Making Sense of
Dilated Cardiomyopathy

FDA Update Provides Reassurance to Pet Lovers

We’re committed to making nutritious, healthy, and safe food for pets everywhere. Thats why we are pleased Dr. Steven Solomon, Director of the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine, has shared much-needed clarity on the causes of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), a rare and scientifically complex disease that impacts approximately 1% of dogs in the U.S.


On November 3, Solomon Underscored:

  • No pet food has been declared unsafe or linked to DCM: “FDA has not taken regulatory action against or declared any specific pet food products unsafe or definitively linked to DCM,” Solomon wrote.
  • DCM is a complex medical condition about far more than diet: “Historically, DCM has been primarily linked to genetic predisposition in certain breeds, but in the context of these atypical cases, emerging science indicates that non-hereditary DCM is a complex medical condition that may be affected by the interplay of multiple factors such as genetics, underlying medical conditions and diet,” Solomon wrote.

At Champion, we know that good nutrition is always a factor in good health. Our range of products are the right choice to ensure optimal health because:

  • We have more than 35 years of experience making pet food in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.
  • We analyze every formula according to the most rigorous industry standards to validate the nutritional adequacy of every diet, both at the time of development and routinely from commercial production
  • We have an internal team of qualified nutritionists, scientists, and a veterinarian who guides our formulation, validation, food safety, and research programs, and substantiate the nutritional adequacy of our diets with AAFCO Feeding Trials
  • We have research partnerships globally, and we do peer-reviewed published research
  • Dr. Solomon’s full remarks are available online here.

Our Pet Health Experts


Our Pet Health Experts

We have 7 expert pet nutritionists on staff who oversee the formulation and development of our foods. These valuable members of our team collectively hold 1 PhD, 1 DVM, 3 MSc, and 2 BSc degrees, and between them, have over 135 years of experience working in animal health and nutrition.

CHRISTINE, MSc Animal Nutrition & Metabolism

As our Director of Animal Research and Nutrition, Christine leads the development and research of our formulas. She ensures we focus on the health and safety of pets when developing our diets.


Darcia is our in-house veterinarian. Her focus on animal safety and disease prevention is attributed to over 30 years experience in small animal practice and as a Public Health Veterinarian. She ensures that our foods advance the health and well-being of dogs and cats.

JENNIFER, PhD Animal Sciences

Jennifer is our Research and Nutrition Manager. She oversees the Nutrition Research Team to make sure our foods are innovative, go beyond pet food trends, and reflect the latest science.

JANELLE, MSc Animal Nutrition & Animal Sciences

Janelle is our Nutrition Research Scientist and is responsible for unveiling new, science-based opportunities to advance our pet foods.

SHAYNE, BSc Animal Sciences

Shayne is our Formulation Manager. He ensures the nutritional integrity of our pet foods and oversees the formulation of our diets. His work is based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs and cats thrive on diets containing fresh and quality animal ingredients.

JILL, MSc Animal Nutrition

Jill is our Formulation Assistant. She helps ensure our foods are nutritionally sound, and researches innovative ingredients and how best to use them.

CARRIE, BSc Animal Health

Carrie is our Formulation Assistant. She helps with diet development and nutritional monitoring of our foods.

Advancing Our Formulas

To ensure our formulas adhere to the latest science stemming from our research, our team is always exploring new ways to advance our foods. We recently enhanced our ACANA Singles Limited Ingredient Diets with more quality animal ingredients that are naturally rich in essential nutrients, and fortified them with additional taurine and B vitamins, where necessary, for optimal heart-health.

Grain-free diets provide safe and healthy nutrition. Click here to learn more about our most advanced Limited Ingredient Diets.

Our Science

Our team of Pet Health Experts is committed to advancing the health and well-being of pets, and we’re proud to share results of our work. Literature on our research can be viewed here:

Some FDA case reports that found dogs diagnosed with DCM consuming grain-free diets also had low concentrations of plasma and/or whole blood taurine. While there is a known association between low taurine status and DCM, there is little clinical evidence on the relationship of commercial grain-free diets and taurine status in healthy large-breed dogs.

Research Update: Taurine

High-protein, grain-free extruded dog diets are increasing in popularity, but few have compared the digestibility of these diets to others containing different ingredients or nutrient concentrations.

Research Update: Amino Acids