Members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club and their Goldens are invited to participate in a study of DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) being conducted at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Forty healthy Goldens are needed for the study, which is operating on a grant from the Golden Retriever Foundation and funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation to further investigate a potential relationship between diet and heart function.
Participants will be required to provide the diet history of their dogs and each dog will receive an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) and blood sampling free of charge. Pregnant and nursing bitches will not be included in the study.
The evaluations will be done by Dr. Darcy B. Adin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiology, through the Cardiology Service in the Small Animal Hospital. Screenings will be done on Wednesdays and owners may call (352) 392-2235 to make an appointment.
More information is available at https://research.vetmed.ufl.edu/clinical-trials/small-animal/investigation-into-subclinical-diet-associated-dilated-cardiomyopathy/
Dr. Adin provided the following message for potential participants:
If you can answer yes to the following questions and are interested in participating in this study, please call the Small Animal Hospital at (352) 392-2235 to make a Wednesday appointment with Dr. Darcy Adin in Cardiology. There is a link on the website for a diet history form that should be filled out and brought to the appointment.
The study will cover an echocardiogram and blood testing (including taurine testing).
____ My dog is a Golden Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer or a Doberman Pinscher
____ My dog has been eating the same commercial dog food for at least the last 6 months
____ My dog is clinically healthy with no major medical concerns
____ My dog does not take supplemental taurine
____ My dog does not receive any medications except thyroid supplementation and tick / flea / heartworm prevention
____ My dog does not have known heart disease
____ I am willing to provide a diet history and will fill out the form prior to the appointment
____ I am willing to travel to Gainesville for an appointment at the University of Florida
____ I am willing to allow my dog to have an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) and blood testing
*If you cannot answer yes to all of these questions, your dog will not qualify for this study. We are happy to answer any questions regarding these criteria. Thank you!