Heart murmurs are abnormal sounds or vibrations heard in the heart and caused by blood flow; and this is a disorder that affects both humans and pets alike. Usually only audible by stethoscope, a heart murmur is usually due to conditions outside the heart like turbulent blood flow rather than the heart itself; but can be caused by narrowing or leaking heart valves. Heart murmur in dogs can range from simple to grave, with symptoms like poor appetite, weight loss, breathing problems; and are more serious when you pet has fainting spells and a weak pulse, and an underlying cause must be determined. Heart murmur in cats can stunt the growth of kittens.
A heart murmur can be indicative of a number of illnesses: anemia, hyperthyroidism, heartworm, heart valve failure, heart inflammation, and the narrowing of veins and arteries. Treatment shouldn’t wait, especially if the heart murmur is audible without a stethoscope or can be felt by hand.
Treat Your Pet’s Heart Murmur Naturally
On this page you can find user-submitted home remedies to treat heart murmurs. Earth Clinic readers below have suggested the use of a number of diet supplements such as milk thistle, krill oil, D-ribose, L-arginine, ester-C, magnesium, and carnitine to remedy heart murmurs in pets. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat heart murmurs in pets. Know of a remedy not listed here? Don’t hesitate to share your story with us!
Additional Pages of Interest:
Canine Congestive Heart Failure