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Heart Health

Natural treatments for heart disease in cats and dogs to prevent canine and feline cardiomyopathy.

The heart is at the center of the cardiovascular system providing nutritional support to the cardiovascular system and other organs including the liver, kidneys, and digestive system, supporting optimal cardiac function and muscle cell healing and regeneration.

Heart disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans. In order to understand the implications of heart disease for your pet, you need to understand the anatomy and function of the heart. The heart consists of four chambers which are divided into right and left sides.

The upper chambers are atria while the lower chambers are called ventricles. The heart is one of the most essential organs of the body and the primary function is to pump blood containing oxygen and nutrients through the blood vessels to the cells within the body. If the heart fails to pump blood effectively and efficiently, the blood circulating to the body is significantly reduced and heart failure occurs.

More and more dogs and cats develop various types of heart disease each year. These diseases include congestive heart failure, diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), diseases of the heart valve, heart murmur, arrhythmias or congenital defects. In dogs, heart disease may develop as a result of defects in the heart muscle or in the valves.

In cats, heart muscle defects are the most common form of heart disease. Although heart disease is serious and a cause for concern, with proper management and treatment your pet can live a healthy life.

Types of heart disease

Heart disease in dogs and cats affect the heart muscle and valves – dilated cardiomyopathy, mitral valve disease and chronic valvular heart disease.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle disease which is characterized by the thinning of the muscle and as a result, the heart has to struggle to pump effectively. Because the heart has to work extra hard, it stretches and enlarges and causes circulation and blood flow to the organs to decrease. It typically affects medium to large breeds such as German Shepherds, Doberman pinschers, Great Danes and Irish Setters.

In mitral valve disease, the surfaces of the heart valves are affected. The heart valves which usually act as a seal between the chambers of the heart begin to leak affecting circulation and blood pressure.

The leakage may also cause a heart murmur. Mitral valve disease is the most common form of heart disease and typically affects small to medium size breeds such as the Poodle, Chihuahua, Schnauzer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Boston terrier or Fox terrier. Older dogs, particularly male dogs are prone to this disease. Cats rarely develop heart valve disease.

Chronic valvular heart disease develops as a result of thickening and degeneration of the heart valves. This may lead to enlargement of the heart and heart failure because of a build up of fluid in the abdomen or lungs.

Symptoms and signs

Heart disease occurs as a result of various factors including heart infection, congenital defects, genetics, hyperthyroidism , a weak heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) or heart valve, obesity, aging, poor nutrition or lack of exercise.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies can be used as stand alone therapies or as adjunctive additions to conventional therapies, depending on the health and wellness of your animal. Herbal remedies have been used for millennia as a cardio tonic, to improve the heart and circulatory systems, including healthy circulation and strong blood vessels, to support healthy blood pressure, and for their benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

The Green Machine – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

That’s A Nice Looking Bone! – (learn more) used holistically for Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption and for bone mineral density, thereby increasing bone mass, and to support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity.

Cholestero-Low – (learn more) provides nutrients that reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of coronary cardiac heart and coronary disease, removes fat from arterial walls, for arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis; supports cardiac and circulatory function, supports the strength of veins, arteries and healthy blood circulation to the brain, balances blood sugar levels, for diabetes, for hypertension, combats degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, for Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease (CHD), Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease and Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

There are a number of things that you can do to support heart health in your pet and these include:

Feed your pet high quality commercial food or all an natural diet that contains the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Encourage moderate exercise and make sure that you do not over-exercise your pet

Maintain a healthy weight in your pet – overweight and obese cats and dogs are more at risk of heart disease

Always provide fresh, clean water

Incorporate an immune booster to your pet’s treatment plan to boost their immune system.

Make sure that your pet is treated for heartworm infection

Visit your vet regularly for routine check ups

Reduce stress and anxiety in your pet

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Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of heart disease is based on your pet’s symptoms, a thorough physical examination and review of the medical history. Additional diagnostic tests such as x-rays, ultrasound and ECG (electrocardiogram) will be performed to determine the cause of heart disease.

Your vet will prescribe certain medications depending on the type of heart disease, cause and your pet’s overall health. Medications such as diuretics, vasodilators administered are aimed at reducing the build up of fluid in the chest and lungs, increasing the amount of blood pumped by the heart and correcting rhythm abnormalities. In addition, a special diet and nutrient supplements may be recommended as part of the treatment plan. In more severe cases, surgery may be required.

 

 

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