The study titled “Investigation into Subclinical Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Four Dog Breeds” has resulted in 4 peer-reviewed manuscripts published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Veterinary Research and Scientific Reports.
The results of this work demonstrated higher levels of cardiac troponin I in dogs eating grain-free (GF) dog foods or foods that have peas, lentils or potatoes in the top 10 ingredients compared to dogs eating grain-inclusive (GI) dog foods or foods without peas, lentils, or potatoes in the top 10 ingredients. Cardiac troponin I is a blood marker that indicates injury to the heart muscle and therefore this study provides information on how heart disease occurs in some dogs eating GF diets. Additionally, we showed that cardiac troponin I decreased, and an echocardiographic (ultrasound of the heart) measure of contractility improved in dogs fed GF diets that were changed to a GI diet without peas or lentils 1 year after this diet change. This is important information because it shows that apparently healthy dogs can have subtle heart muscle injury that can improve with diet change. Therefore, this data is supportive of causation. Continue reading “Research Update CHF 02661 MY5: Investigation into Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs”