What Is DCM In Dogs And Can Pet Food Cause It?

DCM is an illness that occurs in a dog’s heart muscle when the heart can’t pump blood efficiently due to weak muscle contractions. When this happens, blood doesn’t circulate through the body very well, and over time the heart stretches and enlarges, according to PetMD. Eventually, without intervention, heart failure can occur. Male dogs are more susceptible than females.

On June 27, the regulatory body listed pet food brands that were connected to cases of the illness for the first time.

Brands included Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Fromm, Merrick, and Orijen. The vast majority of foods mentioned were grain-free and dry kibble, but wet, semi-moist and raw food were also reported, as well as foods with grains.