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to holistic veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, heart disease in companion animals is too often a silent killer. By the time your dog or cat shows the classic signs of heart disease
like lethargy, wheezing, croupy coughing (a liquid-sounding cough, as
though there’s fluid in the lungs) or exercise intolerance, it’s very
often too late to save your beloved pet. To make matters worse, an enlarged heart can’t be detected with a
stethoscope. Significant heart disease can be present and undiagnosed by
your veterinarian long before your pet shows clinical symptoms of
illness. That means pet owners too often find themselves in a heartbreaking
Both dogs and cats are at risk for heart disease, and can
develop either Heart Muscle or Valvular disease. Cardiomyopathy is the scientific term for an enlarged heart muscle.
Some breeds of dogs are predisposed to the condition, but it also can be
caused by a lack of certain amino
Poor valve health can also lead to heart disease as a leaky valve makes
your pet’s heart work harder, and the harder it works, the bigger it
gets. Heart murmurs typically accompany valve
problems. Leaky valves or heart murmurs are seen in
breeds or metabolic conditions, as well as in aging pets.
Diagnosing Heart Disease in Your Pet
If your veterinarian suspects a heart problem, expensive diagnostic tests
(such as x-rays, EKG, cardiac ultrasound) are needed to confirm the presence of disease.
No one wants to have heart disease sneaks up silently, but the expense of
such tests keeps pet owners from taking a more proactive stance. Now,
though, there is better news due to the early detection proBNP Blood Test
which is able to show those animals at greatest risk for heart disease and
BNP = B-type Natriuretic Peptide. The proBNP is a blood test that measures how much peptide hormone,
released by the heart, is in circulation in your pet’s body. This
hormone is only released when the heart is pushed beyond its capacity.
Very early in the disease process, small amounts of the hormone will
be released into your pet's bloodstream, and it’s presence is a
signal that steps must be taken in order to preserve his/her heart
health. If heart pathology continues to progress, the blood value of the
peptide hormone will continue to rise.
Proactively Protect Your Pet’s Heart Health
Ask your veterinarian for the
proBNP blood test if you’re concerned about your pet’s heart
for any reason.
The proBNP blood test can give you
peace of mind that your pet has no early signs of heart disease. It can also help you and your
veterinarian differentiate between, for example, a respiratory condition
and an underlying heart condition.
The proBNP is a simple blood test with
a fast turn-around time that can provide the information you need to
proactively manage your dog’s or cat’s heart health. You can have the
test repeated as often as necessary to chart your progress in meeting
your pet’s cardiovascular health needs throughout his/her life.
Make sure you’re meeting your
pet’s CoQ10 requirement . CoQ10 is a naturally occurring
coenzyme that young dogs and cats have in plentiful supply. But as s/he
ages, your pet’s ability to produce CoQ10 decreases.
Dr. Becker recommends you supplement your pet’s
amino-acid-rich diet with Coenzyme Q10, especially if you have an animal
that is predisposed to cardiovascular disease. Supplying your pet with
extra CoQ10 can insure s/he has the quantity his/her body needs to maintain a
healthy heart muscle. CoQ10 supplements come in two forms:
Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is a reduced form of CoQ10 and is the
What is Ubiquinol? Produced naturally within the body, ubiquinol is CoQ10 that's been
converted into a substance necessary for use in cellular energy
The body’s ability to produce CoQ10 declines with age, as does the ability to
convert it into ubiquinol. Ubiquinol levels have been shown to be suppressed in
older individuals and those with cardiovascular, neurological, liver, and
KanekaQH™ is ubiquinol, the reduced, active antioxidant form of Coenzyme
Q10. Introduced in 2006, it is the first supplemental form of
bio-identical ubiquinol ever developed and is manufactured exclusively
by Kaneka Corp. It is derived from KanekaQ10™, the world’s most
recognized and researched CoQ10. KanekaQH™ is more absorbable than
CoQ10, which means that optimal levels of CoQ10 can be restored quickly
we Like this Formulation There are several products on the market that utilize Kaneka-QH's
formulation for the reduced type of CoQ10. However, they all have
various *Other Ingredients* added. It is mind boggling to see the
long list of items added on, that really the diminish the quality of
the overall product. Some Ubiquinol products contain soy, titanium
oxide, caramel color, zinc oxide, soy lecithin, soybeans, diglycerol
monooleate (soy), and more.
And one ingredient found in some CoQ10 supplements is citrus extract
that some sources say should not be used for cats.
This formulation doesn't contain citrus extract or any synthetic
fillers or carriers. We've added just a touch of silica, natural
tocopherols to help maintain freshness and natural-sourced medium
chain triglycerides, a non-irritating, healthy fat derived from
All you do is press the pump to deliver the correct dosage on food
That's right. There are NO messy, oily pills to cut open. Our
Ubiquinol for Pets uses a revolutionary airless pump technology.
A cinch to use, this airless pump
preserve the ubiquinol from oxygen intrusion - One of the biggest
factors that may cause ubiquinol
to go 'bad' is the
air itself. Because it uses an airless technology, this helps the
ubiquinol stay fresh until the last drop.
application - No tablets to crush or divide. Just press the
pre-measured pump straight onto
your pet's food or
favorite treat. Best of all, there's no taste!
and easy - Just press the pump to quickly and easily deliver the
correct dose according to your pet's weight.
Ubiquinol for Pets is a safe, alternative source of quality reduced
CoQ10 and it's simple to add to your pet's food.
You Deserve Only the Best… You Have
Dr. Karen Becker's Promise
Karen Becker DVM NMD, one of Chicago's Top Ten Vets, according to
Chicago Magazine, graduated from the Iowa State School of Veterinary
Medicine in 1997, opened the Natural Pet Animal Hospital in 1999, and
became a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in 2003.
She is a member
of the following organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association,
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Association of
Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians,
Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, International Veterinary
Acupuncture Society, American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists,
Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and National Wildlife Rehabilitators
Association. She is a frequent lecturer on wildlife rehabilitation and
holistic pet care.
Mercola Ubiquinol Enhanced Bioactivity CoQ10 for Pets