Supplements for Heart Health

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Supplements for Heart Health

Postby merriterrier » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:18 pm

Ardy (geriatric Rat Terrier) has been diagnosed with a grade 5 heart murmur. So to add to his mal-absorption issue (and resulting emaciation), and recently acquiring a Staph infection (BTW how could he catch staph?) we now have to add a heart med to his daily barrage of medications and supplements. so I have 2 questions.

1) he is getting Enacard 2 1/2 MG in the am. is there anything I should be watching for?

2) are there supplements or herbs I can give him to promote heart health?

He is currently eating raw (well lightly steamed) beef. his supplements etc are: probios, calcium, a multi-vitamin, slippery elm and active manuka honey, plus the Enacard, and Keflex(for his Staph).


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Postby FransterDoo » Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:06 pm

We do 50mg of Co-Q emzyme 10 for Franny (57 pounds).

She's a grade 2-3 arotic stemnosis and asymptomatic.

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Postby jtalt7 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:26 pm

My boy has been on Cardiovascular Support
Since he was diagnosed with his three heart conditions two years ago.
He loves them and the holistic vet swears by them.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:05 am

Omega-3 fatty acids are a great supplement for many conditions, including heart health.

Here is a link to information about the most likely cause of his heart condition: ... C=0&A=2515

You might look into the latest and greatest heart medication, its called Pimobendan. Its a little more expensive, but it dilates blood vessels and increases the strength of heart muscle contractions at the same time.

If you have the time, money and access, seeing a cardiologist is always a good plan.

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Postby jlphilli » Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:10 pm

x2 on the Coenzyme Q10


Postby RuffMuttK9z » Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:02 pm

Fish Oil is excellent for heart and circulatory health. Most of us already give it to our dogs for their skin/coat but don't realize the other benefits. Every morning I give my dogs fish oil and then I give myself fish oil, too.

I have a dog with a heart murmur and fish oil is the only supplement she gets. She's had the murmur since birth and is now 5 yrs old and still going strong and perfectly normal. I realize your guy is older and has other issues, too, but unless there is some reason that he can't have fish oil, it sure can't hurt at this point.

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Postby EagleEye » Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:32 pm

I also supplemented my old boy Stockey (RIP) with CoQ10 for his heart disease.

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Postby merriterrier » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:36 pm

Thank you for the help! :thumbsup:

Ardy hasn't been on Fish Oil in a while (though my other dogs are). A while back when the weight loss got really bad and he has horrid chronic diarrhea we took him off everything and added back in one at a time. I haven't started him back on the Fish Oil yet. I'll add that in.

I hadn't even thought of CoQ10!

Thanks for the link Misskiwi! That sounds like it fits Ardy to a "T." The vet said it was a weak valve. Also thanks for the med suggestion!

Right now seeing a cardiac specialist is kinda out of the question, $$, distance, time, and his age are all factors. We are planning on saving up to go to a specialist, but our emergency vet fund is low.

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