up buying kiwi air dry dog food,it resolved the constipation but not the skin very expressive so I try to mix with Zignature canned food but I saw that is on the list of foods possible dangerous for.. DCM ..what is your suggestion..can you please guide me what food is safe? Kiwi is high protein and my dogs are 30 lb , seniors..thx in advance.. Camelia

Mar 24, 2020 • Posted by COAST+RANGE Customer Service

Hi Trina! Neither Jack Russell Terriers nor Chihuahuas are on the list of breeds that are known to be at risk! We will email you with this list as well as the above article! :)

Mar 24, 2020 • Posted by COAST+RANGE Customer Service

Kari, we are glad we could help you and your dog! :)

Susan, COAST+RANGE Customer Service

Mar 24, 2020 • Posted by Kari

Thank you for your help

Mar 24, 2020 • Posted by Trina

Hello can you send me a list of bread that could be at risk?
I have a Jack Russell mix led maybe with Chihuahua.

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