Heart Healthy Foods for Dogs

Recently, I shared with you my article on diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a preventable condition associated with certain commercial pet food diets. Here, I would like to follow up with some heart healthy foods for dogs – simple, real ingredients found in most grocery stores. As part of a healthy, balanced diet, these foods can act as an extra heart-supportive boost.

Read my article on diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Contact me to get started on adding healthier options to your dog’s diet. Having a strategy to it will help optimize your results.~ Sarah

Heart Healthy Foods for Dogs

Red Foods. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, red foods can nurture heart health. These include:

  • Organ meats
  • Red meats
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Red sweet peppers

Yin Tonics. Also in Traditional Chinese Medicine, foods that are considered “yin tonics” or “cooling foods” can benefit heart health. These include:

  • Fish
  • Heart meat (also considered a “like feeds like” food – heart feeds the heart)
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Brown rice

Foods containing taurine. One of the issues in diet-related DCM is related to taurine, an amino acid connected with proper heart function (and many other important body processes). Taurine is found in many animal protein foods such as:

  • Turkey, chicken and some other poultry – especially dark meat (I use a 93%/7& turkey blend a lot – some dark meat, but not overly fatty
  • Some seafood
  • Eggs

Foods with specific vitamins, minerals and other compounds.  Certain nutrients are known to support heart health.  These can be found in specific foods. Contact me for help getting started!

  • Several of the B-vitamins
  • Vitamins A, K, E
  • Minerals selenium, magnesium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Adding healthier foods can be an effective way of supporting your dog’s heart health.  Contact me for help. ~ Sarah

About Dog Food Coach

I am on a mission to help you feed your dogs a healthier diet using simple, everyday foods found in most grocery stores, farm stands or elsewhere.

How Can I Help?

My Goals:

  • Empower you
  • Help you realize you can improve your dog’s diet without much trouble or confusion
  • Guide you toward healthy, easy to make foods
  • Support you during your transition
  • Work with you to create a truly supportive, nourishing diet for your dog

Individualized Support Sessions With Sarah:

During our time together, I encourage (but certainly don’t require) you to make the sample recipe I send. We can then discuss any questions you have. Each session includes the following:

  • Review of your dog’s current diet
  • Suggested changes as needed
  • 1 sample recipe, created by Sarah
  • 1 educational handout (1-2 pages), created by Sarah
  • Unlimited emails and texts as needed, for up to a full week
  • Cost: $50 – purchase one or several weeks’ worth
  • Purchase one or more weekly support consults on PayPal

Sarah Whitman, MS