Heart Care for Dogs by Dr Elaine Cebuliak

While antioxidants and hawthorn are often associated with potential cardiovascular benefits, it’s important to note that the use of these substances for cardiac positive inotropism in dogs should be approached with caution and under the guidance of a veterinarian. Here’s an overview of antioxidants and hawthorn in the context of cardiac health:

1. Antioxidants:
Function: Antioxidants are substances that help neutralise harmful molecules called free radicals, which can cause cellular damage. Oxidative stress is implicated in various cardiovascular diseases.
Sources: Antioxidants are found in various foods such as fruits, vegetables, and certain supplements like vitamins C and E.
Role in Cardiac Health: Antioxidants may help reduce oxidative stress in the heart and improve overall cardiovascular function. However, the efficacy of antioxidant supplementation in dogs is still a subject of ongoing research.

2. Hawthorn:
Botanical Overview:Hawthorn (Crataegus) is a plant that has been traditionally used for cardiovascular conditions in humans. The leaves, flowers, and berries of hawthorn are often used for medicinal purposes.
Active Compounds: Hawthorn contains flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and other compounds that are believed to have positive effects on cardiovascular health.
Effects on the Heart:Hawthorn has been studied for its potential positive inotropic effects, meaning it may enhance the force of cardiac muscle contractions. It may also have vasodilatory effects, improving blood flow.

Animal Wellness carries a few supplements of Hawthorn – some that include coenzyme Q 10, and also clients can purchase from Best Quality Hawthorn Berry Powder | Austral Herbs directly. 

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is another compound that has gained attention for its potential cardiovascular benefits, and it is also sometimes considered in the context of canine health. Here’s more information on CoQ10 and its potential use in dogs:

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10):

  • Function: CoQ10 is a naturally occurring antioxidant that plays a crucial role in the production of energy within cells. It’s involved in the electron transport chain in mitochondria, contributing to ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production.
  • Sources: While the body can produce CoQ10, it is also found in certain foods such as meat, fish, and whole grains. CoQ10 supplements are available and are commonly used in both human and veterinary medicine.

Use in Dogs:

  • Cardiovascular Support: CoQ10 has been studied for its potential benefits in various cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure. It’s believed to support the energy needs of the heart muscle.
  • Antioxidant Properties: Similar to other antioxidants, CoQ10 may help reduce oxidative stress in cells, potentially benefiting overall cardiovascular health.

Dosing for Dogs:

  • Consultation with a Veterinarian: Determining the appropriate dosage of CoQ10 for a dog should be done in consultation with a veterinarian. The optimal dose can depend on the dog’s size, health condition, and other factors.
  • General Guidelines: general guidelines suggest a CoQ10 dosage of around 1 to 3 mg per pound of body weight (or 1 mg/kg) per day for dogs. However, it’s crucial to note that individual variations may exist, and a veterinarian will consider the specific health needs of the dog.
  • Formulation: CoQ10 supplements come in various formulations, including capsules, soft gels, and liquid forms. The veterinarian can recommend the most suitable form and dose based on the dog’s preferences and medical condition. Ubiquinone is a good form.

To make an appointment with Dr Elaine and her team please go to: www.animalwellness.com.au

Dr Elaine Cebuliak

Dr Elaine is a highly experienced holistic vet and pioneer of Animal Wellness in Brisbane. She also assists with many charitable projects in Australia and in Bali.

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