Congestive Heart Failure is the most common cause of death in dogs. The disease is not breed specific but it is more common in smaller breeds of dogs although any breed of dog can develop congestive heart failure. The biggest challenge for pet owners and Veterinarians is early diagnoses.
The heart valves in dogs with CHF do not open and close properly resulting in the buildup of fluid in the lungs and since the heart is not able to effectively pump oxygen rich blood to the body, which causes the symptoms, described earlier.
The most common symptoms of CHF are coughing, fainting, low energy, labored breathing, lack of appetite. High liver and kidney enzymes is common in dogs with CHF. Diagnosis is done by Blood Tests, Chest X-Ray Electrocardiogram (ECG) or EKG.
Congestive heart failure cannot be cured but it does not have to be a death sentence for your dog. With a combination of conventional heart medications, proper nutrition, regular teeth brushing, detoxing and moderate exercise, you should expect your dog to return to their normal routine..
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Coenzyme Q-10 is critical to overall organ health. Coenzyme Q-10 is produced in humans and dogs. As your dog ages, levels decrease. Coenzyme Q-10 is an essential component that allows a cell to produce energy from oxygen.
It is important to the function of organs with a high demand for oxygen, including the heart and the brain, Because Coenzyme Q-10 has a natural affinity for oxygen and other oxidizing compounds, it binds to them and is also a powerful antioxidant.
Coenzyme Q-10 supports the function of any organ with high energy requirements especially the heart. research has shown a relationship between reduced levels of CoQ-10 and heart disease.
As an antioxidant, CoQ-10 is used where oxidizing chemicals cause significant cell damage that leads to the formation of cancer cells and chronic inflammatory changes.
Coenzyme Q-10 has been used in pets for several years as a treatment for heart disease. Blind studies of CoQ-10 show a significant improvement in heart function in dogs with chronic heart disease.
CoQ-10 has been shown to help treat cancer, gum disease, kidney, and liver functions. Many holistic veterinarians recommend using COQ- 10 for dogs with CHF.