Is DCM connected to Peas in Dog Food?

The quick answer is 

Let’s look at the FDA’S own findings.

Everything in quotes is directly from the FDA website.

“Questions & Answers: FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Investigation into a Possible Connection Between Diet and Canine Heart Disease” veterinary-medicines-investigation-possible-connection-between-diet-and

119 out of 77,000,000 dogs (I.5 out of 1,000,000) have died from DCM

The data, undated June 27, 2019 shows that there are an estimated 77,000,000 dogs in this country and so far 560 reported cases have resulted in 119 deaths attributed to DCM. So we are talking about 1.5 dogs out of 1,000,000 dogs dying of DCM.

You are about 400 times more likely to be hit by lightening in your lifetime than your dog dying from DCM.

The 119 dogs ate varied diets and not just grain free diets containing legumes.

“It’s important to note that the reports include dogs that have eaten grain-free and grain containing foods and also include vegetarian or vegan formulations. They also include all forms of diets: kibble, canned, raw and home-cooked. Therefore, we do not think these cases can be explained simply by whether or not they contain grains, or by brand or manufacturer.”

Lack of Taurine causes DCM - NOT Legumes
“Taurine deficiency is well-documented as a potential cause of DCM”

“At this time, it is not clear what it is about these diets that may be connected to DCM in dogs. There are multiple possible causes of DCM. Taurine deficiency is well-documented as a potential cause of DCM, but it is not the only cause of DCM. Nutritional makeup of the main ingredients or how dogs process them, main ingredient sourcing, processing, amount used, or other factors could be involved.”

Taurine is found in animal protein, NOT vegetable protein
The overuse of legumes as a source of protein can result in a lack of Taurine

The FDA did not investigate the correlation between the decreased use of expensive animal protein (that is a natural source of Taurine) in dog food and the increased use of less expensive plant based protein from legumes like potatoes, lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas (that does NOT contain Taurine), despite the fact that they are aware that lack of Taurine is a well documented potential cause of DCM.

Peas in proper proportion are highly nutritious and high in fiber.

Peas are a good source of vitamins, including A, K, and the B vitamins. They’re packed with minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. They’re also rich in protein and high in fiber. Peas contain lutein, an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health.

Over 90% of Protein in Brothers is animal sourced and is an abundant source of Taurine

Over 90% of the protein in Brothers dog food is from Animal Protein and is an abundant natural source of Taurine. We also add additional Taurine to replace any Taurine that may be lost in the cooking process. There is abundant Taurine in Brothers from animal sourced protein and the peas make up a small percentage of the protein content.

Brothers Dog Food has never been recalled and never had a case of reported DCM in the ten years we’ve made it. We are dedicated to making what we believe to be the healthiest dog food made to be worthy of the trust placed in us by our customers.

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