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Keeping Your Pet’s Heart Healthy

Keeping Your Pet’s Heart Healthy

As pet parents, we do our best to provide meals that offer as many of the important nutrients as possible that our pets need to live a long, healthy life. However, we know that sometimes it may be difficult to ensure our furry friends are getting everything they need out of their bowls to thrive. […]

As pet parents, we do our best to provide meals that offer as many of the important nutrients as possible that our pets need to live a long, healthy life. However, we know that sometimes it may be difficult to ensure our furry friends are getting everything they need out of their bowls to thrive. At times, it may be beneficial to use supplements or treats to provide those additional nutrients our pets are missing out on, or just not getting enough of in general.

Hip & joint, dental, and skin & coat supplements tend to take the spotlight because we can see if our pet is experiencing health issues in those areas. But what about what we cannot see? How healthy is your pet’s heart? Are they getting all the nutrients they need?

There are many great brands of food, supplements, and treats that can benefit your pet’s heart. We’ll look at some products today that you should consider implementing into your pet’s diet and go over the key ingredients that promote a happy and healthy heart!

Salmon and Fish Oil
Ultra Oil and Grizzly Pet Products offer a variety of fish-based oils. How are they beneficial you may ask? They are LOADED with omega-3 fatty acids!

You may have heard of these fatty acids for your own human health and guess what? They’re great for your pet’s ticker too!

Omega-3 rich fish oils are helpful in repairing pets suffering from any type of muscle loss, as well as standard upkeep on pets with fully functioning muscles.

Hemp Products
With all the new research being done, hemp products are now on the fast rise. This is because hemp products are known to provide many different health benefits, one of those being heart health.

Grandma Lucy’s Macanna line contains hemp hearts in both their food and treats!

You can also find hemp-based treats and oil supplements from brands such as Holistic Hound and Receptra, which both have higher, stronger concentrations of hemp.

Amino Acids in Foods & Supplements
There are several amino acids found in our pets’ foods and supplements, but there are two that stand out and fight to keep our pets’ pumpers going strong: Taurine and L-Carnitine.

Taurine
Taurine is an amino acid that is a beneficial ingredient in helping manage a strong, healthy heart. A deficiency in taurine can lead to our pets’ hearts weakening.

Most cat food will have taurine added to it. This is because it is necessary for cats to thrive, but they are not able to produce an adequate supply naturally like your dog can. However, although dogs can produce taurine, many dog food brands add taurine to their formulas.

L-Carnitine
Your pet’s heart prefers certain types of fats as energy to allow it to contract and relax. Naturally produced in the liver, L-Carnitine helps break down those fats into energy to help blood flow through your pet’s body.

Foods by brands, such as Farmina and Pure Vita, and supplement products from brands such as Ark Natural and Licks, share this common ingredient to help benefit all pets to ensure they have enough L-Carnitine in their systems to aid in maintaining a healthy heart.

Supplements and meal toppers are an easy to add to your pet’s food to make it flavorful and they’re also a great way to boost nutrients in the bowl. Some additional heart-friendly options to look for are:

•Goat’s Milk – Try Answer’s or Steve’s raw goat’s milk
•Goat’s Cheese – Try Answer’s
•Freeze-Dried Organ Treats (Liver & Hearts) – Try Momentum Freeze-Dried Treats
•Freeze-Dried Food – Try Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers
•Omega-3 Supplements – Try Ultra Oil or Grizzly Pet Products
•High quality meat treats such as sardines, shellfish, organs and mussels

Exercise
Yep, you read that right. We’re stepping away from the chemistry set for a second and focusing on good old-fashioned exercise. Make sure your pet is getting the exercise they need, whether it be from walks, running around the yard, going through agility courses, playing fetch with a frisbee or ball, or focusing on a pet puzzle toy which works both their bodies and their brains!

Proper exercise is great for your pet’s heart. Not only is it good for weight management, but it reduces the stress on the heart as well. The heavier your pet is, the harder their heart needs to pump in order to supply blood to all their cells. The harder the heart needs to pump, the more strain is put on it, so managing your pet’s weight can benefit the function of their heart!

There are a number of factors to consider to help keep your pet thriving in life. One of those factors is to ensure their heart is healthy. With a combination of diet and exercise, you can help provide your pet with a stronger, healthier heart and that can lead to a longer, happier life for them!