Naturopathic Treatments for Pets Shreveport LA

If your dog suffers from early heart disease, a homemade whole-foods diet (see next question) can be very helpful, as can various supplements that support the heart and circulatory system.

Martin Animal Hospitals
(318) 221-0726
3112 Hollywood Ave
Shreveport, LA

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Animal Clinic E 70th
(318) 797-3261
2999 E 70th St
Shreveport, LA

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Riverside Animal Hospital LLC
(318) 742-1521
1000 Westgate Ln
Bossier City, LA

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Bossier Animal Hospital
(318) 746-7821
3308 Industrial Dr
Bossier City, LA

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Companion Animal Medical Center
(318) 688-0642
7025 Pines Rd
Shreveport, LA

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Martin Animal Hospitals
(318) 222-9317
1302 Youree Dr
Shreveport, LA

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Davis Animal Hospital
(318) 868-8493
935 E 70th St
Shreveport, LA

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Airline Animal Health
(318) 746-6465
2633 Viking Dr
Bossier City, LA

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University Veterinary Hospital
(318) 797-5522
7700 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA

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North Shreveport Animal Hospital
(318) 424-8313
850 Havens Rd
Shreveport, LA

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Practitioner's Corner—About Pets: Early Heart Disease

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By Donna Kelleher, D.V.M.

Q: My golden retriever has just been diagnosed with early heart disease. We’d prefer not to start him on medication yet. Are there alternative approaches that might help?

A: Since your dog is in the early stages of this disease, naturopathic treatments are likely to be very effective. (If the disease had progressed further, I’d recommend going with your vet’s recommendations for conventional drugs.)

A homemade whole-foods diet (see next question) can be very helpful, as can various supplements that support the heart and circulatory system. Introduce these substances one at a time, eventually working up to giving your dog daily doses of all of them: a half clove of fresh garlic; 200 mg of magnesium; 500 mg of calcium citrate; 500 mg each of the amino acids carnitine and taurine; 1,000 mg of fish oil; 180 mg of coenzyme Q10; and 200 IU of vitamin E. (These doses are for a 50- to 70-pound dog; reduce them proportionally if yours is smaller.)

The herb hawthorn can lower blood pressure, if that’s desired, but it may take six to eight weeks to work, and should not be given with glycoside drugs like digitalis. Motherwort and ginkgo biloba have both long been used as blood tonics. If your vet approves, give your dog 50 mg of either per 10 pounds of body weight.

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