Recently, a correlation between diets with specific characteristics, such as, but not limited to, containing legumes, grain-free, novel protein sources and ingredients, and smaller manufactured brands to DCM has come under scrutiny by academic researchers and the FDA. The use of the acronym “BEG” and its association with DCM are without merit because there is no definitive evidence in the literature. At this time, information distributed to the veterinary community and the general public has been abbreviated synopses of case studies, with multiple variables and treatments, incomplete medical information, and conflicting medical data and opinions from veterinary nutrition influencers. Also, in past literature, sampling bias, overrepresentation of subgroups, and confounding variables in the data weaken this hypothesis. Additionally, based on current literature, the incidence of DCM in the overall dog population is estimated to be between 0.5% and 1.3% in the United States. However, the FDA case numbers (560 dogs) are well below the estimated prevalence. Therefore, it is impossible to draw any definitive conclusions, in these cases, linking specific diets or specific ingredients to DCM.
DCM is a multifactorial medical condition with many proven etiologies and potential causes contributing to the development of the disease. Therefore, prospective studies investigating, not only diet, but also infection, metabolism, and genetic involvement, must be conducted. In hopes of better understanding a potential correlation with diets to DCM, more objective data need to be collected and analyzed, without sampling bias and confounding factors. While determining the cause of recently reported cases of cardiac disease is of the utmost importance, based on this review of the current literature, there is no definitive relationship these implicated diet characteristics and DCM.
The Itchy Scratchies
The everyday "itchy scratchies" is another topic that comes up a lot. While the most common reason we come across is some sort of food allergy, sometimes it is as simple as adding a good source of Omega-3's to your pets diet. Read this article about adding krill oil to your pets food.
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The Purrfect Coat
To keep your pet's coat in purrfect shape, it is important to have them groomed every 6-8 weeks. In addition to regular grooming appointments, brushing your pet's coat at least twice a week (more for longer coated dogs) from head to toe will help keep them tangle free and reduce shedding. If you need help choosing the right brush for your pet, we are here to help! Just as any of our experienced staff members for advice!
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