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.
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