Has your dog just been diagnosed with a heart complaint? Don’t despair! Although heart disease in dogs is incurable, 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 improve the health of dogs who may have already sustained some heart damage. So let’s have a look at how we can do this.
Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to heart disease. Is your dog eating a healthy diet? If not this may be the cause of his deteriorating health. Rather than beating yourself up about this, start learning about healthy foods for dogs and what to feed your dog to improve his health and aid his recovery.
Conventional medications for heart disease in dogs can have some serious side effects. Making the effort to find a holistic vet who can point you towards a natural cure is well worthwhile. A holistic vet can prescribe herbal remedies such as hawthorn and dandelion which can both help strengthen the heart muscle and prevent harmful fluid build up.
Make sure you make the time to take your dog for his yearly vet check up even though he seems healthy. If you notice your dog coughing, especially during the night time or after exercise, then you should waste no time in taking your dog to the vet 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 there seems to be a difference in the way they’re breathing, then take them 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 can be as simple as taking your dog for a walk two or three times a week. If your dog is already affected by heart problems allow him to set the pace. Stop or slow down if he seems very tired or starts to cough.
If your vet has diagnosed your dog with cardiac ischemia, which is a shortage of blood supply to the heart, or reperfusion, which is damage to the heart tissue, then CoQ10 will help your dog. CoQ10 is a natural co-enzyme which will not only help to slow down the progression of heart disease in your dog, but will also improve his overall 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 dog’s heart health, then we recommend some good old Vitamin E. You should give your dog Vitamin E in 200-500 IU each day mixed with his food.
Another recommended natural supplement for heart disease in dogs is L-Carnitine which 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.
So to conclude, it is very easy to keep your dogs heart safe, as long as you pay close attention to his health and remember to take him to his annual visit to the vet each year (or straight away if something seems wrong). Remember, heart disease in dogs can happen fast and without warning, so please be watchful for any of the above symptoms.