Heart Disease in Domestic Animals; Use of Low-Sodium Diets

Heart complications do not just affect human beings. It can also affect animals and is common in domestic pets, including your family dogs and cats. If you own a pet it is imperative that you be aware of the heart disease and the various treatment options that may be recommended by your veterinarian as, in doing so, you can keep serious complications bay, improving the longevity of your pet’s life.
Some of the most well known methods for treating heart disease in humans are also available treatments to domestic animals – treatments that include the use of ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and even vasodilators. For your domestic animals, these medications are prescribed by veterinarians to treat heart complications and risks.

In addition to these medications, and also very similar to the health of humans, most veterinarians recommend low sodium diets for pets who are suffering from heart ailments. When on a low sodium diet, your pet will be placed in a conventional type of therapy where the type of dog food that is prescribed would be limited. When under prescription your pet will intake less sodium than what was typical prior to the heart condition developing – ultimately, this will improve your pet’s health.

It is good to consult your veterinarian about the kind of foods that are best for your dog or cat. Under normal circumstances, veterinarians do not prescribe the lower cost dog foods that are available nor do they recommend giving your pet the food that is meant for humans. But, if you are on a low cost budget, and you prefer to avoid spending large amounts of money on custom pet foods, your veterinarian can give your recipes of dog food and cat food that will include low sodium.

If your dog or cat is afflicted with a heart condition it is important to find methods to help treat the condition. In doing so, you can ensure your family pet stays healthy and lives a normal lifespan. When deciding on the options to treat your pet’s heart afflictions, it is important that you know how to provide low sodium diet for your pet and to refrain from giving table food as this is the first step towards ensuring a reduction in the sodium levels for your pet’s health.

Sources: The Merck Veterinary Manual, 9th ed., pp. 120-122.

How to Control Your Dog’s Intestinal Fartitude: Keeping Canine Flatuence from Killing You like it Did Me

True story. We once had a Rottweiler named Brutus who passed gas of such an impressively noxious variety that after one such explosion I actually died. I know what you’re thinking: if I died, how on earth could I possibly be alive to write this? Well, I have a perfectly reasonable example for that query.
Dogs cannot help it when they alert the room to their flatulence. The eruption of both sound and stench typically announces itself without any pomp, though with an often nauseating display of circumstance. But hey, who among us hasn’t brought an entire theater audience to a silence with a truly astonishing release of gas during an ill-timed pregnant pause? Nevertheless, if your dog is like Brutus and he is entirely capable of emptying, or indeed killing, an audience at your house with an ill-timed release of intestinal build-up there are some things you can do to lessen the intensity.

Obviously, the first step is to take a look at what you are feeding your pooch. Or what you are giving your dog to drink. The fact is that dogs don’t really go for dairy products the way that cats do, but there are certain breeds that seem to be drawn to milk more than others. The plain truth is that the digestive system of dogs, and cats for that matter, isn’t really built for dairy. At best a dog can digest dairy products in very small amounts and giving your puppy a bowl of milk is almost a surefire method of guaranteeing some truly rank odors wafting about not long after.

The same goes for the flip side of dairy. You may think about replacing any dairy in your dog’s diet with soy products, but soy can also cause some stink monkeys to come flying out of your dog’s butt so be wary and monitor closely any raise in the level of non-aromatic explosions coming from your animal when you feed him something new.

While you are busy monitoring your dog’s diet for flatulent components, consider taking your dog for a walk. Aside from keeping tabs on her diet, there is no better way to control the probability of intestinal fartitude than exercise. A nice brisk around the block is not only great exercise for you, but it gets your dog’s interior moving around so that the pent-up gas comes out in smaller, not to mention healthier, doses. And there is the not inconsiderable benefit of releasing that canine flatulence into the great outdoors instead of inside your cramped quarters.

You might also want to consider one of the consumer products that are kind of the equivalent of doggie Beano, such as CurTail. Your vet will doubtlessly have access to one of these products that works through the miracle of enzymatic reaction that breaks the food down to facilitate digestion and remove the potential for that unnerving sudden realization that something really and truly dreadful has occurred: either a body long buried in your basement has risen through the foundation or your dog just ripped one big time.

Eating is at the heart of flatulence and a less potent environment of air pollution inside your house may be utterly dependent upon what your dog is eating outside his bowl. For instance, many dogs who have unusually unpleasant gas are not coincidentally dogs that get into either your or the your neighbor’s garbage. Other dogs pass gas frequently because they eat frequently. Rather than allowing your dog to eat at will whenever he feels like it, put him on strict dietary schedule. Some dogs get the gas not because of what or when they eat, but how.

Wolfing down food means that it is not being digested properly and that is very often the real culprit. A good way to make your dog work for his food and eat it thoroughly rather swallowing kibble whole like Karl Rove at an all you can eat buffet is to place a large object inside the food bowl that he’ll have to nose around in order to get to the food. He may be tempted to just clamp down upon it and take it out so try to find something that makes this impossible. If none of these steps reduce the stink quotient around your dog, you may just have to decide what you love more: breathing through your nose or your pooch.