The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
So here is the weird rub in regards to this issue. Not all dogs diagnosed with DCM on grain free diets were deficient in Taurine. So the cause is still under investigation. It is going to take a while and many tests and many dogs added to the study to get a better handle on what's happening and narrow down the cause or correlation.
As a cardio tech, I personally saw 3 dogs last week with DCM in breeds that are not normally prone to it. They were all on grain free food. But no one knows WHY.
My best recommendation, if you have your dog in grain free because it's the "in thing to do" or because you heard "it's better than food with grain" but your dog does not ACTUALLY need to be on grain free, then find a different diet.
"So that others may live"
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