There are different types of heart disease. Once the disease has advanced, a low salt diet is a good idea. Prior to that it may be counter-productive. Consult your vet regarding what is best for your pet. If your dog is taking certain medication, he may need a potassium supplement. With some heart conditions, magnesium is an important element of the diet. Protein is very important since lack of it can cause heart stress. If your dog is overweight, this will put stress on the heart, so it is best not to feed him a high-fat diet. Supplements recommended for heart health include fish or salmon oil and vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C. Additional supplements that may help in several heart conditions include l-carnitine, taurine and CoQ10.
Kidney disease is the number one cause of death in old cats and dogs. It is often undetected until it has progressed. Kidney transplants and dialysis are not available for pets, so the primary treatment is dietary. Studies show that animals live 30% longer and have fewer symptoms when treated with a diet. Choose foods […]
Often diet alone is not sufficient and your pet will need regular insulin injections and be under the care of a vet. It’s probably best to feed your pet several small meals over the day to help keep blood sugars level. Ask your vet about including more fiber in the diet. Recipes for Cats with […]
Many people do not know whether or not their pets are considered “senior.” Cats and dogs are generally considered senior somewhere around age 7. For larger dogs, it is more like 5 0r 6 and smaller dogs may not be considered senior until age 8 or 9. At your regular check-ups at the vet, ask […]