What Is Dilated Cardiomyopathy In Dogs And Cats?
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If you are feeding your dog a boutique, grain-free, or exotic ingredient diet, watch for early signs of heart disease. Look for weakness, slowing down, less able to exercise, short of breath, coughing, or fainting. Your veterinarian will listen for a heart murmur or abnormal rhythm and may do additional test (or send you to see a cardiologist), such as x-rays, blood tests, electrocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram).
If your dog is diagnosed with DCM and eating of these diets, the following steps are recommended:
Ask your vet to test whole blood and plasma taurine levels
Report it to the FDA. This can be done online or by phone. The FDA may be able to help with testing costs for your dog. Reporting it will also help identify and solve this current problem.
Change your dog’s diet to one made by a well-known reputable company and containing standard ingredients (e.g., chicken, beef, rice, corn, wheat). Changing to a raw or homecooked diet will not protect your dog from this issue (and may increase the risk for other nutritional deficiencies). If your dog requires a homecooked diet or has other medical conditions that require special considerations, be sure to talk to a veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist (acvn.org) before making a dietary change. You can contact the Cummings Nutrition Service to schedule an appointment (email@example.com)
Start taurine supplementation. Your veterinarian or veterinary cardiologist can recommend an appropriate dose for your dog. Be sure to use a brand of taurine with good quality control.
Any improvements in your dog’s DCM can take 3-6 months. Your dog will need regular monitoring and may require heart medications during this time. There’s no guarantee she’ll improve but is certainly worth a try.
Make sure your dog is getting the best combination of medications to treat his heart disease, as this can make a difference in his outcome. You can find a board-certified veterinary cardiologist near you on this website: http://find.vetspecialists.com/
Dilated Cardiomyopathy – An overview of the FDA Investigation: (I received this information from my vet and want to relay it to you).
560 cases of dogs affected by DCM have been reported to the FDA
119 of the 560 cases of DCM affected dogs have resulted in death
91% of DCM cases reported to the FDA were labeled Grain Free
93% of DCM cases reported to the FDA contained peas and/or lentils
Breeds most commonly reported to FDA:
German SH Pointer
Dog food brands linked to 10 or more of the DCM cases reported to the FDA:
Taste of the Wild
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