Heart Disease

Heart Problems

in Dogs

An Introduction

A great many dogs suffer heart problems, not necessarily just in their latter years. Conditions experienced include arrhythmia, bradycardia (slow heart), tachycardia (fast heart), valvular disease (heart murmur, heart valve disease) and cardiomyopathy (in which the heart muscle itself becomes diseased). These conditions impede the proper working of the heart and can lead to cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), as the heart muscle works harder to achieve its objectives, and even to heart failure. All are potentially serious, if not correctly managed.

The causes of heart disease in dogs are not yet fully understood but there is immune involvement (or even autoimmune involvement) in a large proportion of cases. We have also noted a coincidence in timing between onset of cardiac problems and vaccination or booster events.

Over the years, the most valuable aid that we have received in the treatment of our patients with heart problems has come from homeopathic medication. Diet work has also proved very supportive of patients.

Over-exuberant or prolonged exercise stress should be avoided for any dog with an impaired heart and exposure to the rigours of hot weather (especially exertion or excitement during hot weather) is to be avoided as much as possible. We offer clients advice on lifestyle management and nursing techniques, suited to the heart patient.

We seek to stimulate natural heart regulation and balance, as an alternative to more complex drug interventions. Treatment options used, often combined, have been veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, herbal medicine and natural feeding.

For a fuller account of this topic, see:

Dog Diseases – Heart