Dog Heart Murmur: Holistic Vs. Conventional Treatment
by Sunny S.
(Spokane, WA, USA)
Jerimiah is a 10 yr 9 month old redbone coonhound with a grade 3-4 heart murmur. Ultrasound confirmed the source of the murmur is his right mitral valve. He was diagnosed 1 yr 4 months ago and given 1-2 yrs to live, however his murmur hasn't increased nor has his heart enlarged.
He sleeps a lot these days but his current vet says he doesn't have any signs of heart disease. When he isn't sleeping he is active and enjoys romping around in the forest or playing with me or his toys.
Last time his teeth were cleaned was 1 yr 7 months ago, a few months prior to detecting his murmur. His teeth could use a cleaning now but his vet said they aren't that bad. I would rather not put him under sedation. He eats only raw food and gets ubiquinol and vitamin E supplement.
The vet recommends that he take enalapril or something similar to prevent heart failure. Instead I've given him hawthorn berry mixed with his food and have been wondering if I'm giving him enough or too much. They are dried organic berries that I mill to a powder and give him one well rounded teaspoon twice a day.
I have no idea if this is a therapeutic dose and am wondering if perhaps I need to give him heart meds instead to help prevent heart failure and to make him feel better.
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