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Is Grain-Free Dog Food Safe?

November 06, 2019

There may be a link between grain-free dog foods and heart disease in dogs.

What We Know

  • Since July of 2018, the FDA has been investigating a potential link between grain-free dog foods and an increase in canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
  • DCM happens when the chambers of the heart are enlarged causing it to have less pressure to pump blood through the body.
  • DCM is harmful at best, and fatal at worst.
  • DCM is most common in larger breeds but has been found in others that aren't genetically predisposed.

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