Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Silent Killer: Heart Disease and Your Pet

In both people and pets, heart disease can be a silent killer.  Being proactive is essential as warning signs may not appear until the disease has progressed to an advanced state.

Dogs and cats can have a variety of heart conditions. Common heart disease problems may include heart murmurs, congestive heart failure or poor valve function. While some breeds may be predisposed to develop congenital heart conditions, pets often develop heart problems with age. The heart is similar to the engine in your car and as it starts to wear out, other parts of the body will be affected as well. For example, pets with heart disease may develop kidney problems. Early diagnoses, working closely with your veterinarian and using a heart-healthy diet and supplement regimen, can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

The heart is a mechanical pump that supplies low-oxygen blood to the lungs (for replenishment) and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. There are four chambers made up of muscle. These chambers have valves that keep the blood moving in the correct direction. When you bring your pet to the veterinarian, your doctor will use diagnostic tools to evaluate your pet’s heart and respiratory health. Your veterinarian will review your pet’s clinical history, observe your pet’s breathing and pulse rates and listen to your pet’s heart and lungs using a stethoscope. If a problem is detected, more extensive tests may be necessary such as an XRAY, blood test (CBC and cardiac biomarker called NT-proBNP). Blood pressure test, ECG (electrocardiograph) and an echocardiogram.

You can help your pet’s heart disease by maintaining your pet’s weight at a healthy level. Many pets are overweight and this can create a significant burden for the heart. Overweight pets are at risk for not only developing heart disease, but they can also develop diabetes, cancer and mobility problems. Pets with heart disease need a high fiber diet, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and supplementation with Purrfect Pet CoQ10 especially.   Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is a special ubiquinol formulation of CoQ10 that has been tested by a veterinarian on his own cats!  Vitality Now is essential for dogs with heart disease as it provides vital nutrients to support the heart and can help overweight pets lose weight.
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