SEVEN WAYS TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE IN YOUR DOGFor most people, a healthy heart is the symbol of good health. Your heart is greatly dependent on good nutrition, minerals, proteins, electrolytes and good energy flow in the body.
I have always been interested in why some dogs have good and healthy hearts and others do not.
Over my years of practicing veterinary medicine, I started noticing an interesting connection between heart problems and the alignment of dogs’ forelegs and shoulders.
Let's look at the body of a boxer and a Doberman pinscher - two breeds that are highly prone to a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. This condition results in weakening of the heart muscle, dilation of the heart, heart murmurs and heart failure.
I started looking at the similarity between Doberman pinschers and boxers and how they are different from other breeds. One of the most striking differences is that most boxers and Dobermans have a much narrower space between their shoulder blades (the interscapular space). They also have long and relatively straight forelegs and a narrow, yet deep chest.
The heart receives its energy flow from the segment of the spine that is at the interscapular space. When this space is narrow, the spinal muscles get tight when the forelegs move. This slows down the energy flow to the heart and predisposes dogs to heart disease.
Over more than two decades in veterinary practice, I have also seen other breeds with a narrow, injured, sensitive or tight inter-scapular region suffer from cardiac disease.
To summarize, it appears when the inter-scapular spine is under excessive stress and strain the heart does not receive adequate energy flow and is more prone to heart disease.
I have developed this five-step heart disease prevention program for dogs with narrow interscapular regions.
6 WAYS TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE
If you would like to read more about heart health, check out Be On Guard for Your Dog's Heart, Chapter 11 of our free Health and Longevity Course
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Margit Maxwell- A Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Canine Behaviour Specialist for The Divine Dog Project. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her Herd of two Siberian Huskies (Kaya and Angel) and an Alaskan Malamute (Skylar). She also has credentials in Psychology (Human and dog), Animal Sciences, Natural Medicine, Energy Medicine, and many alternative Healing Modalities.