Heart Problem Support for Cats
Just like people, a healthy heart is important for a healthy cat. The cardiovascular system includes the heart and all of the blood vessels. But heart issues in cats can be difficult to detect. Support with powerful natural supplements will go a long way toward helping your cat lead a happy, healthy life.
The most common type of heart problem for cats is cardiomyopathy or the degeneration and failure of the heart muscle. The cause of cardiomyopathy is unknown, but some vets believe it could be related to stress, genetic defects, a weakened immune system, or a bacterial/viral infection.
How Will NHV Supplement Help My Cat with a Heart Condition
NHV has combined supplements to help with a variety of heart conditions. Our main vet-formulated natural heart support supplement is Hearty Heart.
The Three Types of Cardiomyopathy
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) - Swelling of the heart chamber and weakening of the heart muscle that prevents the heart from pumping blood.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) - A condition that develops when the heart muscle thickens, often to the point where the chambers of the heart diminish and are no longer able to pump blood through the body. HCM is the most common cat heart problem and can occur in pets as young as three months and as old as 17 years. Treatment is focused on improving heart function and reducing blood clots.
Restrictive Cardiomyopathy - Hardening of one or both ventricles without thickening of the heart muscle, thus restricting blood flow.
Cats with mild heart disease often exhibit no symptoms, but as the disease progresses, symptoms of heart failure may develop rapidly. These include:
- Shortness of breath and wheezing
- Panting with very little exertion
- Potbelly or swollen limbs
- Decreased appetite and weight loss
- Sudden paralysis of one or both hind legs
- Bluish gray gums, lips or tongue
A heart murmur is not an illness or disease but is a vibration caused by turbulent blood flow into, through, or out of the heart. Not all heart murmurs are serious, however, they can be indicative of an underlying cat heart problem.
Heart disease is a frightening diagnosis, but with early identification and appropriate treatment, you can help your cat live more comfortably. A diet low in sodium and high in potassium is usually recommended for cats with heart problems. An annual vet check is always recommended. Consult your vet for precise dietary and treatment advice and remember never to diagnose your pet or administer any product without your vet's recommendation for your cat’s heart issues. Visit our Pet Q&A to see answers to common questions about cat heart health.
Add 100% natural NHV supplements to your cat’s wellness regimen to provide comprehensive and holistic support for their heart condition.