Is Canine Heart Disease linked to Nutrients?

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The popular pet food brands made into the news lately. The severity in nutrients found in popular dog food brands caused the pet owners and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to give a closer inspection into the manufacturers.

The report submitted by FDA suggests that several popular brands of dog food have up to 70x the safe levels of vitamin D and could even kill dogs.

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Canine Heart Disease

Recently, heart disease has become a common form of ailment in most pets. Heavy consumption of certain nutrient is linked to heart diseases in canine and feline.

Recent studies have shown that the diet is a very important part of medical therapy for heart disease. A better diet prevents heart-related diseases in pets.

It is estimated that 7.8 million dogs in the United States have heart disease. That means approximately 10% of all dogs in the United States are affected by heart disease.

Here are 3 essential methods of preventing heart disease in canine recommended for every pet owner.

Maintaining Optimal Weight

A key goal for the nutritional management of heart disease is to maintain optimal body weight because both weight loss and obesity can be harmful to your pet. it is important to make sure animals are not too skinny, it is also necessary to make sure they are not too heavy.

Important Nutrients

Lack of important nutrients in dog’s daily diet is the major cause for heart disease and other ailments. You must ascertain what different nutrients you feed your dog. You can increase or decrease the amount of nutrient to optimize their nutrients intake.


Taurine is an amino acid present in food. The Taurine deficiency can cause a specific heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in cats and heart ailment in dogs. A vegetarian or homemade diet can lack in Taurine content, hence, you should consider checking with your veterinarian before assigning certain pet meal or supplements.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oil have shown a positive effect in dogs with heart disease. Omega Fats are relatively safe but if your pet has a bleeding disorder or is already consuming an Omega-3 rich diet, you should consider checking with your veterinarian before assigning supplements.

Restricted Nutrient

The consumption of certain nutrient can bring disastrous result in pets. The intake of high amount sodium is linked to heart-related disease in pets. Depending on the severity of disease, decreasing the amount of sodium in their diet can be beneficial. The amount of sodium intake depends on the severity of heart disease. If the heart disease is more advanced known as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), a greater sodium restriction is advised.

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