February 18, 2014

Heart Disease and Pets

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Pet Health — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:50 pm

heart_disease_in_cats_dogsHeart disease is a serious condition in both cats and dogs, and definitely should not be ignored. Knowing what the symptoms are, may help your pet live a long and healthy life, by providing them with the right treatments and/or remedies at the right times.

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Pets

Symptoms of heart disease in cats and dogs include:

  • Wheezing
  • Panting after minimal activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • No appetite
  • Minimal energy
  • Fatigue
  • Blue-gray color inside of mouth
  • Coughing
  • Swollen limbs
  • Dragging of feet
  • Weakness

How to Treat Heart Disease in Cats and Dogs

When it comes to heart disease in cats and dogs, you want to make sure that you support their cardiovascular system with natural remedies. These include a healthy diet, CoQ10, and amino acids.

Nutritious Diet for Pets

When it comes to a diet, make sure that your furry friend is being fed a diet that is grain free and appropriate for a cat or dog. Making sure their bodies receive the proper nutrients through food is the first step in preventing and treating heart disease.

CoQ10 for Cats and Dogs

CoQ10 is a supplement that can be used for heart disease in cats and dogs.  The vitamin provides energy to the heart so that it does not struggle to get nutrients and blood throughout the body.

Amino Acids


Taurine is an excellent amino acid for cats. You can purchase this amino acid as a supplement to add to your cat’s diet, or you can switch your cat from a commercial diet to a raw food diet to get more Taurine into their system.


L-Carnitine is an amino acid that can strengthen both a cat and dog’s heart. This supplement can be added to your pet’s food.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is known to be a healthy fat that promotes good cardiovascular health by reducing inflammation. You can add flaxseed oil directly to your pet’s food.


Hawthorne is a herbal remedy that contains phytochemicals. Hawthorne improves heart function by encouraging blood to flow to the heart, while also supporting the heart in it’s pumping process. It is an excellent herb for strengthening the heart and normalizing the heartbeat.

All in all, you should never ignore the signs of heart disease in your cat or dog. Prevention and treatment can go a long way in saving your pet’s life.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.