Grain in or grain free? Let’s dive into the controversy surrounding the great grain debate and DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) which is a primary disease of cardiac muscle that results in a decreased ability of the heart to generate pressure to pump blood through the vascular system.
In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investing reports of DCM in dogs eating certain pet foods. Big Pet Food manufacturers were blaming BEG ( Boutique, Exotic and Grain-Free) diets. Grain-free pet food was at the top of the list, being blamed for causing DCM.
The big question is : Does anyone really know what causes DCM?
Answer: “The definitive cause of DCM is unknown.”
Unfortunately for the Big Pet Food manufacturers, the fabricated myths of grain-free foods causing DCM has been disproven time and time again.
The FDA has acknowledged that grain-free diets are not inherently dangerous and there has been no proven link between DCM and grain-free diets. The FDA also acknowledges that they have received reports of non-hereditary DCM associated with BOTH grain-free and grain-containing diets.
Grain inclusive or grain-free is not the question. High quality, low carb diets will always be the best defense for our furry friends.
Removing grains from dry food does not make it lower in carbs. Carbs are needed to keep dry food in it’s kibble form. Here’s how to calculate how many carbs are in your pets dry food:
Protein + Fat + Moisture + Ash, then subtract from 100 = Carbohydrates (This method works for dry food only.)
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