The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is looking for healthy dogs to participate in a clinical trial investigating a new canine diet. In order to be eligible, dogs need to be between 2 and 7 years old, weight more than 22 pounds, and have a Body Condition Score between 5 and 7 (see Body Condition Score System (pdf)).
Enrolled dogs will be fed the new diet for one month. During the study, owners will be asked to feed their dog only the diet provided, measure food intake, and collect fecal samples. Three blood draws also will be performed during the course of the study. All charges associated with the study and the cost of the food is covered by the study. Owners will be provided with supplies to make fecal collection as easy as possible.
The aim of the study is to evaluate the digestibility of a new canine diet formulation, and the ability of the new diet formulations to maintain or improve intestinal health in dogs compared to a control commercial diet formulation. The new diet formulation has been shown to have health benefits in other species and may have potential as an intestinal health modular, minimize obesity in dogs, have cancer preventive effects, and serve as an alternate formulation of diet for dogs with allergies.
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