How To Recognize Heart Disease in Dogs

This post was written by admin3 on May 3, 2009
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Have you just came home from the vet and got the sad news that he or she has found heart disease in your dog? When you heard this prognosis, chances are you felt your own heart sink as this is your beloved pet. Did you know that there is plenty you can do in order to change what might look like bad news from your vet? By reading this article, you will find out how to prevent and treat heart disease in dogs.


When it comes to heart disease, prevention is definitely better than cure. Are you feeding your dog a healthy diet? If not this may be the cause of his deteriorating health. Don’t beat yourself up about this, but it’s time to get wise about healthy foods for dogs and what to feed your dog to improve his health and recovery.


Conventional medications for heart disease in dogs do have known side effects. If you can, find a holistic vet who would be qualified to recommend herbal remedies such as dandelion or hawthorn which can both help strengthen the heart muscle and prevent a build up of fluid.


Make sure you take your dog to the vet for a yearly check up even though he seems healthy. if at any time your dog starts coughing, especially during the night time or after exercise, then you should take your dog to the vet immediately as this may be one of the symptoms heart disease.


If your dog lacks energy and can’t seems to keep up while you are walking or if you notice a difference in the way he breathes, then take him to the vet without delay. Some of the more serious signs of heart disease in dogs include spontaneous weight loss, difficulty breathing and fainting.


Gentle exercise is also important and is as simple as taking your dog for a walk a few times a week. If your dog already has heart disease allow him to set the pace. Stop or slow down if he seems very tired or starts to cough.


Your dog may have been diagnosed with cardiac ischemia, which is a reduced blood supply to the heart. Reperfusion is another possible heart problem which means actual damage to the heart tissue. Both these problems will respond well to CoQ10. CoQ10 is a fantastic supplement for dogs as it not only slows down the progression of heart disease, but it will also improve the overall health of your dog. We all know that a happy dog is a healthy dog.


To prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol (bad choleterol) in your dog and to help your dogs heart health, then we recommend some good old Vitamin E. You should give your dog Vitamin E in 200-500 IU each day.  

Another natural supplement for heart disease in dogs is L-Carnitine. It will help with deterioration of the heart muscle. If you combine L-Carnitine with another supplement called Taurine, it will help to improve your dog’s life expectancy as well. This can be given in the amount of 500-2000 mg daily.


In conclusion there are many ways to  improve your dog’s heart health, as long as you keep a watchful eye on his health and take him or her to vet visits each year or straight away if something seems wrong. Remember, heart disease in dogs could arise at any time, so you should keep an eye out for any symptoms that may arise.

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