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Arrhythmia in Dogs and Cats

Arrhythmia in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to reduce arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat) related to heart disease in dogs and cats.

The heart is at the center of the cardiovascular system and requires critical nutrients to help support the cardiovascular system as well as related organs including the liver, kidneys, and digestive system. Providing nutritional support to the cardiovascular system also supports optimal cardiac function and muscle cell healing and regeneration.

Cardiac arrhythmia refers to an abnormality of the heartbeat rate or pattern of your dog or cat. An arrhythmia can include an irregularity in heart rate -either too fast or too slow, an irregularity in the heartbeat pattern, or a problem in the location where electrical signals are formed in the heart. Some arrhythmias may be harmless and will not require treatment, while others can be serious and life threatening.

Common symptoms of arrhythmia include:

Weakness

Depression

Difficulty breathing

Pale gums

Collapse

Sudden death

Supplements and medications can help to control arrhythmia, but if a specific disease is the cause, simply addressing it nutritionally may be a powerful too in addressing the underlying cause. 

Causes of heart arrhythmias include:

Hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone in the blood)

Electrolyte imbalance

Anemia

Drug reactions

Tumors

Trauma

There are many types of heart rhythm disturbances and many possible causes for it. everal potential causes. All breeds and ages of dogs and cats can get arrhythmia. While heart disease can cause an arrhythmia, it doesn't specifically imply that your pet has a heart condition. Some types of arrhythmias are more specific to breeds. 

Common types of arrhythmias in dogs and cats:

Ventricular Arrhythmias

Atrial Fibrillation

Sick Sinus Syndrome

Heart Block

Myocarditis

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

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

Kick Start My Heart  (learn more)  is used holistically as an adjunctive cardio tonic to help address symptoms related to all types of Heart Disease once diagnosed, including Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease; may help to improve the heart and circulatory systems by strengthening heart muscles and blood flow throughout the body; may help to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, including muscle and cell healing and support of cell walls and arterial blood pressure, for all parts of the body including the brain; may help to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels; may help to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic; may help to stimulate alpha brain waves, critical to heart function; and for its overall toning effects on the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.  

That’s A Nice Looking Bone – (learn more) used holistically to help address all types of 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; for its plant actions to help support bone mineral density, potentially increasing bone mass; for its ability to help restore lost cartilage and bone deterioration and to provide nutritional support for joints, muscles and tissue; for its nutritive content to address mineral deficiency; to help support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity; for its oestradiol compounds which may help address urinary incontinence.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  (learn more) is used holistically as an adjunctive and preventative to heart disease, helping provide nutrients that reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of coronary cardiac heart and coronary disease; removes fat from arterial walls; may help combat degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis; helps support cardiac and circulatory function; helps support the strength of veins, arteries and healthy blood circulation to the brain; helps balance blood sugar levels, critical for pets with diabetes; for hypertension; used holistically to help address Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease (CHD), Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and as a stroke preventative.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Other supportive care:

Feed your pet a premiun, holistic diet which contains essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients and is free of corn, wheat, soy, inferior proteins, chemical additives and preservatives. 

Encourage moderate exercise. 

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

Always provide fresh, filtered, clean water daily

Add an immune boosting herb to your pet's diet

Reduce stress and anxiety in your pet. Like people, stress can damage our pet's health. 

Have your pet treated for heart worm infection

Visit your vet regularly for routine check ups

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.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of heart disease is based on your pet’s symptoms, a thorough physical examination, blood work and a urinalysis may be taken to help rule out underlying diseases or conditions. 

A veterinarian may note an irregularity in the heartbeat when listening to your pet’s heart with a stethoscope. An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) can provide additional information to further define the type of arrhythmia present.

If a veterinarian suspects that the abnormality in rhythm is caused by a heart condition, he or she may recommend X-rays (chest radiographs) and/or an echocardiogram, which is an examination of the heart using ultrasound equipment. 

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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