Lynette Dimbero began to suspect something just wasn’t right with her family’s beloved dog, Bailey.
This spring, as the temperature in Austin, Texas, started to heat up, the black Lab began breathing heavier than usual, which seemed plausible. But Dimbero decided to watch her more closely. “You think: She is a dog; that’s what they do,” Dimbero said.
Then Bailey didn’t seem very interested in going outside, and she just started shutting down. “Heavy panting,” Dimbero said. “And then she quit eating as much, and then all together.”
Dimbero’s husband raced Bailey to the animal hospital.
“The first question the vet asked him was, ‘What kind of food was she eating?’” Dimbero said.
He told the doctor Bailey was on a grain-free diet and didn’t think much more about it.
After many medical tests, the Dimberos got some tragic news: Bailey was in heart failure. Her official diagnosis: advanced dilated cardiomyopathy. Dimbero said their vet told them, “It was probably caused by grain-free food.”