If you have a dog, they’ve no doubt got a special place in your heart. So look after theirs! There are easy preventive measures you can take to make your pupper’s heart happy.
Keeping them at a healthy weight is at the top of the list. A heavy animal will have extra fat surrounding its heart, putting more strain on this vital organ and making it work harder.
Pay attention to diet and exercise. Off-leash exercise in a safe area is an excellent way for dogs to burn off energy and strengthen their heart muscle. When choosing food for your dog, look for locally sourced ingredients and avoid byproducts of meat, poultry, or grain. Quality dog food will show animal protein at the top of the ingredient list; the protein should be named (chicken, beef, or lamb, for example) rather than shown as “meat.”
Talk supplements with your vet
Dr. Sheryl Bourque, a holistic veterinarian, recommends a good probiotic for dogs’ digestive health and immune system support, as well as an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, which can be beneficial for your pet’s skin and promote good heart health. She adds that coenzyme Q10 can also be used to support their heart health.