Last Modified on Sep 10, 2014
Home Remedies for Pets with Heart Murmurs
Heart murmurs are abnormal sounds or vibrations heard in the heart and caused by blood flow; and this is a disorder that affects both humans and pets alike. Usually only audible by stethoscope, a heart murmur is usually due to conditions outside the heart like turbulent blood flow rather than the heart itself; but can be caused by narrowing or leaking heart valves. Heart murmur in dogs can range from simple to grave, with symptoms like poor appetite, weight loss, breathing problems; and are more serious when you pet has fainting spells and a weak pulse, and an underlying cause must be determined. Heart murmur in cats can stunt the growth of kittens.
A heart murmur can be indicative of a number of illnesses: anemia, hyperthyroidism, heartworm, heart valve failure, heart inflammation, and the narrowing of veins and arteries. Treatment shouldn’t wait, especially if the heart murmur is audible without a stethoscope or can be felt by hand.
Treat Your Pet’s Heart Murmur Naturally
On this page you can find user-submitted home remedies to treat heart murmurs. Earth Clinic readers have suggested the use of a number of diet supplements such as milk thistle, krill oil, D-ribose, L-arginine, ester-C, magnesium, and carnitine to remedy heart murmurs in pets. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat heart murmurs in pets. Know of a remedy not listed here? Don’t hesitate to share your story with us!
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Canine Congestive Heart Failure
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[YEA] My dog Bella (11 year old, 10lbs, Shih Tzu) was diagnosed with CHF, Mitral Valve Disease with a # 5 murmur about 4 months ago. The Vet recommend we take her to a cardiologist, and the cardiologist immediately put her on Vetmedin, Benazepril, Furosemide, and Spironolactone. We saw some improvement for 2 months. I hated that she is on these Meds because the bad side effects.
While only the prescribed Meds, she still did not want to eat and each meal was a fight to get the food down. She was coughing badly, she had little energy, and looked very frail.
One day I came home and walked in the door. Bella got overly excited to see me come home. She was wagging her tail doing her little dance and barking as usual and then suddenly she collapsed to floor. She started convulsing and howling. She was in distress, her gums turned white and she felt cold. I thought she was having a heart attack. I thought it was truly the end and that she was going to die in my arms that day.
I rushed her to the VET. Bella thankfully pulled through what I later found out was a fainting spell. The Vet told me that she would have maybe 6-12 months to live and that she might require full time oxygen treatments to make her more comfortable and not to let her get excited at all as sudden death was a possibility. I disconnected my door bell, I prevented her from playing with my other two dogs. I did everything to keep her clam but she still looked and felt miserable. I was not going to sit helplessly watching her deteriorate.
After many hours / days researching on internet, talking to Dr's, and other dog owners about what "works". About 2 months ago, I found "in my opinion", a course of treatment that has unquestionably worked for my dog. I am now really convinced that she can live a long "normal" life if I keep her on this course of treatment.
Bella has significantly more energy, and has not fainted since starting this treatment. On this treatment, her breathing rate has drastically improved and is now 16 BPM while resting, before while only on the MEDS it was averaging 30 BPM. Bella's coughing has almost completely stopped (about 95% improvement).
We started by changing her diet to only freshly prepared foods that we make at home. NO MORE STORE BOUGHT DOG FOODS OR TREATS AT ALL.
Bella is a very picky eater so we had to experiment with what she would and would not eat. Any type of brown rice, carets, celery, apples, parsley, cucumber, is a no go! She will refuse to even look at the food bowl if it's in there, no matter how well you think you may have disguised it.
We discovered she loves ground turkey, and boiled chicken breast (all no salt or very low sodium). We mix in a heaping tablespoon of baked (microwaved) sweet potato in the turkey or chicken along with a teaspoon of olive oil, and a tablespoon of Quaker Oats (the quick one minute oatmeal in the big can with zero sodium) add some warm water too to the mix and serve. We also make sure she has access to lots of fresh water at all times.
Fair warning, the products below are not inexpensive. My dog is like my child, so I will do what it takes to keep her healthy. I researched each supplement to make sure I felt I was giving her the absolute best quality and best "form" of that particular supplement.
Here is an example; In my research I found It is best to use Propionyl L-carnitine to treat heart disease and not Acetyle-L-carnitine or L-carnitine. Check the link out http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/carnitine-l-000291.htm
Below is exactly what I give to my 10lb Shih Tzu. Please check with your VET before giving to your dog. I found the best prices are on Amazon for everything listed below.
- D-Ribose - By Doctor' Best. 1 heaping scoop, (twice a day sprinkle on food).
- Ubiquinol QH-absorb (CoQ10) - By Jarrow Formulas 200mg, (1 pill twice a day)
- Propionyl-L-Carnitine HCI By Jarrow Formulas 750 mg, (1 pill twice a day)
- Magnesium Taurate By Cardiovascular Research -125 mg, (1 pill a day)
- Mega Red Extra Strength Krill Oil, - By Schiff, 500mg (1 pill twice a day)
- L-Arginine - By Jarrow Formulas, 1000 mg (1 pill a day)
- Colon Green Fiber Supplement with Probiotics and Enzymes, - By Futurebiotics (Sprinkle 2 pills twice a day)
- Esther C Vegetarian Capsules, - By American Health 500mg (1 pill twice a day)
- Milk Thistle, 200mg (1 pill twice a day)
- Senior Vitality Multi Vitamin, - By Optimal Pet (1 pill a day)
My dog is still on conventional medication (Vetmedin, Benazepril, & Furosemide), we weaned her off of the Spironolactone, and I hope to soon be able to wean her off all of these meds soon. I'm just waiting for her next cardiologist appointment in 2 months. I'm hoping the Dr. Can see and measure her improvement with another ultrasound.
Let me tell you this combo in my opinion, WORKS as I have seen the night/day difference in my dog. She now has the energy to play and run again. The best part is I have my dog back greeting me once again at the front door getting overly excited doing her dance and barking. Day by day she seems to continue to improve. It may not work for your dog but certainly is worth a try.