Yamka, R. 2020. Ethical Advice on Dietary Recommendations in the Shadow of DCM. 2020 VMX Proceedings Pages 524 - 528
Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has been a hot topic in the pet food industry, the veterinary community, the press and among pet owners. Although there may be a potential association, there is no proven direct link (i.e. cause and effect) to grain-free foods (both over the counter or therapeutic) to cause DCM in dogs. In fact, the update provided by the FDA June 27, 2019 stated that they did not identify a direct link of BEG foods to DCM. The FDA is continuing to investigate and gather more information to identify if there is truly a specific dietary link to development of DCM and will provide updates to the public as information develops. In the meantime, we need to understand how the grain-free market has gained traction with consumers over the years and how commercial bias (whether known or unknown) can impact veterinary knowledge and ethics.