In 2018, the FDA first reported a potential association between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and diet. The FDA has never recommended that Pet Lovers change their pets’ foods and did not request any recalls from pet food manufacturers. To date, review of available scientific literature and research on DCM has found there is no definitive, scientific link between DCM and our foods or grain-free diets. Currently, researchers attribute many factors as possible causes for DCM in dogs, including genetics, breeding and lifestyle. Unfortunately, this is an issue that has been sensationalized by many in the industry who stood to gain from calling into question grain-free foods and by the media looking for eye-catching headlines. Tens of millions of Pet Lovers continue to feed their dogs a grain-free diet, including the food we make, and animals thrive on them. We remain steadfast when it comes to the safety of our food. As the FDA continues to investigate any connection between DCM and diet, Champion is working with the agency’s scientists, the pet food industry, our in-house experts and independent researchers to advance our broader understanding of DCM, identify its cause and risk factors for the condition. The goal of this research is to ensure Pet Lovers feel confident in the premium nutrition choices they are making. We continue to test out food every day to ensure we are meeting all quality and safety standards and to deliver the best possible nutrition for pets. This article, appearing in the journal of Animal Science
, provides an overview of the scientific literature on the issue.