Recently there has been a lot of publicity about a possible link between grain free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) – this recent article aims to sort the facts from the fiction.
Here’s some of the key points:
- This does not appear to be just an issue with grain-free diets. The apparent link between diets and DCM may be due to ingredients used to replace grains in grain-free diets, such as lentils or chickpeas, but also may be due to other common ingredients commonly found in BEG diets, such as exotic meats, vegetables, and fruits.
- Grain free diets are thought to cause low taurine but most dogs diagnosed with DCM have normal blood taurine levels
- Raw or home made diets are not safe alternatives.
For further information on the link between diet and DCM see this article and for more on raw diets click here.