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How Is a Diagnosis Made for Canine Diet-Associated DCM?

by Kim Skibbe, DVM

When a dog is diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the type and cause can vary from confirmed diet-associated DCM to suspected diet-associated DCM, genetic and breed-specific DCM, or DCM of unknown cause.

In our Facebook group, we …

Sophie’s Story

by Alicia Fattore-Brozek in Arizona

One day in November of 2018, our seemingly healthy 2-year-old Weimaraner started to choke and hack. It sounded as if Sophie had something caught in her throat. The following day, I took her to our …

Mason and Dixon’s Story

by Megan Leitsinger in Alabama

Mason and Dixon, my Cocker Spaniel rescues, are littermates. Five months ago, in early July 2019, Mason was diagnosed with DCM. When Dixon was tested a few weeks later, the results showed he had left …

Kaylee’s Story

by Maggie Gilmore in Kansas

Our pup Kaylee was diagnosed with nutritional DCM in January 2019 by a cardiologist at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a severe case and was to come back every three months …

Nuance’s Story

by Jade Soon in Michigan

On Christmas Day 2017, our Chinese Crested Nuance (a/k/a NooNooBooBoo) started coughing and collapsing. I took her to our vet the next day and after x-rays were taken, we were given two choices – euthanasia …

BB’s Story

by Art & Maxine Cook in Pennsylvania

Today is December 3, 2019, and Beatrix Kiddo vom Kirchenwald is a 5.3-year-old West German Shepherd Schutzhund girl. “BB” was a raw-fed puppy from 10 generations of raw-fed, highly bred West German Shepherd …

MYTH: “Only 560 U.S. Dogs Have Nutritional DCM”

by Allison Fogel, PhD, Group Administrator – Taurine-Deficient (Nutritional) Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Responses from manufacturers of dog foods named in the FDA’s June 2019 update, as well as stores that sell these foods, continue to peddle inaccurate information to minimize the …

Aari and Loki’s Story

by Gabi Cantor Goldberg in Australia

Aari and Loki, my beautiful Icelandic Sheepdogs, were diagnosed in May 2019 with moderate and severe DCM, respectively. I was shattered. They were only 6 years old. Even though they are half-brothers, I believed …

Loki’s Story

by Jessica Ibañez in Miami, Florida

This is sweet Loki, my 2-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. He was diagnosed in August of 2019 with early onset DCM from eating grain-free food. Some people think this only happens to big dogs. I wish …