Recently the FDA has been looking at a possible link between certain dog foods and an increased risk of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Since heart disease is a primary concern in our breed, the Irish Wolfhound Foundation is seeking more information on the extent to which this might affect our breed. Lisa Freeman DVM, PhD, DACVN, a board certified nutritionist from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and Dr. Bill Tyrrell, who has tested our dogs hearts for many years helped us come up with a brief questionnaire for wolfhound owners This will help us examine the data we have for possible links.
Who is eligible:
Any Irish Wolfhound in the US or Canada who has had an echocardiogram in the past two years (May 2016 to July 2018) and whose owner can provide information about what main diet these dogs were eating at the time of the echocardiogram and the results of the echocardiogram. Dogs are still eligible even if they are no longer living as long as they meet the above criteria.