DCM stories

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 …

Belle’s Story

by Terri Krempin in Minnesota

This is Belle, my Golden Retriever. I have bred and shown Golden Retrievers for almost 30 years and was a vet tech for 25 of those years. I always fed Purina Pro Plan to my …

Cheyenne’s Story

by Tera Weidendorf in Minnesota

This is my girl Cheyenne. She is 3/4 Newfoundland and 1/4 Labrador. I brought her home when she was 3 months old. Our story of diet-associated heart disease unfolded when she was 5 years old.

Cheyenne …

Theo’s Story

by Samantha Ganey, Elkins Park, Pa.

This is Theo, my beloved Goldendoodle. In March of 2019, when Theo was 7 months old, he went in for an echocardiogram after an abnormal EKG report for his pre-op before neutering. The echo …

Wally’s Story

by Lara Day, DVM

This is Wally, my itty bitty pocket Pittie. His DNA test says he is 7/8 American Staffordshire Terrier and 1/8 American Bulldog. To me, he is 100% pure love. Wally will be 4 years old on …

Bailey’s Story

by Martha Martin in Memphis, Tenn.

This is Bailey, our sweet Labrador Retriever. As I write this, it is February 21, 2019, and Bailey is 9 years old. Our veterinary cardiologist is in another city and I just returned home …

Scarlett’s Story

by Bridgett Mitchell, DVM

Meet Scarlett, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu who presented at my clinic in March 2018 in complete heart failure. There are many stories of dogs succumbing to diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). On behalf of Scarlett’s owner, I …

Oliver’s Story

by Julie Carter in New Jersey

On August 3, 2018, we lost our beloved Oliver to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). He had just turned 4 years old. He was my hero, my heart dog and my best friend. He was also a proud …

Shuvee’s Story

by Adam and Jessica in Rochester, Wa.

This was our baby girl, Shuvee, who we lovingly called Punkin Head. Shuvee was a well-bred Bloodhound and a very promising working dog in search and rescue (SAR) training. She came to us …