Evaluation of a New Ultra-Low Fat Diet for the Management of Primary Hyperlipidemia in Dogs

11/16/2016
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Texas A&M University Gastrointestinal Laboratory

Purpose
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a new ultra low-fat diet for the management of dogs with primary hyperlipidemia.

Hypothesis
An ultra low fat diet will significantly decrease serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in dogs with primary hyperlipidemia.

Eligibility
Any dog with primary hyperlipidemia is eligible for enrollment into this study unless they have significant organ disease (e.g., kidney failure, chronic liver disease, or other) or secondary causes of hyperlipidemia (diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, pancreatitis, diabetes mellitus, hyperadrenocorticism, obesity, cholestasis, protein losing nephropathy,). Hyperlipidemia is being defined as elevation > 500 mg/dL of either serum triglyceride and/or serum cholesterol for the purpose of this study. Common causes of secondary hyperlipidemia will be excluded on baseline assessment. This will likely limit this study to predominantly miniature schnauzers although all breeds will be considered for enrollment.

Duration
Each dog will participate in this study for a period of approximately 8 weeks. During participation in this trial, the dog will need to be evaluated by a primary care veterinarian three times (at the beginning of the study, 14 - 18 days after being fed the new low-fat diet that is being labeled for use in dogs with hyperlipidemia, and again 14 to 18 days after the second evaluation). Each visit should take less than 1 hour.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Yuri Lawrence
Email: ylawrence@cvm.tamu.edu
Phone: 979 862 2861979

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