Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats (also High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Edema) often indicates nutritional deficiency. Fortunately, we have Functional Food Drops TM for nutritional deficiency.
Congestive heart failure (CHF), particularly in older cats and dogs, is one of the more common problems vets diagnose these days. This heart disease occurs when the animal's heart functions abnormally because of deterioration in the valves, cardiomyopathy, the use of allopathic drugs, or a disease of the heart lining.
Fluid builds up around the heart muscle making normal activity extremely tiring. Congestive heart failure can be treated with a number of medications – either conventional or herbal – plus corrections in lifestyle.
Heartworms can, on rare occasion, be a cause of congestive heart failure in dogs. Also, coronary artery disease, while rarely diagnosed in dogs, occurs only with severe hypothyroidism in dogs accompanied by extremely high serum cholesterol levels.
Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
In the early stages of the condition, the dog or cat may exhibit
symptoms beyond slight fatigue after exertion. As the disease
progresses, the pet may experience periodic coughing, shortness of
breath, increased fatigue,
poor appetite and weight loss. The disorder usually occurs in animals
over the age
of 8 years but may affect younger animals that have heart defects.
Conventional Medications For CHF
Veterinarians generally treat congestive heart failure in dogs with enalapril maleate, an ACE inhibitor drug that helps the heart pump more efficiently. Lasix (generic name furosemide) is a diuretic that is used to remove fluid from the body. Other medications are available to aid heart function and remove fluid buildup.
Exercise can help
Exercise can be helpful for dogs that are not exhibiting symptoms
of fatigue or shortness of breath. However, when these symptoms are present,
veterinarians recommend limiting exercise to prevent overworking the heart or
Diet low in sodium
For congestive heart failure in dogs, veterinarians recommend a low-salt
diet to prevent excessive fluid buildup. Low-salt commercial dog foods such as
Hill's h/d, Royal Canin EC or Purina CV are good choices for dogs with this
condition, but avoid grains as always. If you prepare your own homemade form of dog or cat food, avoid adding salt
or seasonings that contain sodium.
Fortunately for pets a growing number of veterinarians now
recognize the value of nutritional supplements for dogs with certain
conditions. A number of supplements are recommended for canines with heart
disease. If your veterinarian is among the Enlightened who understand the value of good nutrition, ask whether he or she
thinks the following supplements will help your dog's condition and overall
Taurine - This is
an amino acid that supports heart health. Taurine is abundant in meat products.
If you think your dog is not eating sufficient meat, consider the addition of taurine.
Another amino acid that helps heart health, arginine can be useful for
increasing exercise tolerance and reducing shortness of breath often experienced with
congestive heart failure in dogs and cats.
Fish Oil - Fish
oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that support heart function. It can be used
to increase appetite and reduce muscle loss from poor eating.
CoQ10 - This
compound functions as an antioxidant to increase heart efficiency. Ask your
veterinarian if CoQ10 would be helpful as a supplement for your dog's condition.
Younger dogs with congestive heart failure can live for years with this condition if careful treatment is administered over the years. Regular checkups are recommended to ensure that medications are working well or if dosage needs to change for increased efficiency. Depending on the amount of damage to the heart and lungs, even older dogs can live for many additional years when given proper treatment for congestive heart failure. These dogs need close monitoring by a loving care giver.Back to top
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Hawthorne Berries are both legendary and specific for heart wellness. Centuries of use in herbal clinical practice and validated by today's scientific scrutiny place this potent herb in top position for a healthy heart.
Motherwort is used for its powerful ability to relieve your pet of anxiety. Also, according to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, "Historically, motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca, L. quinquelobatus) was one of the most widely used botanicals for supporting a healthy cardiovascular system and is far underutilized in the natural products industry."
Coleus Forskohlii has been used for centuries to improve heart health, blood pressure, and increase oxygen transport.
Ginger Root is used traditionally in the naturopathic medical community to normalize cholesterol and help with blood viscosity.
Ginkgo biloba is vet recommended for animals with poor blood flow.
Give by mouth or add to food:
Small Cats & Dogs (5 lbs and under) 1/2 dropper twice daily.
6 to 20 lbs 1 dropper twice daily.
Medium Dogs (21 to 60 lbs) 2 droppers twice daily.
Large Dogs (61 to 100 lbs) 3 droppers twice daily.
Giant Dogs (101 lbs and up) 4 droppers twice daily.
NOTE: This product is not recommended for pregnant or nursing animals and should not be given to animals on any other heart medication, blood thinning medication, or to animals with hyperthyroidism. One dropper = 1 squeeze of the black bulb (1.0mL) which fills the pipette about half full. Refrigerate after opening.
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