Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs (DCM)

This is a very real problem even if we don't have all of the answers yet - Shane Murphy DVM

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs (DCM)
Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs (DCM)

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Nutritional Cardiomyopathy: Still A Major Problem In Dogs

There is no doubt that published scientific evidence to support what I see in the hospital on a daily basis is limited at this time; though many factors play a role in this, it is important to remember that this problem was recognized only a few years prior (2018) and research takes time to plan, perform, and publish. I have no doubt that more and more scientific publications are on the way to help shed more light on this problem. This "deficiency" is not a legitimate reason to ignore the current association between implicated diets and heart disease in dogs; this is a very real problem even if we don't have all of the answers yet.

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 Nutritional Cardiomyopathy: Still A Major Problem In Dogs

There is still a lot we don’t know about what causes this nutritional cardiomyopathy in dogs, which is frustrating for us and our clients alike; ongoing research is searching for more answers, but many details regarding the association between these diets and DCM will likely remain unknown.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

The definitive cause of canine DCM is the subject of debate, although a number of factors including nutritional, infectious, and genetic predisposition have been implicated. The fact that canine DCM occurs at a higher incidence in specific breeds suggests a heritable genetic component to this disease, although it is likely that it’s etiology is multifactorial.

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