Showing posts with label holistic care for dogs with heart disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holistic care for dogs with heart disease. Show all posts
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Rescue Puppy with Giardia And Heart Disease Lives To Be 10 With Help From Natural Supplements

“My precious Romo passed away.  Romo lived to be 10 years old despite having a tough start.  He was 4 months old when I rescued him. He had Giardia, had been bitten on his leg which caused an infection, and he had a seroma from his vaccinations since they gave him all his vaccinations at the time he was neutered.  Romo was a very loving, kind and extremely smart dog. He developed dilated cardiomyopathy and kidney disease when he was about 5 years old. I changed his diet to homemade and started him on a supplement regimen which include the following products from Ask Ariel:

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 for Dogs
Power Probiotic for Pets
Kidney Health Protein Support for Pets
Resveratrol for Dogs
Renelix Dog and Cat Kidney Formula 

I believe the supplements and changing his food slowed down the progression of his heart disease and I was able to reverse his kidney disease. His kidney function and kidney values returned to normal.  His vets said he had kidneys of steel. His heart disease and kidney disease I feel did not contribute to him passing away, all blood work was normal and heart was stable.  We don't know the reason for his passing, but I miss him every day and my love for this special dog will never die.  Love you Romo, you will never be forgotten. "

Cindy F.  - Illinois 

What is dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs? Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart condition that can affect dogs. It is characterized by the enlargement (dilation) of the heart chambers, particularly the left ventricle. As the chambers enlarge, the heart muscle becomes thin and weakened, leading to a decrease in the heart's ability to pump blood effectively.

The exact cause of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs is not always clear, but it is believed to have both genetic and nutritional components. Certain breeds, such as Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Great Danes, and Cocker Spaniels, are more predisposed to developing DCM.

Symptoms of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs can include:

Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
Fatigue or weakness
Fainting or collapsing
Abdominal distension
Increased respiratory rate
Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias)
Diagnosis typically involves a combination of physical examination, imaging techniques like X-rays and echocardiography, and sometimes electrocardiography (ECG) to assess the heart's function and rhythm.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Is Your Dog Genetically Predisposed to Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis?

Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS) is a type of heart disease that can cause sudden death to your pet.  It is one of the most common types of inherited heart diseases found in Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Rottweilers. The disease restricts the blood flow from the heart to the aorta, due to a ridge or abnormal tissue growth. It can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Fortunately, genetic testing is now available and hopefully new methods of treatment can be implemented.

Symptoms and Life Span

  • Mild- typically no observable clinical signs of disease.
  • Moderate to Severe- difficulty breathing, weakness, fainting, and in extreme cases, sudden death.
Dogs with severe SAS usually have a lifespan of about 18 months without intervention and up to 5 years with treatment. Dogs with mild to moderate SAS have a longer life span, with some living to average age for the breed. Intervention can help significantly. It is important to work with your veterinarian for the best course of action.

In mild cases, your pet may not require treatment, however, in moderate to severe cases of SAS you should work with your veterinarian  to determine the best course of action. A combination of life style adaptions (limiting the workload on the heart by avoiding intense physical exertion), traditional treatment (beta blockers) and holistic support can improve the quality of life for your pet.  We recommend a heart healthy diet and including   Amazing Omegas for Pets, and Purrfect Pet CoQ10 into your treatment plan.

It is important to keep follow-up appointments with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s progress, so that changes can be made to the treatment plan.

If your dog is having trouble breathing or collapses, even if they recover quickly, see your veterinarian immediately.