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@davegabby ... I read through all those articles you posted. Thanks!
My takeaway: Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) related to dog food Grain Free or Grain Inclusive is another example of the "Publish or Parish" mentality and the media running with and publishing every unproven study as if it's true.
Feed you dog highly quality dog food that they like and stay away from feeding them a lot of exotic foods such as Kangaroo.
Below excerpts from articles that Dave posted links to:
.....DCM impacts less than one percent of U.S. dogs, with .000007% being supposedly related to diet
....DCM is a serious but rare condition. Of note, of the 77 million dogs in the U.S., 0.5% to 1% have DCM, and of those dogs with DCM, less than 0.1% are speculated to have DCM related to diet, although that is not scientifically proven. It is more prevalent in certain breeds, especially many larger dogs.
....Golden Retrievers are predisposed to taurine deficiency which can be linked to DCM. Goldens have been a focus of the studies. ((This is one small study and it also found - 23 out of 24 of these dogs were not getting enough to eat…the recommended amount of food for their size. More importantly, these dogs are genetically predisposed to DCM))
....of the 77 million dogs in the U.S., 0.5% to 1% have DCM, and of those dogs with DCM, approximately 0.1% are speculated to have DCM related to diet, although that is not scientifically proven. There is no causative scientific data drawing conclusions or providing any evidence that links our foods, any grain-free foods, or grain-based foods, whether kibble or air-dried, to DCM
Last edited by Mikki; 07-04-2019 at 11:00 AM.