July 2019
Notice and Disclaimer: Canine DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) in Dogs:

As visitors to this website may have become aware, on June 27, 2019 the FDA provided its (third) status report on its investigation into whether there is a potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease. It is important to note that despite the considerable press this study has garnered, the FDA study is incomplete and no conclusions have been reached with respect to the impact, if any, of grain-free pet foods on the incidence of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs.

According to the Director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, as of the June 27, 2019 status report the FDA [has] “not yet determined the nature” of any “potential link [and] continue[s] to encourage consumers to work closely with their veterinarians, who may consult a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, to select the best diet for their pets’ needs.” According to the report referenced above, the FDA states that “the underlying cause of DCM is unknown but is thought to have a genetic component.” Previously, in July 2018, the FDA announced it had “begun investigating reports of [DCM] in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as ‘grain free,’ which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses) and/or potatoes in various forms … as main ingredients …” According to this report, the FDA became concerned regarding “a potential increase in cases of DCM in dogs not genetically predisposed.” The FDA stated that [DCM] “is recognized as a genetic condition in dogs, typically in large or giant breeds …[but] also seen in Cocker Spaniels associated with taurine deficiency” and that “it is believed to be less common in small and medium breed dogs.”

Manufacturers of grain-free products, including brands sold by The Farm (THR!VE), as well as interested third parties, have provided public responses to notices published by the FDA concerning its ongoing study as well as the science involved. The Farm encourages all interested parties to read the most recent interim report of the FDA and the responses of manufacturers of pet foods you currently feed your pets, or which you are considering purchasing, in order that you may be better informed when consulting your pet’s health care provider concerning the status of the FDA’s work.

The Farm (THR!VE) is not an expert in DCM and is not itself board-certified in veterinary nutrition. The Farm does not offer medical advice to any client or customer. Furthermore, since the FDA has reached no conclusions in its ongoing study, it is not possible for The Farm to reach any final conclusions. At this time, however, having studied information currently available and consulted with persons The Farm considers to have expertise in the subject matter, The Farm continues to make available to its customers grain-free products from manufacturers The Farm considers to be reputable.

The following is a link to the June 27, 2019 interim report by the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-third-status-report-investigation-potential-connection-between-certain-diets-and-cases.

Links below to responses made by certain pet food producers whose products The Farm uses and sells are provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended as express or implied representations of The Farm:

Champion Foods (Acana and Orijen): https://www.championpetfoods.com/faqs/dcm/

Fromm Family: https://frommfamily.com/connect/fda-dcm-20190701/

Tuffy’s (NutriSource): https://nutrisourcepetfoods.com/images/content/Tuffy’s%20DCM%20Statement%20(7-1-19).pdf

Zignature: https://www.zignature.com/statement-on-dcm/

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