Pet Heart Health & Heart Illnesses

| Modified on Mar 14, 2022
Natural Pet Care Treatments for Healthy Hearts
Heart disease and heart illnesses are a possibility for our pets as much as for ourselves, so pet owners need to be able to identify the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases in their dogs, cats, and other pets and animals. For instance, dog heart health can be affected by a heart murmur, vascular damage, congenital heart failure, and other forms of heart disease and cardiovascular disorders. Respiratory issues, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weakness in the limbs are among the signs and symptoms you should look out for.

With dogs and cats in particular, the pet owner should be concerned about heartworm, a parasite transferred in mosquito bites that will take up residence in the lung's blood vessels and cause heartworm disease. Coughing and breathing issues can indicate your pet is suffering from a parasitic heartworm infection.

Natural Remedies for Heart Health Pet Care: First and foremost, prevention is essential. This is especially true for heartworm, whether you opt for preventative drugs or instead try to minimize your pet's exposure to mosquitoes and/or use natural anti-parasitic remedies such as black walnut. As in human heart health care, pet owners can also look into apple cider vinegar and possibly cayenne peppers as additions to a heart-healthy diet!

Dilated Cardiomyopathy Treatment for Dogs

Posted by Alexander (Bulgaria) on 10/02/2013

Dear Sirs, my 10 years old dog Is diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy 2 weeks ago. It has a prescription for Vetmedin, Furosemide, Enalapril. I do not want to start giving that medications as they will ruin everything. Qould you please advise can I use natural alternative

A-C Carbamide by Standard Process or Water Out by Now Foods or anything else Instead of Furosenmide
PeptACE Instead of Enalapril

Is It Vetmedin Pimobendan essential?

till now I only giving CardioVet by Vetexpert

but plan to add d ribose, magnesium and omega3

Regards, Alexander


Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) on 07/07/2013

Hi I was wondering if you could add a category for this disease. I have a little min pin who is suffering with this. His ascites has gotten really bad and we have taken him to the vet to be drained twice. The last time was 6 days ago and they took out 300ml from what was a 10 pound dog. He weighs more now with all this water. I saw a post on earth clinic about a woman who used DMSO to induce a diuretic effect and it worked so I decided to give it a shot. Last night I covered his abdomen with 50% solution of DMSO and nothing happened :(. Tonight we put it on full strength, first coating the area with magnesium gel and some parsley tea. We waited 5 minutes then blowdried although it did not really dry. I am hoping we got enough into the system to cause a diuretic effect. I was very nervous that I may hurt him as his health is so fragile now. I really didnt like the experience of getting him drained or the things the vet said about his prognosis. Any experience or ideas would be very appreciated.

Thank you, Mary

EC: Thanks for the suggestion, Mary! Dog heart health is definitely important to a lot of us pet owners (cat heart health too!). Any other contributions to help the EC Community?

Enlarged Heart Remedies

Posted by Thiuni (Colombo, Sri Lanka) on 10/16/2014

I submitted a question before, but don't know if it was received. Anyways, my 2 year old lab Matt was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and I badly want him to get treated properly and hopefully get cured, he is still young and active, no coughing or gagging, has very red gums, pants somewhat alot, slightly enlarged abdomen. We got him checked mainly because he was panting a lot and had an enlarged tummy. Anyway, he's going to start meds of lasixs, spironolactone and augmentine(he has a slight viral infection)....I want to know exactly what I can give to improve his condition, like supplements, and in what amounts. Currently, I'm going to start giving the meds with garlic, turmeric, pumpkin and carrots, but I want to know how effective these remedies are. Please please help and reply soon

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Thiuni!

I have very little first hand experience dealing with your dog's condition: I can only advise you read all the EC pages and feedback from those who have first hand experience with this condition to form your own, personal plan of action for treating your boy. Exact doses are something you will need to determine for yourself - so much of healing is hit and miss: what works for one dog may not work for another. There is no short cut to this home work :-(.

I do think starting on the vet prescribed meds is a good starting point. Once his symptoms are under control, you can then apply the natural remedies and action plan you have formed from reading these pages.

Enlarged Heart Remedies
Posted by Brittany (Georgia) on 05/16/2014

My 8 year old Yorkshire terrier was put on Furosemide, Spironalactone and Vetmedin a month ago for an enlarged heart and a large amount of fluid retention in her abdomen. Just had to take her in today to get fluid drained. I was hoping you might have a recommendation of a homeopathic treatment I could give her instead of being on the other medications. I feel like they are taking away her quality of life. She has gone down hill so quickly... Is there any other alternatives to help her?

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc, Canada)

Brittany from Georgia: If it was my dog, I would put doggie on Essiac, treat the tumor/site with turmeric and castor oil mixed and also with turpentine, pure. My dog grew a tumour in the inner flap of his ear a few weeks ago. On first treatment with turp. the thing declined rapidly and it took only a few days before it is now only visible as a light spot. I keep an eye on it while Essiac will be used for some months. It is available online with lots of testimonies and instructions. I would not give vet meds. For the heart, Homeopathic remedies can be researched online, and CoQ 10 with ubiquinol is excellent. EC also has info on water retention which I think is ascites. Drugs are of temporary use.

Wish your doggie all the best. Namaste, Om

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc. Canada)

Hi Brittany, sorry for the mix up but some of the info. was for you. Om

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc. Canada)

Hi Brittany, sorry for the mix up but some of the info. was for you. Om

Replied by Jenna

My 11 yr old Boston Terrier has some sort of growth on her liver and a significant heart murmur and lots of fluid build up. I've been having her abdomen drained every week for 3 months. I would like to try the turmeric/castor oil packs but how would I do that? What about using DMSO on her belly? The vet bills are crazy and I can hardly keep up. If anyone has advice I would appreciate it.

Replied by Jean
(Old Glory, TX)

They have been cutting enlarged human hearts down for quite awhile then stitching them back together. Why not dogs?