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BSM Partners is a full-service pet care research, consulting, and strategy-to-shelf product innovation firm tackling DCM.  

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)


A Devastating Disease

with Multiple Causes

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common cardiomyopathy in the dog, resulting in thinning of the heart muscle, decreased pump function, congestive heart failure, dangerous arrhythmias, and, often, sudden cardiac death. 


While DCM is a primarily inherited disease, other complex disease processes may also lead to DCM phenotype. 

Over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the number and sales of grain-free and legume-rich dog foods and treats, and today millions of dogs are thriving on these diets. 

There has also been discussion about a speculated link between grain-free and legume-rich diets and DCM. At the moment, there is no research showing a definitive connection, and more data is needed to draw sound conclusions about the relationship between nutrition and the heart health of dogs.  

The Role
of Nutrition
Dog Walker


The health of our animal companions is at the forefront of what we do every day at BSM Partners. With the goal of bridging the gaps in canine DCM research, BSM Partners, the leading pet care research and consulting firm, and its team of veterinarians, veterinary cardiologists, and animal nutritionists have launched a multi-faceted research initiative to implement multiple scientific studies evaluating key aspects of DCM.  They also encourage their peers in the scientific community to perform and publish further peer-reviewed controlled studies on this topic.

The aim of BSM’s research is to further our understanding of canine metabolism, including the effect of grain-free and legume-rich diets on canine amino acid metabolism and cardiac health. Our research will improve the understanding of the underlying etiologies of DCM; ultimately leading to better health outcomes for our pets. 


Dogs with Dog Food Jar
dog food
Eating Puppy

BSM Partners is a full-service pet care research, consulting, and strategy-to-shelf product innovation firm. BSM Partners' research professionals collaborate with hundreds of clients ranging from the largest companies to individual entrepreneurs to formulate, review and advise on the development of hundreds of new products each year, including grain-free and grain-inclusive dog foods, treats, and supplements.



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