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Supplements used for canine heart disease have two purposes. The first is to correct nutritional deficiencies resulting from canine heart disease which are  common and can exacerbate the damage and accelerate the disease's progression.

The second reason we use supplements is for their pharmacological effects. Strengthening the heart muscle's contractions, dilating blood vessels, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure - these are just a few of the benefits supplements for heart disease can provide.

Whether your dog is still in the early non-symptomatic stage of mitral valve disease or dilated cardiomyopathy, or has progressed to congestive heart failure, the amino acids in Carnicare supplement may be able to help.

Amino Acids/Monosacharides

High quality protein is very important for dogs with heart disease, and while amino acid supplementation is routinely recommended for dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, there is evidence that dogs with heart murmurs caused by mitral valve disease can benefit too.

Although heart disease in dogs is progressive and often irreversible, in those cases where it can be reversed, amino acid supplements containing L-Carnitine and Taurine deserve the credit.

L-Arginine has a blood pressure lowering effect, reducing the load placed on diseased hearts. Finally D-Ribose has been shown in dogs as well as humans to increase the energy output and recovery rate in damaged hearts

Carnitine is usually classified as an amino acid, but it's actually a vitamin-like compound that plays a vital role in the body by transporting long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria. It is essential to cellular energy metabolism, and due to the myocardium's high energy requirements, the highest levels of carnitine can be found in heart muscle tissue.

These high energy requirements also make the heart uniquely vulnerable to carnitine deficiencies. Low levels of myocardial carnitine are associated with dilated cardiomyopathy in several breeds, especially Boxers, but also Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, and Dobermans……read more

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Heart Murmur - Mitral Valve Disease

Dilated Cardiomyopathy - Congestive Heart Failure





High levels of this amino acid are normally found in the heart muscle, and taurine deficiencies are implicated in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), particularly in certain breeds, such as American Cocker Spaniels, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs, Dalmatians, and Golden Retrievers.

When small or medium breed dogs are diagnosed with DCM, taurine deficiency should always be suspected as a possible cause. ……read more