Hope for the Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy Dilemma

Canine Health Foundation 06/01/2022

For several years, scientists have been investigating the increase in reported cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dog breeds without a genetic predisposition to this disease. Other factors such as toxin exposure, infectious agents, and/or nutrition could contribute to disease development in these dogs, but diet has received the most attention. Learn more

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Diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs: what do we know?
By Lisa M. Freeman DVM, PhD;  Joshua A. Stern DVM, PhD;  Ryan Fries DVM;  Darcy B. Adin DVM;  John E. Rush DVM, MS
December 1, 2018, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

(Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle that is characterized by an enlarged heart that does not function properly.)
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Echocardiographic phenotype of canine dilated cardiomyopathy differs based on diet type
By Darcy Adin DVM, Teresa C. DeFrancesco DVM, Bruce Keene DVM, Sandra Tou DVM, Kathryn Meurs DVM, PhD, Clarke Atkins DVM, Brent Aona DVM, Kari Kurtz DVM, Lara Barron DVM, Korinn Saker DVM, PhD
December 2018 Journal of Veterinary Cardiology Learn more


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