FDA Finds No Evidence of Grain-Free Diets Causing DCM

The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Director Dr. Steven Solomon of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that there is no scientific evidence that a grain-free diet causes canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in a recent study.

Approximately 1 percent of dogs in the U.S. are affected by DCM. Emerging science included breed, genetics, biology, pre-existing health conditions, digestive issues, obesity, processing of key nutrients and activity level as factors that may contribute to DCM.

Complex scientific messaging related to DCM and diet contributed to misinterpretation of the safety of a grain-free diet, however this study concluded that there is nothing inherently unsafe about a grain-free diet.

“The agency’s latest remarks and findings on DCM confirm that a grain-free diet provides safe and healthy nutrition, and that the risk factors for DCM relate to the dog’s unique health situation,” said Blaine McPeak, chief executive officer of Champion Petfoods. “Evidence shows that the absence of grains in a dog’s diet is not linked to the development of DCM, as the presence of grains in a dog’s diet does not prevent against DCM. We hope this brings clarity to pet lovers and gives them the confidence and trust to select the best diet for their dogs."

Dr. Solomon recommends that dog owners select a diet that works best for their pet's nutritional needs. To learn more about grain-free food options available at Healthy Pet, please speak to a team member or click here.