[New Product] VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine Bite Sized Chews for Dogs
Heart disease is a serious health threat to both humans and pets. In fact, an estimated 7 to 8 million dogs in the United States currently suffer from some form of cardiac disease. While some dogs are born with congenital heart disease, others acquire various forms of heart disease over their lifetimes. To help protect your pet’s precious heart, there’s now an easy-to-administer supplement specifically developed to support canine cardiovascular function. VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine Bite-Sized Chews for Dogs are specially formulated to support your dog’s heart muscle and cardiovascular system for optimal cardiac health.
What are the signs of heart disease in dogs?
In some cases, dogs may show no outward signs or symptoms when suffering from cardiovascular disease. However, some signs to look for include the following:
- Edema (swelling) of the abdomen and/or extremities
- Restlessness or pacing (especially at night)
- Desire for seclusion or isolation from family members or other pets
- Continuous coughing for more than 3 days with no signs of acute respiratory illness
- Weakness, fainting or collapse
- Weight loss or weight gain (abdominal swelling)
- Loss of appetite
- Lowered exercise tolerance or refusal to take daily walks
- Shortness of breath or labored breathing
Could my dog be at risk for heart disease?
While some dog breeds are predisposed to canine cardiovascular disease, most cases of heart disease in dogs is acquired through normal wear and tear, injury or infection.
Mitral valve disease is the most common type of heart disease in dogs and tends to affect dogs in their senior years. The mitral valve separates the left ventricle from the left atrium in the heart. In mitral valve disease, the valve does not close completely and allows blood to “regurgitate” or partially leak backward into the left atrium each time the left ventricle contracts. This causes the heart to work harder to pump blood through the body. Dog breeds that are predisposed to mitral valve disease include Cavaliers, Chihuahuas, Toy Poodles, and Dachshunds, among others.
Heartworm infection causes roughly 13% of canine heart disease. When heartworms invade your pet’s body and grow to adulthood, they clog the heart, lungs, and blood vessels surrounding both of these organs. Subsequently, blood flow in the heart and lungs can become compromised. Once heartworms establish themselves in your pet’s heart and lungs, they are extremely difficult and expensive to remove. This is why heartworm prevention is so important. Protecting your pet against heartworm infection is the best way to prevent heartworm-related cardiac disease.
Large breed dogs of all ages are particularly prone to developing myocardial disease, such as cardiomyopathy (enlarging or thickening of the heart muscle). About 8% of canine heart disease is of myocardial origin. Most breeds predisposed to cardiomyopathy are of the large or giant breed type, including Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, and Irish Wolfhounds. However, Cocker Spaniels also seem to be genetically predisposed to developing the disease. Dilated cardiomyopathy causes the heart muscle itself to become weak, leading to enlargement of the heart, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias) and/or congestive heart failure.
As any form of heart disease progresses, congestive heart failure may develop. This is a serious condition whereby the heart becomes unable to properly pump blood to the rest of the body, resulting in fluid retention in the lungs and other areas of the body, including the abdomen and extremities. The functioning of other vital organs also may become inhibited, resulting in renal (kidney) failure, liver failure or pancreatitis.
Diagnosis and treatment of canine congestive heart failure
Although canine cardiovascular disease is believed to be mostly genetic in origin (with the exception of heartworm-related heart disease), there are measures pet parents can take to minimize the impact on your dog’s health.
Providing a heart-healthy diet for dogs is important for overall good health. The right balance of rest and exercise, along with select nutritional supplements can also help your dog live a longer, healthier life.
If your dog is diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, your veterinarian may prescribe heart or blood pressure medication for dogs to help regulate your pet’s cardiovascular function. In addition, studies have shown that supplementation with the amino acids L-Carnitine and L-Taurine can improve heart function and exercise tolerance in dogs diagnosed with heart disease. These two essential amino acids have cardioprotective and antioxidant properties vital for a dog’s cardiovascular health.
VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine Bite-Sized Chews for Dogs boost heart health
VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine Bite-Sized Chews for Dogs provide vital amino acids, herbs, and minerals to support your dog’s heart muscle and cardiovascular function in a tasty chew dogs love.
This heart-healthy formulation also helps reduce oxidative stress while supporting the circulation of blood and proper utilization of oxygen throughout your dog’s body. They’re ideal for dogs who are predisposed to cardiovascular stress, those diagnosed with sub-optimal cardiovascular function, and senior dogs who need cardiovascular support.
VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine Bite-Sized Chews for Dogs contain amino acids necessary to support optimal heart health, including L-Carnitine, L-Taurine, and Arginine. Another ingredient, Hawthorn Berry Extract, is reputed to regulate blood pressure, improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart, and widen the blood vessels.
Also included in the VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine formula is magnesium, which improves blood vessel function and protects the heart from exercise-related stress. The addition of Berberine relaxes the arteries, increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and protects against atherosclerosis.
VetriScience Vetri Cardio Canine Bite-Sized Chews for Dogs are the ideal daily supplement to support your dog’s cardiovascular health to help keep that loving little heart beating stronger.