Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) can affect both dogs and cats and usually develops in middle-age and senior pets. Congestive Heart Failure is diagnosed when the heart cannot deliver enough blood to the body and fluid backs up into a pet’s lungs and abdomen, putting pressure on the heart. There can be a variety of reasons for CHF, but one of the more common causes is Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD). DMVD is detected by a heart murmur and may have a genetic connection as it is more common in some breeds (e.g. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Newfoundland, Bull Terrier and Siamese cats) . Congestive Heart Failure is a progressive disease, but with early intervention you can improve the life-span and quality of life for your pet. 

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Easily tiring after exercise
  • Bluish discoloration of the tongue
  • Sudden Collapse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A persistent dry cough (cats do not cough)
  • Accumulation of fluid in the lungs, leg or abdomen
  • May have a hard time settling down (especially at night)
  • Fainting or dementia due to lack of blood flow to the brain
  • Cats will open mouth breathe and pant
Holistic Approach to Congestive Heart Failure

·  Feed a healthy anti-inflammatory diet avoiding grains, fillers, fatty foods and chemicals. 
· Maintain a healthy weight by consistent exercise
·  Maintain good dental health (bacteria dog and cats mouths have been linked to heart valve infections)
· Use Heart Health Supportive Natural Supplements

Natural Supplements For Dogs and Cats with Congestive Heart Failure

Amazing Omegas - A research-backed, powerful source of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) which has been shown to benefit dogs and cats with heart disease. 

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 - powerful antioxidant that provides an efficient and natural method of nutrient delivery for heart health and may slow the progression of heart disease.

Resveratrol for Dogs- an exceptional antioxidant that has been researched for it's cardiovascular support and cancer-fighting properties.