Vitamin D may be a risk factor in dog’s heart failure

An article in the Cornell Chronicle this week reported on a study at Cornell which analyzed congestive heart failure in dogs and serum vitamin D levels. The researchers discovered that while age, sex, and body condition were not significant factors, a measure of vitamin D in the blood stream positively correlated with heart health ; i.e, low serum vitamin D levels were a risk factor for heart failure.

This is another reason to support testing dogs for serum vitamin D levels- something we have been doing for several years. The authors of the Cornell study conclude That ” The question of supplementation is even more relevant to dogs because we know that, unlike us, they are not capable of absorbing vitamin D through their skin.” Serum vitamin D testing for dogs is certainly not mainstream medicine- yet- but it only a question of time as more and more data accumulates. Why wait?