Canine Congestive Heart Failure When high diastolic pressures in the heart build up into the valves, then congestive heart failure can occur, which in turn causes a reduction in blood pressure and blood flow. sometime, with treatment the condition will go away. In this article we will first look at the symptoms of this condition, and after looking at that, we will look at the conventional medical approach for treatment. The symptoms of canine congestive heart failure can be noticed in the form of tiredness of the dogs. They will be listless, and will not respond to loud noises, especially high ones. The heart will be very loud with congestive heart failure - this is because the left ventricle, which is a pump muscle, is weakened by the free radicals, and will not be able to push the blood around efficiently. If we palpate the dogs neck, we will feel the walls of the trachea moving back and forth when the dog is resting, and this is because the muscles of the trachea and bronchial tubes are enlarged by the enforced blood pumping through them. The feeling when you put your hand round the trachea, is that it is as if all the time your finger is dragging through the area. These are the main symptoms. If you notice any more symptoms, you will need to see the vet. The conventional treatment for canine congestive heart failure is removal of the dogs heart and the placing of a dog on a sternal board to allow the sternal boards to stretch and to give the heart more room whilst it pumping. While this is an excellent start, there are mixed opinions as to whether or not such surgery is in the dogs best interest. There are also methods that do not require surgery, such as the use of a drugs and diet regimen. These may seem like an easier way to diagnose and treat the condition, but some of the drugs and diet regimen options contain ingredients which are not found naturally in dog food, and therefore may not be compatible with the sensitive stomach of the dog. For example, glucosamine is a commonly used supplement, but because it is a supplement and not a medicine, it can cause gastrointestinal damage in dogs, and in the case of calcium pantzes, there is a recall of products from China recently as it is reported to cause malnourishment. Luckily for the concerned pet owner, there are a number of ways to naturally treat the condition. These include low impact exercise such as leash walking and swimming which expand the flex time and help increase blood flow to different regions of the dog's body, and the use of medicinal herbs such as Calc Flouride, Pycium MRI of Chartreuse, Goldenseal, and Echinacea. There is also the use of medicine already in the form of pills, chewables and fortnightly instillation of carriers above the dog's age. If you are using a pills method, simply dissolve the pills in water and allow them to dissolve which can be done by placing them in a small bowl, soaking them in hot water for a minute, and then consuming them. Alternatively, place the pills in a meat packet, and ensure that it is placed at the back of the dogs throat to assist swallowing. If the dog will not eat them, you may have to dose them every 12 hours. There are a number of herbs that are good for treating congestive heart failure in dogs, and these include, Staphysagris, which is used to treat strokes and heart disease, and make Beauceron, a French ancient herb, a good choice too.