Much like humans, domestic animals are at risk for heart problems like poor pumping (in cats), leaky valves (in dogs), which can lead to congestive heart failure. Thankfully, there are many ways pet owners can proactively stave off health problems without any medical intervention required.
Perhaps one of the easiest — and most enjoyable — ways to promote heart health in pets is regular exercise. Taking daily walks, playing with toys, and maintaining an active lifestyle can be mutually beneficial to physical health while also strengthening the emotional bond between pet and pet parents.
Next on the list of heart healthy to-dos: upgrade your dog’s diet. The old adage, “you are what you eat,” certainly applies here. In fact, Australian veterinarian Tom Lonsdale insists the cause of almost every case of canine congestive heart failure is the consumption of less-than-ideal commercial pet food.* Feeding pets raw, fresh and wholesome foods ensures they receive optimum nutrition through active enzymes, unprocessed amino acids and necessary vitamins and minerals.
All Primal Pet Food Formulas are based off the BARF diet — Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food — a method of pet nutrition which mimics the eating habits of animals in their natural habitat and includes raw meaty bones, muscle meat, organs and raw, fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Domestic dogs that are fed the way a wolf or dingo feeds itself bloom with health,” says Lonsdale. “Congestive heart failure is rare in dogs that eat the diet nature intended…a diet based on raw meaty bones provides the nutrients and exercise that keep teeth and gums clean and healthy, while commercial pet food promotes periodontal infections like gingivitis and pyorrhea leading to multiple problems, including heart disease*.”
Ready to elevate your pet’s diet and promote a healthy heart? Try a Primal Starter Pak to begin the transition to wholesome, edible-grade raw foods that will enhance your companion’s overall health, happiness and longevity.
*Cited from the Whole Dog Journal