WHAT IS DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY?

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a form of heart disease in dogs - where the left ventricle gets enlarged - making it difficult for the heart to pump blood. It has long been associated with certain (mostly large breed) dogs who appear to be genetically predisposed to the disease. Click HERE for a list of these breeds. 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. This investigation includes the feeding of foods containing peas, lentils, potatoes, and chickpeas, as well as the exclusive feeding of grain-free dog food.

DOG FOODS WITH GRAINS

All our COAST+RANGE dog food formulas contain no peas, lentils, or chickpeas. Our Beef Formula and Salmon Formula also contain no potatoes and have organic brown rice as the grain. These foods are recommended for dog breeds at risk for DCM and for pet parents who are concerned about feeding low quality or grain-free foods.

WHY THIS MATTERS - Peas, lentils, and chickpeas are cheap fillers with limited nutritional value that the big pet food companies use in their foods. In addition, the FDA is looking into the possible connection between feeding foods with these ingredients and an increase in cases of DCM.

HIGH IN PROTEIN + NATURAL TAURINE

All our COAST+RANGE dog food formulas are high in quality animal protein which is a natural source of amino acids like Taurine (along with Cystine and Methionine which help ensure the absorption and use of ALL amino acids). 

WHY THIS MATTERS – Taurine deficiency has long been associated with an increased risk in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). It is important for dogs at risk for DCM to ensure their foods contain high levels of natural Taurine.

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THE FDA / DCM TIMELINE

Early 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins receiving reports of increased cases of DCM in dogs not typically associated with the disease. The FDA begins working with the Pet Food Institute on potential causes.

June 2018 - The FDA issues a statement that it is exploring several hypothesis regarding the increase in cases of DCM, including the feeding of dog foods made with certain ingredients and the exclusive feeding of grain-free dog foods. Taurine deficiency is reported as the only known cause of DCM and no scientific data or reports were provided at this time.

June 2019 - The FDA issues a second statement listing 16 brands of dog food that had the highest number of cases of DCM reported to the FDA. The FDA reports that the cause of the increase in cases of DCM is still unknown. It also indicates that is is narrowing its focus to ingredients including: peas, lentils, potatoes, legumes and the exclusive feeding of grain-free dog foods. Taurine deficiency is still the only known cause of DCM and no scientific data or reports were provided at this time.

Early 2020 - we have been told to expect an update from the FDA or Pet Food Institute at this time.

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