Dog Heart Disease – Heal Your Dog’s Heart Naturally
Dog Congestive Heart Failure and Other Dog Heart Problems
- Dog Heart Disease
Do NOT wait until your dog is diagnosed with some form of canine heart disease before you act.
Congestive heart disease in dogs is relatively common, as are other types of dog heart problems. It’s far more prevalent in particular breeds, which run the gamut as far as size is concerned – from Great Danes to Poodles, Doberman Pinschers to Cocker Spaniels, and Boxers.
And by the time your vet diagnoses heart disease, the advice can often be to take your dog home and make him or her as comfortable as you can for the short time s/he has remaining. What devastating news! And more so because it’s actually preventable.
Even if your dog is unlucky enough to already have canine heart murmur, or other heart disease, it may not be too late. It is treatable in many cases, even though your vet is unlikely to point you in the right direction. Vets are essential for our dog’s wellbeing, but most of them are drug / surgery oriented, as a result of the training which they receive.
But there is an alternative to what your vet may recommend for many ailments and conditions.
The most likely cause of heart disease of all types (enlarged heart, heart murmur, dilated cardiomyopathy – DCM – or heart failure), is though to be an L-Carnitine and Taurine deficiency. And there’s no way of telling if your dog is deficient in these nutrients without conducting a biopsy of the heart tissue. As you might imagine, this is not an investigation which is routinely performed on living dogs.
But the great news is that L-Carnitine and Taurine have been proven to increase life expectancy in dogs by improving cardiac function to the extent that heart disease can be prevented from occurring, improved or even reversed.
What are L-Carnitine and Taurine?
L-Carnitine is a natural protein-like substance which enables cells to carry fuel, in the form of fatty acids, to the heart.
And Taurine is an amino acid found naturally in the muscles of the body, and most abundantly in the heart tissue. Taurine maintains cell membranes, regulates heartbeat and protects the heart from calcium overload.
So it stands to reason that a deficiency of these nutrients is likely to result of some form of heart disease.
(c) 2004 – 2013, Brigitte Smith, Healthy Happy Dogs