What Is Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy is usually considered a genetic condition that often leads to heart failure in dogs. In this condition, the heart’s left ventricle becomes enlarged and weakened, adversely affecting the heart’s ability to properly pump blood throughout the dog’s body. It is one of the most common forms of heart disease found in dogs.
Large breed dogs are considered genetically predisposed to the condition. Breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Irish Wolfhounds, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds have been known to develop the condition.
According to the FDA report, “Genetic forms of DCM tend to affect male large and giant breed dogs beginning in middle to older age.” The average age of dogs affected is 6.6 years and the average weight is 67.8 pounds with 58% being reported as male dogs.
What Can You Do If Your Dog Has Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy?
If your dog has DCM, discuss your options, including nutritional options, with your trusted veterinarian. You can also contact your dog’s pet food manufacturer for diet-specific advice.
If you believe your dog has DCM related to pet food, you can submit a claim to the FDA here.
The FDA had this to say about pet parent’s concerns surrounding the issue, “We understand the concerns that pet owners have about these reports: the illnesses can be severe, even fatal, and many cases report eating “grain-free” labeled pet food. The FDA is using a range of science-based investigative tools as it strives to learn more about this emergence of DCM and its potential link to certain diets or ingredients…Another puzzling aspect of the recent spike in DCM cases is that they have occurred just in the last few years. The FDA is working with the pet food industry to better understand whether changes in ingredients, ingredient sourcing, processing or formulation may have contributed to the development of DCM.”