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Diet plays an important role in overall well-being –it affects everything from your pet’s digestive health to their thick shiny fur; nutrition is key to maintaining an efficient immune system as well as protecting bone and blood health. Your pet’s food matters!

Since July 2018 researchers have been looking into whether or not grain free dog food is linked to DCM. Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a fatal heart disease where the heart gets weaker and weaker, becoming unable to generate enough pressure to pump blood throughout the body. Symptoms of this heart disease include loss of appetite, pale gums, increased heart rate, coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as weakness and fainting. If you have noticed these symptoms in your dog, please set up a wellness check-up with your vet.

Some reports linked developing DCM to dogs on a grain-free diet. Does grain-free dog food mean your pup is at a higher risk of developing DCM? That’s what the USFDA has been investigating since July 2018.

Making kibble requires a certain amount of carbohydrates to be able to process the food correctly; some grain-free dog foods use lentils or legumes for starch instead of grains in their kibble-making operation. The fear is that dogs are not receiving enough animal-proteins like taurine when plant-protein rich legumes are cheaper to come by and already on the ingredient list.

However, these claims were released prematurely and without any proof. Without evidence of these claims, statements were released that caused pet food industry a lot of damage. In response, pet food companies began using  “ancient grains” instead of wheat and corn, marketing for “grain friendly” instead of “grain free.”

Meanwhile for the last two years, researchers can find no concrete evidence linking grain-free diets and dogs that developed DCM.


The claims that grain-free dog food leads to developing DCM have been shown to be inconclusive and without any proof. So what dog food is best and how do you know what nutrition your dog needs?

Barkery and Bath is here to help! Please always consult your vet before making any changes to your pet’s diet. From dry food to raw diets to frozen options, the Barkery and Bath wants to do what we do best – keep your pets happy and healthy! This includes your pet’s nutrition and well-being! Take a look at our online store and have your pet’s food delivered straight to your front door!  If you’re feeling uncertain about your pet’s diet, please stop by and ask away – we’d be delighted to answer all your questions and find just the right fit for your sweet pup! Check out what other customers have to say about our services.

For overall wellness insights and products, visit the Barkery and Bath online. We’re here to help support you in keeping your pets happy and healthy!