Veterinary-Approved Supplements for Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats
3 Steps To Treat Heart Disease in Your Dog
- 1) Consult your veterinarian immediately if your pet displays any of the warning signs (see below) as heart disease can be a “silent killer”. If your pet has been previously diagnosed with any type of heart condition (e.g. heart murmur), be sure to get regular check-ups and ask your veterinarian for recommendations regarding your pet’s exercise regimen and any dog or cat heart medications or supplements your dog is taking.
- 2) Feed your cat or dog a heart disease diet--a high fiber diet, rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Ensure the amount of food you are feeding is appropriate and that your pet is at a healthy weight. If your pet needs to lose weight, use a high protein diet and less food overall. “Diet” pet foods are not recommended as they typically contain fillers such as beet pulp and are high in carbohydrates which can make a pet feel hungry all the time. Comprehensive, pet health consultations are available to provide your pet with a custom nutrition plan that will accompany any cat or dog heart medication or supplement they may be taking.
- 3) Use natural, veterinary approved cat or dog heart health supplements to support your dog or cat's heart. Supplements can be used effectively along with prescription medications. Amazing Omegas, Purrfect Pet CoQ10 and Vitality Now provide vital nutrients for cardiovascular support.
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"I would like to thank Susan Davis for all of her knowledge and expertise in nutrition and diet. My Archie would not be here today if I hadn't found her! Through her instruction, we have corrected the heart problem Archie had."
-The Underwood Family, Texas January 2011
Heart Disease in Dogs and Cat & Effective Heart Disease Treatments
Dogs and cats can have a variety of heart conditions. Common heart disease problems may include heart murmurs, congestive heart failure or poor valve function. While some breeds may be predisposed to develop congenital heart conditions, pets often develop heart disease problems with age. The heart is similar to the engine in your car and as it starts to wear out, other parts of the body will be affected as well. For example, pets with heart disease may develop kidney problems. Early diagnoses, working closely with your veterinarian and using a heart-healthy diet and supplement regimen, can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.
The heart is a mechanical pump that supplies low-oxygen blood to the lungs (for replenishment) and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. There are four chambers made up of muscle. These chambers have valves that keep the blood moving in the correct direction. When you bring your pet to the veterinarian, your doctor will use diagnostic tools to evaluate your pet’s heart and respiratory health. Your veterinarian will review your pet’s clinical history, observe your pet’s breathing and pulse rates and listen to your pet’s heart and lungs using a stethoscope. If a heart problem is detected, more extensive tests may be necessary such as an XRAY, blood test (CBC and cardiac biomarker called NT-proBNP). blood pressure test, ECG (electrocardiograph) and an echocardiogram.
You can help your cat or dog's heart disease by maintaining your pet’s weight at a healthy level. Many cats and dogs are overweight and this can create a significant burden for the heart. Overweight cats and dogs are at risk for not only developing heart disease, but they can also develop diabetes, cancer and mobility problems. Pets with heart disease need a high fiber diet, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and supplementation with CoQ10 especially. Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is also essential. Bacteria in the mouth can travel to the heart via the blood. Be sure to get your pet’s teeth cleaned regularly.
Symptoms of Dog and Cat Heart Disease (Heart Murmurs, Congestive Heart Failure)
Both cats and dogs are at risk of developing heart disease. However, it is often harder to detect heart problems in cats than in dogs because the symptoms may not be as noticeable until the cat’s heart disease has progressed significantly. That is why it is especially important to have your pet checked routinely and if your cat displays symptoms such as weakness, inappetance, or respiratory difficulties, bring your cat to the veterinarian promptly. Symptoms of heart disease including heart murmurs and congestive heart failure in dogs and cats can include:
- Easily tiring after exercise—loss of stamina
- Bluish discoloration of the tongue
- Accumulation of fluid in the lungs, leg or abdomen
- Difficult or heavy breathing