A Unique Opportunity to Fund Pet Food Research
Truth About Pulses and DCM
The U.S. pulse industry needs your support for an important new research effort. 

Option 1: Donate by Credit Card

Option 2: Send a check to:

Please Donate to Petfood Research

Pulse Foundation, Inc.
DCM Research Fund
2780 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843

Industry Request for FundingAs a member of the North American pulse industry, you know the negative impact FDA’s announcements about Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) has had on our industry. Every FDA announcement has linked pulse crops to DCM in dogs without the scientific evidence to back it up. To save this important market will require the pulse industry to invest in scientific research that will discover the truth regarding DCM and pulse crops.   A downloadable version of this information can be found here.

“Pet food is one of our fastest-growing markets for the pulse industry. I support this research to protect this vital market.”
--Gordon Stoner, Stoner Farms, Outlook, Montana

“Columbia Grain is definitely supporting the DCM Research Fund. Pet food markets are important to the entire pulse industry.”
--Jeff Van Pevenage,President/CEO, Columbia Grain International

Between Jan. 1, 2014, when the FDA first received a few sporadic reports, and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM (515 canine reports, 9 feline reports). Most of the reports were submitted to the FDA after its first public alert in July 2018. 

In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration became convinced that grain-free diets that included a high percentage of peas, lentils, and other legume seeds (Pulse Crops) were at the root of an increase in reports of a rare heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. They announced an investigation in July of 2018 between grain-free pet foods and DCM.FDA DCM Update 

RESOURCE: Review DCM in dogs

The public did not differentiate between correlation and causation, and the sales of grain-free pet foods plummeted as a result. The North American pulse industry has lost an estimated 250,000 metric tons of sales to pet food formulators since the first FDA announcement in 2018. While there is no definitive scientific evidence supporting the FDA’s position, there may be evidence that pulse crops are not the cause of DCM.

When the FDA made its concerns public, a group of researchers including a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, Board-Certified Veterinary Cardiologist, Veterinarian, and two Ph.D. Nutritionists, also began to investigate. Concerns regarding the FDA report included the fact that the findings were strictly observational, were from a small sample size, and lacked a control group. After reviewing dog population numbers compared to the reported number of cases, the pulse and pet food industries have doubts and concerns regarding the validity of the assertions published in the FDA’s report.


Common Health Issues in DogsFigure 1-"The most important fact detailed in the chart is that while DCM is a serious disease, it affects only 0.0007% of dogs” – The Coronado Times, 08/19/2019 

A petfood consulting firm, BSM Partners has performed an exhaustive literature review about DCM.  An article of their findings has passed peer review and has been accepted for publication in a  prestigious animal science journal.  BSM researchers have invested over 2,500 cumulative hours investigating the correlation between DCM and diet to date.  

As a result of their work, BSM Partners researchers have identified three areas of research that could determine the most likely cause of DCM in dogs. 

1. A comparison of grain-free (with pulse crops) and grain-inclusive diets on cardiac function and health of dogs.
2. Examine the influence of litter size on the risk of cardiac disease later in life.
3. Explore the role that diet history and plasma amino acid concentrations play in the cardiac health of Golden Retrievers, a dog breed predisposed to DCM.

These are ground-breaking, new research studies that offer the best chance of determining the actual cause of DCM. 

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Well designed research that can be published in the best animal science journals is expensive. BSM Partners is requesting $5 million to conduct these three research projects. Pet Food Companies believe in this research and have already pledged $3.0 million (YTD) to begin.  Now it’s time for the growers, processors, and industry partners in North America to join the pet food manufacturers to provide the funding to complete this critical research.

The boards of the American Pulse Association, the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, and the US Pea & Lentil Trade Association fully support these efforts and have worked directly with the 501c(3) Pulse Foundation to set up a special “DCM Research Fund.” We ask every member of our pulse coalition to contribute to this critical research effort.

Option 1: Donate by Credit Card

Option 2: Send a check to:

Please Donate to Petfood Research

Pulse Foundation, Inc.
DCM Research Fund
2780 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843

If you have questions call:
Kim Monk, Director of Member Services
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
208-882-3023 ext. 112
or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Download a North American version of the DCM fundraising brochure, HERE.