Listen, Learn, and Discuss

An on-demand webinar for veterinary health professionals, trainers, nutritionists, pet industry professionals and dog owners. Learn about the latest research examining diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs, current answers to this complex problem and an examination of the remaining questions. Enjoy the opportunity to chat with the presenter and ask questions.  

About the Webinar

Join us for an eye-opening webinar that delves into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and its possible connection to diet. In the wake of the FDA's alert in 2018, this talk cuts through the hype and hysteria and offers a balanced exploration of the evidence. Learn about the role of taurine in normal heart function and its connection to diet. Drawing parallels with feline taurine-deficiency DCM, we unravel the historical context and discuss dietary (and other) factors that influence taurine status and heart health in dogs. Explore the evidence behind breed predispositions and the impact of body size on taurine production. This webinar also addresses the recent focus on "grain-free" foods and examines the complex relationship between ingredients, food processing, and heart health. Be informed, avoid unsupported claims, and learn to make science-backed choices for your clients and for your own canine companions!

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Webinar Presenter


Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark is a board-certified companion animal nutritionist through the American College of Animal Science and a board-certified animal technologist through the state of Illinois. Dr. Clark also has a certificate as a food scientist and is sitting for the veterinary technician specialty board for nutrition in 2023. Dr. Clark has a PhD in animal science focusing on companion animal nutrition and the microbiome. She completed her post-doctoral studies with therapy dogs at Mayo Clinic and was awarded the first grant to support animal welfare research. Currently, Dr. Clark is the Assistant Director of Special Services at BSM Partners, a group she started that focuses on combining research, nutrition, and formulation. In Dr. Clark’s free time, she enjoys running, crocheting, gardening, and hiking with her husband and daughter. Dr. Clark has two dogs, Gracie Lou Freebush and Anny, that have traveled with her across 5 states in 8 years throughout her educational journey.

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