We have had many clients ask about the recent correlation with grain-free diets causing dilated cardiomyopathy (or DCM) in dogs. DCM is a heart condition that causes the ventricles to increase in size, and the heart muscle to decrease in size, and anatomically changes the shape of the heart. These deteriorations can cause the heart to not pump as well, leading to congestive heart failure. Here is what we know:

  1. Grain-free diets for domesticated dogs and cats is not necessary. Most people switch their pets to grain-free diets based on the thought that when they have a food allergy, the animal is allergic to the grain like a human would be. It is very uncommon that a pet is allergic to a grain; 98% of the time the allergy is to a protein source (the top two allergens are chicken and beef). When there is a food allergy, we usually recommend switching the protein source to a novel protein (such as rabbit, turkey, or bison), or switching to a prescription hydrolyzed protein diet.

purina pro plan direct logoNickel City Animal Hospital is so excited to be a part of Purina Pro Plan Vet Direct Program!

It is an easy to use online shopping website that allows you to purchase all Purina ProPlan and Pro Plan Veterinary Prescription Diets.*

Vet Direct is connected to the clinic so we can approve your Purina Veterinary Diet needs fast. It gets even better with free shipping to your front door.

Take advantage of these great rebates and promotions on products we recommend and offer to keep your pets free from fleas, tick-borne illnesses, and heartworm disease.