Heart Healthy Foods for Dogs

I bet you didn’t know heart disease is more common in dogs than it is in people. While we can’t remove genetic risks, we can help our dog’s heart stay healthy by making sure they are getting the right foods that support dog heart health. This includes foods that are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Taurine, an amino acids. Here is a list of foods that you can add to your dog’s daily kibble that are good sources of these nutrients.

Vitamin A

* Carrots

* Spinach

* Kale

* Cod Liver Oil

* Turkey Liver

* Beef Liver

* Rock Melon (remove rind)

* Watermelon (remove rinds and seeds)

Vitamin C

* Broccoli

* Strawberries

* Blackberries

* Potatoes

* Raspberries

* Spinach

* Sweet Potato

* Rock melon (remove rind)

* Watermelon (remove rind and seeds)

* Kiwifruit

These three are not high in Vitamin C, but are still considered a “good source”:

* Carrots

* Green beans

Vitamin E

* Spinach

* Kale

* Coconut oil

* Olive oil

* Canola oil

* Broccoli

* Parsley

* Kiwifruit

Taurine

* Beef (especially liver/heart)

* Lamb (especially liver/heart)

* Dark chicken meat

* Seaweed

* Krill

* Salmon

* Tuna

Whenever you are adding something to your dog’s diet, do so slowly. You don’t want to cause a tummy upset, especially if it’s not something they are used to. Also, some of these foods, like spinach, contain high amounts of more than one of these, so pay attention to what you are giving your dog – you don’t want to give them too much of one mineral or acid. As the saying goes “too much of a good thing is bad.” And that is true. All of these can have bad side effects if your dog has too much.

If you don’t want to fuss with adding these to your dog’s food, select a kibble that contains all these heart healthy ingredients already! Our Stay Loyal line has added vitamins (including A, C, and E), added Taurine and as well as foods that include these naturally, like potatoes, fruits, vegetables and oils.

And don’t forget – food is not the only thing that’s important for keeping your dog’s heart healthy! Exercise and weight management are just as important. Make sure your dog is getting the right amount of exercise and that you are keeping him at a good weight. Excess fat makes the heart work harder, so a lean dog will be healthier!

Exercise, a healthy weight and good food can really help your dog live longer and stay healthy

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Robert
    I have a shitzxpoodlexcavaleir 2.5yo. Feeding him is just too hard, everything makes him itch or vomit or gives diarrhoea. I had him on grain free kibble but have stopped now as his all night scratching drive me nuts (so to speak). We think he’s allergic to chicken but I don’t know anymore. I have tried grain free kibble bag after bag and different brands, none seem to agree. I hope your product is going to be different. I currently have him on raw lamb and nothing else. If I add veges his poo is terrible, he mouths all night as if feeling nausea, if he eats a bone lamb cutlet he gets mucous in his poo. So I am reading with interest all your emails and can only hope this product might be better. He also suffers with anal gland problems. A stomach that loudly gurgles at anything. And lots more, never had a more difficult dog to feed having owned a kelpie and shepherd previously. Thanks for the info fingers crossed.

    1. Hi Connie, Sounds like most of your issues could be addressed with feeding. So not all grain-free dog foods are the same fingers crossed our food does the trick for your dog.

      The Mucous in his poo could be a good thing. It could be from the anal glands or something else that is better out than in.

      With stomach upsets these can be to do with the actual food but more often than not its related to the dog not having the capacity to handle a certain amount of that food. So gradual change is always recommended with any food and once the dog is accustomed to different foods then you can mix it up. The other part of stomach issues is feeding less food in total. Simply by feeding to much for that particular dog you will have stomach issues for days. When a stomach upset happens, best solution i have found is to stop all food for a few days.

      Here is a link to a newsletter explaining how to deal with doggy diarrhea –> https://stayloyal.com.au/pdf/june_newsletter51.pdf

    1. Hi Iris, there are a lot of websites saying it has toxins, but actual research shows that the skin and leaves have the toxin and meat or flesh that we eat has very little depending on the variety. As far as i know no dog has died from eating Avocado but some have vomited after eating it. We have taken the avocado off the list of vitamin E foods but from what i can see from the actual accounts from vets its not harmful in small amounts.

  2. Hello Robert,
    I would like to let you know, that I will not be ordering stayloyal any longer.
    I have changed to BARF.
    I would like to thank you for all your kind information in the past, also wish you all the best.
    Kind regards,
    Gunda

  3. Hi Robert was just wondering what your thoughts are on grain free dog food as they are looking in to it in America as they think it’s causing heart problems in dogs as they have had over 100 dogs die of thre same heart problems . I am very worried about it hoping you know more about it. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lorraine, So the info i have on it is that its about 26 or 28 dogs have died from cardiomyopathy that were eating Grain free Dog food. In America its been calculated that about 28 million dogs eat grain free so if there is a link between the food and cardiomyopathy its a very small one. It is breeds that are known to get this heart problem like golden Retrievers and Labradors. If anyone has those breeds and are concerned they should look into getting a taurine test and what other tests they consider necessary not matter what kind of food they are feeding.

  4. Carrots!!!!!! Adore your title photo. Carrots make excellent fillers for dogs. I think they are terribly underrated as a weight reducing food for dogs. They make for great crunching. toys. Dog owners – crunch your carrot, slowly, in front of your dog and they’ll soon be asking for them.

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