Thanks for starting this thread, AND for all the information. I will need to read it a few times! I think it says there ARE genetic factors which can predispose a dog to CHF. But I need to go read it again before I begin on that.
Appropriate nutrition is a great place to start!
I feed best possible commercial dog food from the feed store, look at the ingredients, avoid the ones whose first, or 3 out of the first 5 ingredients are grain derived, but is there a better way?
My dog, 3 year old spayed Belgian Malinois, self supplements 😉 as all farm dogs do, steals cat food (and poop ack!) and gets the leavings of my food, coleslaw to rib bones. She also eats things I give to the goats, carrots, pumpkin, bananas, roasted peanuts in the shell.
I could make her dog food, I have known people who do that, but I have heard veterinarians say we should stick to commercial feed because they are the “experts”, and I have dog owning neighbors express surprise that I give my dog people food, saying they thought people food makes dogs sick.
I believe dogs are omnivores, with digestive systems to process everything from insects to carrion, with fruits eggs included. But we have a specific challenge here, healthy dogs😍!
So, what should a CHD prevention diet include?