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More Original Research is Needed On the Link Between DCM and Grain Free-Foods, Researchers Assert


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BSM Partners, the pet care research and consulting firm that analyzed 150 studies for a peer-reviewed article on the relationship between grain-free and legume-rich diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, is calling on its peers in the veterinary, veterinary cardiology, animal nutrition and related fields to undertake studies that produce appropriately controlled, original research on the topic.

BSM Partners’ self-funded, peer-reviewed literature review of more than 150 publications appeared in the June 2020 issue of the Journal of Animal Science.

“To be clear, our review article in the Journal of Animal Science is not original research, this article is an examination and summary of existing published research. While we found no definitive relationship between grain-free, legume-rich diets and DCM, we firmly believe that more original research is needed,” said Dr. Renee Streeter, DVM, DACVN, a board certified veterinary nutritionist and a co-author of the article. “It is important that we fully understand the true causes of DCM, and we call upon our peers to perform and publish further peer-reviewed controlled studies on this topic.”

The article, which can be accessed here, is an exhaustive literature review regarding the causes of DCM, and the first research resulting from BSM Partners’ long-term DCM research effort, said BSM officials. 

“We encourage our peers and others concerned about canine health to read our review of existing research, and begin the important work that will ultimately improve canine health,” said Stephanie Clark, PhD, CVT, also a co-author of the article. 


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