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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 -
Whether your dog is still in the early non-
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 is usually classified as an amino acid, but it's actually a vitamin-
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
Prescribed by Vets for:
Heart Murmur -
Dilated Cardiomyopathy -
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
Taurine is abundant in most meats and fish, but cooking, especially cooking methods that immerse meat in water, such as boiling, can reduce taurine levels in food by up to 85%. However, this is not supposed to be a problem for dogs, because, unlike cats, dogs are supposed to be able to synthesize sufficient taurine from the sulphur amino acids, cysteine and methionine, much like humans. You'll notice the "supposed to’s" in that sentence. That's because it is far from clear that all dogs have the ability to synthesize adequate levels of taurine.
17 healthy Beagles (a breed not predisposed to developing taurine deficiencies or
dilated cardiomyopathy), the dogs were fed low protein diets that supplied methionine
and cysteine at or above the levels recommended by the Association of American Feed
Yet the dogs experienced significant decreases in whole blood taurine concentrations, and one dog developed dilated cardiomyopathy, while another dog developed heart changes compatible with early DCM. Taurine supplementation resulted in substantial improvements in heart function.
While premium dog foods typically include additional taurine supplements, low protein
diets as well as brands using high levels of cereal protein can produce deficiencies.
Lamb and rice diets have also been implicated in taurine-
There is evidence that dogs with heart disease can benefit from taurine supplementation even if their blood taurine levels are normal.
This is most likely due to taurine's pharmacological effects as a cardiotonic. Not only does taurine protect the heart by regulating natriuresis and diuresis, it can also strengthen the contractions of heart muscle cells and help stabilize heart rhythm abnormalities.
Additionally, there is evidence that taurine diminishes the harmful effects of angiotensin
II (a hormone responsible for everything from blood vessel constriction to the breakdown
of lean body mass in patients with congestive heart failure) and reduces oxidative
damage by decreasing levels of lipid peroxides in oxygen-
In a placebo-
Carnitine supplementation can produce excellent results in some dogs; cardiomyopathy begins to reverse and prescription heart medications can be discontinued, although the dogs must remain on supplements. Discontinuing supplementation results in a return of clinical DCM symptoms and heart muscle dysfunction.
The body's ability to synthesize Carnitine decreases with age as well as with congestive heart failure, so it's possible that, in some dogs, Carnitine deficiencies are the result, rather than the cause, of heart disease.
Carnitine supplements can boost exercise tolerance, reduce fatigue, minimize muscle atrophy, improve lipid patterns, and decrease heart rhythm disturbances. Carnitine also helps protects the heart muscle against oxidative stress by means of its substantial antioxidant effect. Consequently supplementation may be beneficial even without an underlying Carnitine deficiency.
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