Body Condition and Heart Health in Dogs
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to determine whether body condition
affects heart health in dogs and if poor body condition causes metabolic
syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by hormone
imbalances created by excess body fat and may be an associated risk
factor for heart disease. These hormone imbalances may lead to
increased blood pressure, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol.
Metabolic syndrome has been associated with heart disease in humans, but
the link has not yet been verified in dogs.
Dogs who participate is this study will help us to gather valuable
information which will aid in establishing risk factors for canine heart
disease. In the future this will lead to better preventative measures
and better treatments in the field of veterinary cardiology.
Participating dogs will receive a free cardiovascular exam and
echocardiogram from a veterinary cardiologist. The study will cover the
costs of the blood draw and analysis and a urinalysis.
Dogs who qualify for this study must be a smaller breed where ideal
body weight is less than 25 pounds. In order to be enrolled, dogs must
be heavier than their ideal body weight, as determined by the Purina
nine-point body condition system, and have no history of serious medical
problems. Dogs with significant abnormalities in their heart valves will
be excluded from this study.
Enrolled dogs must not have food for 10 to 12 hours prior to their
examination. They will spend approximately 4 hours at the WSU-VTH where
they will receive a cardiovascular exam and an echocardiogram from a
veterinary cardiologist. If the dog’s heart is not enlarged, a
cardiologist will draw 20 ml of blood (about 1 1/3 tablespoons), wait 90
minutes and then draw another 20 ml of blood. Urine will be also be
collected and analyzed.
Owners are responsible for bringing their dog to the WSU-VTH on the
arranged day of the examination.
For more information please contact Valorie Wiss, Clinical Studies