Welcome! We’re so glad you found us.

This website supports the efforts of two major Facebook groups discussing the recent spike in taurine deficiency-related canine dilated cardiomyopathy, especially whether diet plays a role and whether a simple food switch may be our most effective therapy and preventative. We welcome you to join one of the groups (addresses below) or check out the resources we’ve gathered.

We are the admins of the Taurine+DCM Facebook groups

Our mission is to educate, change minds + make a healthier world for dogs

The Taurine+DCM Facebook Groups

For those who have left us, we mourn; for those who are fighting, we embrace; for those who are here, we advocate; and for those who don’t know, we educate.

 The All-Breed Taurine DCM Facebook Group

With more than 105,000 members and growing fast, this group shares information about nutritional DCM across all breeds and mixes.

Go to the All-Breed group

The Golden Retriever Taurine DCM Facebook Group

This group has grown to more than 12,000 members and exists for all dog owners and topics related to taurine and nutritional deficiency in Golden Retrievers.

Go to the Golden group

Fun Facts

Facebook groups
Admins and moderators
Total group members
Taurine and DCM test results as of 04/10/19

Read Our Stories

These stories are told by owners of dogs diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.

Some dogs recovered with diet change, cardiac medications and supplementation.
Others were not diagnosed in time for treatment to make a difference.

Click the stories to read about their journeys.

Sophie’s Story

by Alicia Fattore-Brozek in Arizona

One day in November of 2018, our seemingly healthy 2-year-old Weimaraner started to choke and hack. It sounded as if Sophie had something caught in …

Mason and Dixon’s Story

by Megan Leitsinger in Alabama

Mason and Dixon, my Cocker Spaniel rescues, are littermates. Five months ago, in early July 2019, Mason was diagnosed with DCM. When Dixon was tested …

Kaylee’s Story

by Maggie Gilmore in Kansas

Our pup Kaylee was diagnosed with nutritional DCM in January 2019 by a cardiologist at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a …

Nuance’s Story

by Jade Soon in Michigan

On Christmas Day 2017, our Chinese Crested Nuance (a/k/a NooNooBooBoo) started coughing and collapsing. I took her to our vet the next day and after …

BB’s Story

by Art & Maxine Cook in Pennsylvania

Today is December 3, 2019, and Beatrix Kiddo vom Kirchenwald is a 5.3-year-old West German Shepherd Schutzhund girl. “BB” was a raw-fed puppy …

Aari and Loki’s Story

by Gabi Cantor Goldberg in Australia

Aari and Loki, my beautiful Icelandic Sheepdogs, were diagnosed in May 2019 with moderate and severe DCM, respectively. I was shattered. They were only …

Loki’s Story

by Jessica Ibañez in Miami, Florida

This is sweet Loki, my 2-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. He was diagnosed in August of 2019 with early onset DCM from eating grain-free food. Some …

Belle’s Story

by Terri Krempin in Minnesota

This is Belle, my Golden Retriever. I have bred and shown Golden Retrievers for almost 30 years and was a vet tech for 25 of …

Cheyenne’s Story

by Tera Weidendorf in Minnesota

This is my girl Cheyenne. She is 3/4 Newfoundland and 1/4 Labrador. I brought her home when she was 3 months old. Our story of …

Theo’s Story

by Samantha Ganey, Elkins Park, Pa.

This is Theo, my beloved Goldendoodle. In March of 2019, when Theo was 7 months old, he went in for an echocardiogram after an …

Wally’s Story

by Lara Day, DVM

This is Wally, my itty bitty pocket Pittie. His DNA test says he is 7/8 American Staffordshire Terrier and 1/8 American Bulldog. To me, he is …

Bailey’s Story

by Martha Martin in Memphis, Tenn.

This is Bailey, our sweet Labrador Retriever. As I write this, it is February 21, 2019, and Bailey is 9 years old. Our veterinary …

Scarlett’s Story

by Bridgett Mitchell, DVM

Meet Scarlett, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu who presented at my clinic in March 2018 in complete heart failure. There are many stories of dogs succumbing to …

Oliver’s Story

by Julie Carter in New Jersey

On August 3, 2018, we lost our beloved Oliver to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). He had just turned 4 years old. He was my hero, my …

Shuvee’s Story

by Adam and Jessica in Rochester, Wa.

This was our baby girl, Shuvee, who we lovingly called Punkin Head. Shuvee was a well-bred Bloodhound and a very promising working dog …

Bella and Charlie’s Story

by Laura Filmore in Chesterfield, Mo.

I wanted to share my story of Bella and Charlie in hopes it will bring attention to dog foods suspected of causing dilated cardiomyopathy …

Emmett’s Story

by Christel in Saco, Maine

This is the story of Emmett, our much-loved Yellow Lab. He was 8 years old when we lost him to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). It was …

Jake’s Story

by Denise in Muskego, Wisconsin

Jake, our Shollie, was diagnosed with DCM and congestive heart failure (CHF) in January of 2018. They told us to not even hope for six …

Emma’s Story

by Denise in Muskego, Wisconsin

Emma, our Catahoula Leopard mix, was diagnosed with DCM and congestive heart failure in September of 2017 at 6 years old. We took her to …

Angel’s Story

by Barbara in Newcastle, Oklahoma

Angel was our 10.5-year-old Golden Pyrenees, and she was healthy, according to her annual vet visit in August of 2018. But now we look back …

CJ’s Story

by Colleen in Minnesota

Our beloved CJ was a 4-year-old AmStaff/Lab/Boxer/Hound mix who we rescued at 8 months of age. He had been returned to the shelter twice, so we …

Princeton’s Story

by Roz in Ontario, Canada

Princeton is a 6-year-old Black Russian Terrier who was diagnosed with severe DCM on August 28, 2018. His appetite had decreased, and we went to …

Odin’s Story

by Diane Denman in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

This is the story of PrairieWyn’s Ode To Our Hearts, PTA, NC NI, also known as Odin. Our boy Odin was born February …

Lilly’s Story

by Amy in Franklin, Tennessee

This is Lilly, my 11-year-old Golden girl! In 2018, Lilly was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF), secondary to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Her DCM was indeed …