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Grain Free Diets Cause DCM in Cats

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Grain Free Diets Cause DCM in Cats

Well-intentioned pet owners who've been feeding their cats a grain-free diet — thinking that what’s beneficial for humans is good for cats — have discovered that it can lead to dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart condition otherwise known as DCM. At All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, we help you make dietary choices for your cat to avoid the risk of DCM. Get in touch with us to learn more.

What Is DCM?

DCM is a condition that can cause weak heart muscles and an enlarged heart. The ability of the heart to pump blood becomes compromised and can result in congestive heart failure and possibly death.

In July of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating the relationship between grain-free, as well as legume-based diets, and DCM in pets. This was a result of an increase of DCM in dogs of certain breeds not genetically prone to the disease who were discovered to be consuming diets that don't contain grains. The FDA has also had reports of cats being affected by this condition.

Grain Free Diets Cause DCM in Cats

Before making a change in your cat’s diet, it's important to discuss the dietary adjustment with a professional to ensure your pet receives the nutrients necessary for optimum health. Even making homecooked food for your cat requires knowledge of the daily nutrition your feline needs. Learn more by contacting us.

Rather than believing the marketing that some cat food companies may be promoting, especially regarding exotic ingredients that sound enticing to humans, it’s best to provide your pet with food from a manufacturer that has experience in cat food manufacturing and extensive quality control and testing to ensure that nutrients in the correct proportions are in the food.

Contact Us

Here at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, we can help you make the right dietary choices for your cat. For information regarding your cat’s nutritional needs, contact us today at (702) 257-3222.

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