Heart & vascular support for dogs
Because your dog’s heart is the heart of your dog
According to the American Heart Association, spending quality time with your pet may protect YOU from heart disease. It is however up to you to protect your dog’s cardiovascular health.
A healthy balanced diet and regular exercise (physical and psychological) are important in order to keep your dog in good shape and his heart healthy and strong. However, this is not always enough. Using maxxicardio as part of your dog’s cardiovascular health care can really make a difference for your dog’s heart as well as his longevity and quality of life.
Which dogs can benefit from maxxicardio?
All dogs can benefit from stronger muscle contraction, improved stamina, focus and heart health. Many dog owners use maxxicardio as a preventive measure, to support their dogs overall heart health and stamina.
A cardiovascular supplement like maxxicardio is especially beneficial for the following dogs:
- Dog breeds predisposed to cardiovascular stress *
- Dogs with pre-existing suboptimal cardiovascular functions (suffer from heart problems)
- Senior dogs with various age-related health issues (e.g. irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, loss of muscle strength, reduced stamina)
- Active dogs that endure cardiac stress on a regular basis (e.g. working dogs and dogs that compete in sports)
* Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Miniature Schnauzers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, Miniature and Toy Poodles
Because your dog’s heart is precious
Cardiovascular problems are more common in dogs than most owners realise. It is estimated that around 10% of all dogs suffer from heart diseases (The Cardiac Education Group).
The risk increases with age, but it is estimated that 20-25% of dogs between 9 and 12 years of age suffer from MMVD (Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease). Some dog breeds are also more prone than others to suffer from cardiovascular problems.
Early signs of cardiovascular problems can be easy to miss but the sooner heart problems are discovered the better. All heart problems are a serious health concern and can be fatal if not treated in time.
Which is why many dog owners choose to give their beloved dogs a heart supplement like maxxicardio, to nurture their cardiovascular health.
Formulated for results
maxxicardio contains carefully chosen ingredients that support and help maintain good canine cardiovascular health. Each ingredient has its own important role (see more information about each ingredient below).
Together the carefully selected mix of amino acids, minerals and vitamins works synergistically to support and maintain cardiovascular and circulatory health in dogs.
maxxicardio supports heart muscles, promotes normal circulation, supports regular heartbeat, helps reduce oxidative stress, promotes tissue health and helps balance cholesterol. This makes maxxicardio an ideal dietary supplement not only for dogs with heart issues but also for active dogs that endure cardiac stress on a regular basis.)
Improved performance and focus
The ingredients in maxxicardio not only support healthy heart function but they can also help to boost exercise performance. By supporting muscle growth & strength and improving circulation, maxxicardio can help build stamina and improve focus.
Both are very important for working dogs (e.g. farm dogs, police dogs, sled dogs, service dogs), as well as dogs that compete in various sports (e.g. agility, flyball, canicross).
maxxicardio can also help to speed up recovery from exercise related pain and muscle soreness.
Our dogs’ love is irreplaceable and so are their hearts. It is therefore vital that we care well for both.
Our maxxicardio is specifically designed with your beloved dog’s heart in mind. The carefully selected ingredients nurture his heart and circulatory system. This helps to protect your dog’s cardiovascular health and improve his quality of life.
maxxicardio because healthier heart improves quality of life and life expectancy.
What is L-carnitine?
L-carnitine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins). It is naturally produced by the liver and kidneys, then stored in skeletal muscle, heart and brain tissues.
How does L-carnitine work for dogs?
The body uses L-carnitine to turn fat into energy. L-carnitine deficiency is common in adult dogs which may result in increased fat storage and decreased performance.
L-carnitine is frequently recommended for dogs with heart disorders, including dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy (abnormal heart muscle, dilated being the most common). L-carnitine deficiency has actually been documented in 40 - 50% of dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy.
The benefits of L-carnitine for dogs
- The recommended supplement for dogs with heart disorders (to help combat L-carnitine deficiency)
- Aids fat metabolism which may help with weight loss and obesity management
- Can have a positive effect on exercise performance, both endurance (stamina) and focus (cognitive function)
- May help prevent exercise-induced muscle damage and aid recovery
- Can help to maintain lean muscle mass
- May be helpful in the prevention and management of diabetes in dogs (and cats)
Studies have shown improvements in the cardiac function of cocker spaniels and boxers with dilated cardiomyopathy and one study demonstrated that L-carnitine can have positive effect on cognitive function in dogs (Animal Wellness Magazine).
A canine study published in 2017 found that L-carnitine aids both exercise performance and recovery of working dogs. It indicated that L-carnitine has beneficial effects on lean muscle mass and intensity of exercise. L-carnitine also “prevented exercise-induced muscle damage based on the reduced efflux of inflammatory enzymes and reduced oxidative stress during strenuous exercise”.
While this study concludes that L-carnitine promotes loss of body weight and body fat in overweight dogs.
What is taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid that is found naturally in meat and fish. Taurine is a conditional amino acid for dogs, i.e. the body can manufacture it. However, dogs can develop taurine deficiency and therefore benefit from supplementation.
How does taurine work for dogs?
Taurine has many health benefits. It is present in greatest concentrations in the heart wall muscles, brain and retina. Lack of taurine can cause your dog’s health to suffer, specifically his heart.
Even dogs that are not deficient in taurine may benefit from taurine supplementation.
The benefits of taurine for dogs
- Supports overall heart function
- May help dogs being weaned off heart medication
- May benefit dogs suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart)
- Can have a positive effect on energy levels
- Helps to calm the mind for better focus
- Helps control the release of chemical signals between cells in the brain
- Reduces the risk of taurine deficiency
Studies have shown a relationship between low taurine levels and diagnosis of DCM (canine dilated cardiomyopathy). Vets are increasingly checking for taurine levels in dogs with heart issues.
While this study shows that taurine inhibits the release of adrenaline and has a positive effect on dopamine level. This has calming effect which helps dogs to focus (and explains why taurine is one of the key ingredients in our maxxicalm).
What is hawthorn berry powder?
Hawthorn is a spiny bush with bright red berries that have been used traditionally for centuries to treat various heart problems, i.e. from irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and heart failure.
How does hawthorn berry work for dogs?
Hawthorn berries have been shown to be a beneficial supplement for senior dogs and dogs with heart issues. It is also a valuable daily supplement for working dogs (i.e. dogs that endure cardiac stress on a regular basis) as it not only helps to maintain good cardiac health but can also improve endurance.
This is why hawthorn berry powder is often called “heart health tonic” or “cardio-tonic”, as tonic gives the feeling of increased vigour or well-being.
The benefits of hawthorn berry for dogs
- Regular use can gradually improve the overall health of dogs
- Can help to regulate high and low blood pressure
- Supports and helps to maintain cardiovascular and circulatory health
- May help to regulate irregular or abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia)
- Can improve exercise tolerance (endurance)
Not only is hawthorn one of the best studied herbal remedies for humans (it has been subjected to multiple rigorous placebo-controlled clinical trials and found to be consistently effective).
There is also a large amount of clinical experience in the use of hawthorn for treating pets with heart disease, generally with favourable results.
“Hawthorn appears generally safe and has been tested with most pharmaceuticals commonly used to manage cardiac and blood pressure disorders. The need for pharmaceuticals may be reduced or even occasionally replaced in dogs and cats treated with hawthorn” (VCA Animal Hospital).
What is coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 (a.k.a. CoQ-10, CoQ10 or ubiquinone) is a nutrient that is found throughout the body but particularly in the heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas.
Coenzyme Q10 is required for the proper function of many organs and chemical reactions in the body.
How does coenzyme Q10 work for dogs?
People with certain diseases, such as heart failure, high blood pressure, may have lower levels of coenzyme Q10 (WebMD). Coenzyme Q-10 levels can also decrease in people and pets as they age.
Coenzyme Q10 supplementation is commonly recommended for conditions that affect the heart such as heart failure, chest pain, and high blood pressure.
Most dogs with heart disease also suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. Coenzyme Q10 can help by reducing the size of the periodontal pockets and improving their health, i.e. by decreasing inflammation and bleeding.
The benefits of coenzyme Q10 for dogs
- Supports cardiovascular function in dogs
- Helps with periodontal disease (supports gum health)
- Antioxidant (helps neutralise free radicals)
- Helps provide energy to cells
- Supports the immune system
- Positive effect on energy and exercise tolerance
- Supports renal function
Coenzyme Q-10 has shown effectiveness in research studies conducted on dogs with heart disease and heart failure and clinical experience suggests its effectiveness for dogs with periodontal disease (VCA Animal Hospitals).
What is ginkgo biloba?
Ginkgo biloba (a.k.a. maidenhair) is a tree native to China that has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine over the centuries. Modern supplements tend to use the ginkgo biloba leaves.
Ginkgo biloba supplements are associated with several health uses, most of which focus on the brain function and blood circulation.
How does ginkgo biloba work for dogs?
Ginkgo biloba can increase the blood flow by promoting the dilation of blood vessels. This ability to increase dilation of blood vessels (peripheral vasodilation) suggests it should be considered as a component of treatment protocols for congestive heart failure (VCA Animal Hospitals).
Ginkgo biloba also contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids (compounds known for their strong antioxidant effects).
The Benefits of ginkgo biloba for dogs
- Aids blood circulation and hence cardiovascular health
- Supports cognitive function
- Antioxidant (helps neutralise free radicals)
The studies on pets have mainly focused on brain function and behaviour, e.g. this study that found ginkgo biloba leaf to be a safe dietary supplement for an elderly dog with age-related behavioural disturbances (NCBI 2006).
There are however a number of studies on humans showing ginkgo biloba to be beneficial for cardio health. This study on people with heart disease revealed an immediate increase in blood flow to multiple parts of the body (NCBI 2008).
While additional research points to ginkgo’s protective effects on heart health, brain health and stroke prevention (Healthline).
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral that is crucial to the body's function. Every cell in the body contains magnesium and needs it to function.
Magnesium citrate is magnesium bound to a citrate salt. This makes the magnesium more easily absorbed by the body and is therefore the preferred form of magnesium used in supplements.
How does magnesium work for dogs?
Magnesium helps to keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady (WebMD). It helps normalize an irregular heartbeat and works synergistically with calcium to strengthen the heart.
Magnesium (and potassium, also in maxxicardio) are important minerals for dogs with chronic heart failure. Deficiency of magnesium can exacerbate the potential side effects of cardiac medications and may cause other problems such as muscle weakness and cardiac arrhythmias (Vet Know How).
Magnesium can also help to boost exercise performance which is important for working dogs and dogs that compete in sports. It helps move blood sugar into the muscles and dispose of lactic acid, i.e. plays vital part in the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Magnesium is not only a strong muscle relaxant. It also plays a critical role in helping to speed up recovery, whether it is exercise related pain and muscle soreness or related to other pain or nerve conditions.
The benefits of magnesium for dogs
- Supports healthy heart function and regular heartbeat
- May reduce risk of side effects from heart medications
- Helps to keep blood pressure within healthy range
- Supports the skeletal system (bone health)
- May boost exercise performance
- Can help with restlessness and stiff muscles
- Plays a role in helping to speed up recovery
- Supports hundreds of chemical reactions in the body
Various studies on humans have indicated that magnesium may boost exercise performance, e.g. this one which shows how magnesium enhances exercise performance via increasing glucose availability in the blood, muscle, and brain during exercise (NCBI 2014).
Several studies have examined associations between magnesium intake and heart disease in humans. Results have been promising but large, well-designed clinical trials are needed to better understand the contributions of magnesium to heart health and the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (National Institute of Health)
What is potassium?
Potassium is a mineral that is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally (WebMD). Potassium is also necessary to maintain a proper fluid balance throughout the body.
Potassium is not produced naturally by the body, so your dog must get it through his diet.
How does potassium work for dogs?
Potassium levels affect muscle contractions. Low levels of potassium can cause muscle weakness and irregular heartbeat. Like magnesium, potassium is an important mineral for dogs with chronic heart failure.
Potassium also supports muscle growth. It sparks the growth of muscle cells which contribute to stronger muscles. Potassium also helps the muscles to contract and relax which improves the motor skills of your dog. All of which are important for dogs to do well in training and exercise.
The benefits of potassium for dogs
- Supports muscle growth and muscle strength
- Helps maintain regular heartbeat
- Necessary for the proper functioning of enzymes, muscles and nerves
- Helps maintain and regulate fluid balance in the body
A number of studies on humans have shown the positive effect of potassium on cardiovascular health. For example this one which concludes that higher dietary potassium intake is associated with lower rates of stroke and might also reduce the risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) and total CVD (cardiovascular disease) (NCBI 2011).
What is vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient found in many foods and is required for the proper function of many organs in the body.
On a supplement label, natural vitamin E is listed as d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate (as in maxxicardio). And with vitamin E, natural is better (Chiro).
The benefits of vitamin E for dogs
- Supports muscle health and circulation
- Antioxidant (helps neutralise free radicals)
How does vitamin E work for dogs?
Vitamin E is essential for a dog's muscles, circulatory system, and injury healing. It is also a powerful antioxidant, i.e. helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals (National Institutes of Health).