|Barked: Tue Aug 23, '11 10:04pm PST |
|Murphy went in for bloodwork for kidney function after eating a few raisins in a trail mix dropped on the floor (to a different vet because mine cannot process bloodwork at their office - his levels were all normal thankfully). But the new vet detected what she called a grade 5 heart murmur.
Reading about this, I've found this is the most serious level (grade 5-6). I was looking for things I can do to extend the life of his heart. He's healthy and active right now (is a hearty raw diet eater), we don't know much about his history (rescue), other than abuse, and the vet thought he was a little older (by about 2 years) than we thought he was - he is likely 6 to 8 rather than 4 to 5.
I read the following while searching for some answers and wondered what you seasoned raw feeders thought, or if any of you know specifically about heart issues, I'd love some advice. Even about the vaccines...
"First is to feed raw heart to your dog. Beef, pig, chicken, doesn't matter. The raw heart helps with the murmur. The second thing that will help is giving the dog 20mg CoQ10 every day. I know this because I just lost a dog to a heart problem and he amazed the vet how long he survived with his bad heart. His quality of life was good too, and he was a happy dog till the last day of his life.
Now, heart murmurs sometimes come from vaccine damage. With the murmur and his other problems he should qualify for an exemption to the rabies vaccine. I'd stop all vaccines for life. There has never really been a reason to give those shots over and over every year. Once a dog has antibodies to something they are there for life."
Murphy eats a lot of pork heart, but any ideas on a recommended amount? He's 9 lbs.
Thanks in advance!
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