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Pet Cholesterol / High Triglycerides in Dogs and Cats

Pet Cholesterol / High Triglycerides in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address conditional needs related to high cholesterol and may help relieve hyperlipidemia in cats and dogs.

The heart is the center of the cardiovascular system, which interacts with many other organs and tissues, including the liver, kidneys, and digestive system. Plant and marine based nutrition can help provide critical nutrients that are required to help support optimal cardiac function, as well as encourage natural muscle cell healing and regeneration, which is especially important when heart dysfunction or heart irregularity presents.

High cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidermia, is defined as too much fat or fatty substances in the blood. Animals, like humans, can experience an increase of blood cholesterol levels and excess cholesterol is commonly linked to heart disease, which also commonly affects dogs and cats, although excess cholesterol appears to affect dogs in greater numbers than cats. 

Cholesterol can be a good thing or a bad thing for your pet. Cholesterol is a lipid molecule in the form of a fatty, waxy substance that the liver produces to digest fat from food. Cholesterol is transported through large molecules called lipoproteins into the blood to the various organs. .  

While its common for your pet to experience an increased absorption of triglycerides or cholesterol after eating an extremely fatty meal or an increase in the production of triglycerides or cholesterol, the following areas could be indicators of high cholesterol problems.

Common signs of excess cholesterol in dogs and cats include:

Abdominal pain

Seizures

Yellow bumps filled with a greasy, fatty fluid (sometimes confused with allergy symptoms)

Nervous system irregularities (shaking, seizures)

Common causes of high cholesterol in dogs and cats include:

Obesity

Degenerative kidney disease

Hypothyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

Pancreatic inflammation or pancreatic insufficiency

Diabetes mellitus

Bile duct obstruction

Genetics

Pregnancy

Dogs are diagnosed with high cholesterol if triglycerides are more than 150 mg/dL and/or if cholesterol is more than 300 mg/dL.

Cats are diagnosed with high cholesterol if triglycerides are more than 100 mg/dL and /or cholesterol is more than 200 mg/dL.

Helpful suggestions to help manage and prevent high cholesterol in your dog and cat and these include:

Feed your pet holistic, premium food, raw or home cooked; a diet free of corn, wheat, soy, preservatives, colorants or additives

If your pet has been diagnosed with high cholesterol, consider lowering dietary fat by 10% (consult with your vet)

Provide fresh, filtered water daily to avoid dehydration and flush out toxins

Ensure your pets get regular exercise – walk your dog at twice daily and encourage him to swim. Keep your cat active by playing games such as fetch

Strengthen your pet’s immune system with immune building supplements

Wash and disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls daily and bedding often to prevent infection and disease

Detox your pet annually to get rid of unwanted toxins; more often if your pet uses steroids or antibiotics

Avoid exposing your dog or cat to irritants and toxins such as smoking, household detergents, scented candles, dryer sheets, pesticides and fertilizers

Visit your vet regularly to ensure overall health and wellbeing

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets  - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia as a cardio tonic, to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels (to help support high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or good cholesterol and to help lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol) as well as help support the pancreas and liver in animals; as a tonic for pancreatic, liver, digestive, cardiovascular and immune system health; to help improve the heart and circulatory systems, including healthy circulation and strong blood vessels; to help support healthy blood pressure; and for their overall wellness benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

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.

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. 

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart and brain healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may help to prevent blood clots (thrombus) and may provide critical neuro support for brain health; to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

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.

Easy Flow – (learn more) helps support circulatory and lymphatic function to aid in toxin elimination in the body; encourages blood flow to remove waste products from the body which may help promote cardiac and circulatory function and may help reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining hearth health; supports the strength of veins, arteries, heart, muscle cell healing and regeneration, for hypertension; supports healthy blood circulation to the brain; may help address symptoms of  varicose veins, aching joints and heavy, swollen legs; may help address symptoms of degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy by toning the cardiovascular system; may help fight infections related to heart; for mild heart arrythmias and as a stroke preventative.

Conventional Remedies:

 

Your vet will perform a thorough physical examination, may put your pet on a strict fast for 12 hours, perform a complete blood count (CBC), chemical blood profile, urinalysis and a serum sample for biochemical analysis. 

Treatment involves changing your pet’s diet to a low fat diet (less than ten percent fat) and monitoring serum triglyceride levels to prevent acute pancreatitis.

 

 

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