Is Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
and Cats a Sign of Nutritional Deficiency?

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats (also High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Edema) often indicates nutritional deficiency. Fortunately, we have a cure 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 few 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.

Dog with heart damage

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 labored breathing.

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.

Supplements for
Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

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 health:

     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.

     Arginine - 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.

General Prognosis

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.

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Primalix Heart Hardy bottle, 4 oz, for congestive heart failure in dogs.

What is it? 

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  • Primalix Heart Hardy is the 100% natural cardiotonic for maintaining normal heart function in all breeds of domestic dogs (large and small) and cats
  • Heart Hardy acts directly yet gently on the heart and circulatory system to help promote muscle strength, regularity, and normal blood pressure
  • Only drug-free, side-effect-free USDA Certified Organic whole plant constituents used
  • Acts as a mild diuretic to restore wellness
  • Comes in convenient Functional Food Drops TM

Key benefits

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Our glycerites provide up to 5 times more absorption than pills, granules or tablets.
  • Contains no drugs, alcohol or artificial anything
  • Naturally safe and effective
  • Only USDA Certified Organic herbs used
  • No side effects
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Up to 5 times more absorption in the gut than pills, tablets or granules


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We give you 2 to 4 times the medicine.

Hawthorne Berries are both legendary and specific for heart wellness. Centuries of use in clinical practice, validated by today's scientific scrutiny, place this potent herb in top position for restoring healthy heart function.

Motherwort is used for its powerful ability to ease dis-ease by promoting wellness, relaxing blood vessels and calming nerves.

Coleus Forskohlii has been used for centuries to improve heart health, blood pressure, and increase oxygen transport. It works on muscles in the heart and in blood vessel walls producing a more powerful heartbeat and widening of blood vessels.

Comes in convenient Functional Food Drops.

Ginger Root lowers cholesterol and helps prevent blood from clotting. Normal blood composition helps in heart disease where blood vessels become blocked leading to heart attack or stroke.

Ginkgo biloba addresses problems related to poor blood flow by thinning the blood, reducing high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, blood clots, and heart disease.

Dosing Instructions

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One dropper equals one squeeze of the black bulb, which fills the pipette about half full.Medicine dropper with instructions

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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Primalix Heart Hardy bottle, 4 oz, for congestive heart failure in dogs.
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