Heart Healthy Tips for Pets
Over the years I have had many requests from pet owners and several veterinarians for information on keeping their four-legged patients and loved ones in good health.
Most pets are overfed and constipated, causing reabsorption of toxins into the blood stream, thickened blood and poor circulation. This makes the heart work harder and often results in congestive heart failure. One symptom of this condition in dogs is coughing, indicating a lack of oxygen getting to the heart.
- SRC Hawthorn Berry Syrup for Pets - A dropperful of non-alcoholic SRC Hawthorn Berry Syrup twice a day for small dogs (larger dogs require double that and horses would need an ounce or two) dilates the arteries, improves circulation, bringing more blood and oxygen to the heart, actually allowing the heart to function with less oxygen. For your convenience, a dropper is supplied with SRC Hawthorn Berry Syrup. An added plus: no side effects and no danger of over-dosing. Read pet testimonials.
- Distilled Water is a must! It is the best blood thinner and hydrates the bowel for better elimination.
- Prune Juice - A dropperful or two of prune juice is a good potassium source and is well known for keeping the bowel moving.
- Vegetables added to your pet's food are beneficial: asparagus and parsley are especially good raw materials for the heart. Cabbage is good for the colon. Feed horses fresh hawthorn berries when in season.
- Digestive aids - Mix some of these in with your pet's food:
- Cayenne pepper activates the system, thins the blood, and helps the colon and heart. Start out slow, obviously!
- Digestive Enzymes - Pancreatic enzymes and mixtures are available from any health food store and some pet stores. Older pets may require their food to be blended in a blender or food processor to aid digestion, due to loss of teeth to chew their food, another good reason for using digestive enzymes.
- Yogurt supplies needed intestinal bacteria and calcium.
- Flax seed or olive oil provides needed Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Garlic is a blood thinner, natural antibiotic and infection fighter. It's nickname is "Russian Penicillin." Add it raw to pet's food (again, start slowly!). Added benefit: no fleas!
- Non-toxic cleaners need to be used on your floors and to bathe your pets. We recommend Botanic Gold.
- Exercise - Just like people, pets need exercise to get their circulation going. Take time to go for a walk with your four-legged loved one and smell the roses!
Hawthorn berries and this information have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any illness or medical complaint, always first seek the advice of your health professional.