HEART DISEASE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO DOGS
Dealing with heart disease in San Luis Obispo dogs?? At Mission Animal Hospital, we can help you and your pet with the advanced diagnostics and holistic care needed to maximize their quality of life.
WHAT CAUSES HEART DISEASE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO DOGS? Heart disease can be congenital, like some heart murmurs, or it can be an acquired problem in older pets. Perhaps the most common heart problem in older small dogs is damage to a heart valve, which then creates a heart murmur and eventual congestive heart failure. Diseases of the heart muscle, or cardiomyopathy, can occur at any age. YOUR PET’S HEART CONTRACTS OVER 120,000 TIMES A YEAR– THINK ABOUT THAT!! our pet’s heart contracts over 120,000 times per year– think about that.
MEDICAL THERAPY FOR HEART DISEASE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO DOGS:
a) correcting any underlying causes,
b) improving heart function, and
c) treating the consequences of heart disease, which involve both inadequate blood flow to vital organs and excessive fluid accumulation. The first line of defense typically includes….
-ACE inhibitors like enalapril to improve heart contractility, decrease blood pressure, and improve renal function
–Furosemide (Lasix) to help minimize fluid accumulation and congestion,
–A low sodium diet to reduce hypertension and fluid accumulation
As cardiac disease progresses, additional therapy like adrenergic-, beta-, or calcium channel blockers are typically required.
NUTRITIONAL THERAPY FOR HEART DISEASE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO DOGS:
- WEIGHT LOSS– The less your pet weighs, the less work for their heart
- CoEnzymeQ10: Numerous studies support its role in providing energy for muscle cells within the heart, thus minimizing the progression of disease. Human research has shown that CoQ10 is beneficial in controlling cardiac arrhthmias, congestive heart disease, and cardiomyopathy. Dose is 2.5 mg per lb
body weight, and the ubiquinol form is preferred over the ubiquinone form.
- Taurine: Deficiencies have been linked to cardiac disease in pets. All cats with heart disease should be
placed on taurine supplementation.
- L-Carnitine has been shown to improve cardiac function by allowing heart muscle to use lower levels of
oxygen more efficiently. Supplementation also has been proven to slow the rate of cardiac disease
progression. Dose is 25 mg per lb body weight, given twice a day.
- –NOTE THAT WE HAVE A TASTY CHEWABLE SUPPLEMENT THAT CONTAINS ALL OF THESE INGREDIENTS…
ANTIOXIDANT THERAPY FOR HEART DISEASE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO PETS:
- The heart is the poster child for the negative effects of chronic inflammation. Free radical formation has been shown in multiple studies to damage the heart muscle and valves.
- Vitamin E also helps to improve cardiac output and directly inhibits platelet aggregation.
Dose is 8 IU per lb body weight, once a day.
- Fish Oil improves cardiac output, contractility, and oxygen utilization. Dose is 500 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per 25 lb body weight, given once a day.