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My Dog Has A Heart Murmur - What Can I Do?

Valve disease is common in dogs, particularly as they get older, and is the commonest cause of heart murmurs. 

In some breeds, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for example, 50% of dogs over 5 years of age have a detectable murmur, and this rises to almost 100% in those who are 10 years and older.

In the early stages, there is often little to see. 

Later on however, as the condition progresses, the circulation becomes increasingly affected, resulting in a lack of oxygenated blood flowing through the lungs, kidneys, liver, brain and other parts of the body. 

Signs that this is occurring typically include one or more of the following:

  • a persistent cough
  • excessive panting
  • An unwillingness to exercise
  • tiring quickly 
  • general slowing down
  • mental dullness
  • changes in activity and behaviour 

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After a thorough physical examination and any appropriate investigations, which can include an ECG, X-Rays, Ultrasound and blood pressure measurement, medication is typically prescribed to support the heart and ease the ill-effects of congestive failure.

After this regular monitoring should be carried out.

Natural Support

1.  Feed Vince the Vet Raw or home-cooked meat to provide the perfect nutritional foundation for supporting heart health (the high quality meat and offal used is rich in Taurine).

2.  Give 2 - 3 drops of Heart plus Liver Support 3 times daily on a teaspoon of fresh food (not kibble) to maintain cardiac function and help the liver cope with long term medication.  

3.  Add Vitality to the diet to protect heart muscle against the ill-effect of impaired blood flow (oxidative stress) and to supply nutrients which aid tissue regeneration and repair.

4.  Give algal oil to provide a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which are important for healthy heart cells, and optimum cardiac function. (Enter the code vincethevet15 at the checkout on Time Health's website to receive 15% discount.)

 5.  Avoid non-organic fruits / vegetables and pet foods which include these (kibble, tinned and raw) to help reduce exposure to pesticide residues which are potentially harmful to health. 

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6.  After a month on the above supplements add Immunity to the diet to help the body prevent infections in the lungs, as they become more congested.

Also add pure, organic virgin coconut oil to the diet to aid cognitive function and boost mental awareness.


Natural support using a combination of dietary changes, supplements and remedies are an aid to maximising well-being and quality of life. 

It is not a substitute for appropriate veterinary investigations and care where necessary.