What is DCM?
By Ashley Mulligan —
DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) is a disease that may occur in dogs and cats where the heart, specifically the left ventricle, becomes enlarged and is not able to pump blood effectively. Certain dog breeds are predisposed to canine DCM, including Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Boxers and Cocker Spaniels, though any breed can be affected. Diagnosis of DCM can only be determined by echocardiography. This diagnostic method is able to measure the chambers and pump functionality of the heart.
Despite the lack of a distinctive link between taurine supplementation and canine DCM, it has been found that increased levels of taurine in a diet may help prevent or reverse the signs of DCM in some cases. As such, our pet nutrition experts have supplemented Tailored recipes with taurine when appropriate to help decrease the overall risk of developing DCM.
If you suspect your dog is showing symptoms of DCM, it’s important to work closely with your veterinarian to determine the most appropriate diet for your pup.