This is ONE of the theories the FDA is investigating, but it has not been proven to date. The FDA believes the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is "a complex scientific issue and may involve multiple factors" including genetics. We KNOW that dogs can make taurine on their own from methionine and cysteine (these are precursors of taurine synthesis). It is believed that methionine and cysteine are less available from peas and lentils than other ingredients such as poultry. In addition, there is a belief that there may be something wrong with the methionine and cysteine in legumes that's not allowing dogs to convert them to taurine. This can be attributed so several things including the usage of Glyphosate - herbicide, as well as harvesting methods used.
Articles in this section
- Do legumes block taurine absorption in dogs?
- FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- I heard the FDA called out 16 brands that the dogs reported with DCM were eating. Are these brands "bad"?
- Is pawTree aware of the reported incidents of dogs being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), more specifically Golden Retrievers and the possible taurine deficiency in grain-free diets?
- Recent FDA Announcement about Grain Free.
- What conclusion has the FDA made regarding DCM in dogs?
- What do I tell my customers who want to supplement their dog's diet with taurine?
- What would you recommend we tell customers who are interested in our food but are concerned about the risk of developing DCM or already have it?
- What’s the latest update on DCM from the FDA?
- Why should I feel confident in pawTree's grain-free recipes?