Has your dog just been diagnosed with a heart complaint? Heart disease in dogs cannot be cured but it can be managed and in some cases much of the damage can be reversed. There are natural remedies and herbs for dogs that can help prevent heart disease and boost the health of dogs who already may have some heart damage. Here we’ll have a look at how this may be done.
Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to heart disease. Are you feeding your dog a healthy diet? If not this could be the cause of his heart problems. Don’t beat yourself up about this, but it’s time to start learning about healthy foods for dogs and what to feed your dog to improve his health and recovery.
Conventional medications for heart disease in dogs may have unwanted 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 at night time or during exercise, then you should take your dog to the vet immediately as this could be one of the symptoms heart disease.
If your dog is lethargic 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. Other serious symptoms of heart disease in dogs include weight loss for no apparent reason, difficulty breathing and fainting.
Moderate exercise is very important and is as simple as walking your dog a few times a week. If your dog is already affected by heart problems you may have to let him set the pace. Slow down or stop 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 will not only help to slow down the progression of heart disease in your dog, but it will also improve your dog’s general health. We all know that a happy dog is a healthy dog.
In order to prevent bad cholesterol (LDL) in your dog and to help your dogs heart health, then we recommend some good old Vitamin E. 200-500 IU a day should be enough for heart health.
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 increase your dog’s life expectancy. 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 whenever you notice something wrong. Remember, heart disease in dogs may happen without warning, so please be watchful for any of the above symptoms.