Standard Process Canine and Feline Cardiac Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Cardiac Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine and Feline Cardiac Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review


There has been a lot of rumors about heart disease in our pets lately.  Whether is genetic or acquired, it really doesn’t matter.  I choose to put all of my focus and education on the health of your pet.

We all know that the heart is an important organ, essential for the life of our pets. But what many pet parents and veterinarians do not realize, is that even minor disease or decrease in function can effect so many other areas of health.  For example, small changes in the strength of a pet’s blood vessels can impact arthritis and joint pain. Another example would be a decrease in circulation by the heart that results in less blood flow and thus less oxygen to the brain in our older pets. This can display as cloudy eyes, dullness or confusion that mimics dementia.

As the specialty of veterinary cardiology has expanded, I see more and more pets put on toxic medications that are frequently hundreds of dollars a month and have terrible side effects. I also see the repetition of pets monitored with heart murmurs not severe enough to need heart medications, but rather the doctor says to come back and wait until the condition is worse enough to warrant medications. What?!? We see a similar pattern with kidney disease.

How about healing your pet’s body to prevent the need of drugs that only treat symptoms?  My approach to cardiovascular disease is to support your pet’s heart and body to heal and remain as strong as possible. I have seen that a lot of today’s chronic diseases have a component of nutrient deficiency.  Our food supply (and thus our pet’s food supply) comes from soil that is depleted of vitamins and minerals.  Then, the food is over-processed and synthetic, processed vitamins are added.  For a look into the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins check this out.

But our loyal pet’s bodies compensate as much as possible.  And lucky for us, the cardiovascular system has an incredible ability to respond to nutrition. In fact, the cardiovascular system responds within a few minutes. Veterinarians can measure heart values and an EKG, and then give a pet some of these supplements, wait 20 minutes,  and repeat the measurements and EKG.  The improvement can be seen immediately, that is how responsive the cardiovascular system is.  I’ve seen it first hand in my patients, my pets and even my own Mom.

I started using Standard Process Canine and Feline Cardiac Support when a friend was in a very dark place.  Her senior Pomeranian was nearing the end of a year long battle with congestive heart failure. He was panting and coughing continuously, all day and all night. There was nothing  more that the cardiologist could do.  To try to get him some time through a weekend, I instructed her to give her little dog 1/8th of a teaspoon of Standard Process Cardiac Support dissolved in a little water every 2 hours.  I thought maybe that would give my friend one more day to say goodbye.  I went back to check on him 2 hours later.

I couldn’t believe it – he only coughed once that whole visit! The fluid crackles in his lungs were gone, his abdomen was less distended, his heart rate had relaxed and he had enough energy to do this “happy Pomeranian” spin. We continued the supplement, got him eating again,  and continued to strengthen his cardiovascular system.  That was over 2 years ago and he is still running around and playing today.

The magic lies in the incredible, system specific nutritional support that this product provides. Remember, cardiovascular health is not only about the heart, it is also about vessels.  Now a days, I recommend this supplement for all of my patients that have a cardiovascular health issue.  I’ve seen it improve the quality of life of dogs and cats.  Pets that are young and pets that are old.  Pets that are huge and pets that are tiny.

Lets go over some common signs that your pet may benefit from Standard Process Cardiac Support, some commonly suggested uses and how the whole food ingredients provide support for your pet.

Common Signs That Your Pet May Benefit from Canine and Feline Cardiac Support
  • Weakness or lack of energy
  • Panting
  • Blue-ish or purple gums or tongue
  • Open mouth breathing
  • Seizure-like activity
  • Falling
  • Rapid, pounding heart
  • Increased respiratory effort
  • Posture with neck extended or elbows out
  • Coughing and/or gagging
  • Passing out or collapsing
  • Cold extremities
  • Weight loss
  • Distended or bloated abdomen
Standard Process Canine and Feline Cardiac Support Suggested Uses:
  • Heart Enlargement
  • Murmurs
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Arrythmias
  • Syncope
  • Heartworm infection and treatment
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • High blood pressure
  • Dementia
  • Poor circulation
  • Seizures
  • Senior pets
  • Tachycardia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Ingredients: L-carnitine, bovine liver, bovine heart PMG™ extract, rice (bran), bovine kidney, bovine orchic extract, organic beet (root), defatted wheat (germ), bovine spleen, ovine spleen, selenium yeast, ribonucleic acid, wheat (germ) oil, bovine pancreas Cytosol™ extract, veal bone PMG™ extract, organic dried buckwheat (aerial parts) juice, organic buckwheat (seed), organic dried alfalfa (aerial parts) juice, calcium lactate, hawthorn (berry), carrot (root), organic shiitake mushroom powder, organic reishi mushroom powder, nutritional yeast, organic dried pea (vine) juice, Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), oat flour, para-aminobenzoate, chlorophyll extract, inositol, choline bitartrate, porcine brain, and ascorbic acid.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Cardiac Support

L-carnatine An amino acid required for proteins of the cardiovascular system, improves energy, assists in maintaining a healthy weight.
Bovine Liver Boosts the liver to help detox, blood pressure regulation, blood cell cycling and contain vast amounts of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.  Supplies lots of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and provides B-vitamins which are critical to hearth health.
Bovine Heart PMG™ Extract Supports the repair of myocytes (heart muscle cells). Improves oxygenation of the cardiovascular tissues, helps maintain a normal blood pressure.  Provides electrolytes to help electrical communication of the heartbeat.
Rice Bran Supplies the whole vitamin B complex which is necessary for blood vessel tone and cellular energy production.  Contains healthy fats which assist with fluid balance and a stable blood pressure.  Contains critical cardiovascular antioxidants like vitamin E.
Bovine Kidney Source of valuable and easy to digest protein. Supports normal blood pressure and electrolyte balance. Supports detoxification and immune system strength.
Bovine and Ovine Spleen Provides cellular materials to create and maintain red blood cells and white blood cells. Supports circulation, oxygen saturation and boosts the immune system.
Bovine Orchic Extract Improves the absorption and distribution of nutrients throughout your pets’ body.  Supplies magnesium, which is critical to heat muscle relaxation, which is an equally important heart action that allows the heart chambers to fill with blood between contraction beats.
Beet Root Naturally relaxes blood vessels to improve tissue perfusion, contributes antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin B complex.
Defatted Wheat Germ Packed with nutrition, the fat portion is removed to maintain supplement freshness. Contains many antioxidants, supplies anti-inflammatory vitamin E, balances blood sugar, supplies magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and selenium.  Protects health of heart muscles and stabilizes blood pressure.  Provides full vitamin B complex.
Buckwheat Leaf Juice and Seed A source for an extremely wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, selenium and vitamin B-complex. Also contains vitamin C-complex including rutin, which strengthens arteries, veins and capillaries.
High Selenium Yeast Rich source of selenium which is extremely depleted in American soils and is a common deficiency among people and pets.  Deficiency of selenium causes white muscle disease which damages the heart.
Ribonucleic Acid Supports tissue repair and regeneration.  Provides general circulatory support and directly improves microcirculation.
Wheat Germ Oil Tons of antioxidants, vitamin E sources, protects healthy tissue near damaged tissue and helps to repair damaged tissues.
Bovine Pancreas Cytosol Extract Repairs the pancreas, prevents inflammation and supports complete digestion and absorption of vital proteins.
Veal Bone PMG™ Provides much needed calcium to repair cells, transfer electrical messages through heart tissue and for heart muscle fibers to contract as strongly and efficiently as possible.
Alfalfa Juice Supports circulation, prevents blood and protein loss from the blood vessels. Provides highly concentrated antioxidants and whole complex vitamin C.
Mushroom Extremely valuable to reduce inflammation and promote strong circulation.  Repairs the endothelial lining of blood vessels. Provides highly concentrated antioxidants and whole complex vitamin C.
Calcium Lactate A bio-available form of calcium which is needed for strong contractions of heart muscles.  Also helps repair and rebuild damaged tissue and boosts the immune system to clear damaged cells and any secondary infections.
Crataegus oxyacantha Long history as remedy for heart problems in ancient Greece and Asia with documented therapies in the 1400s. Proven to improve peripheral circulation and to improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. Extremely dense in antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation within blood vessels. Improves blood flow to brain and is effective at treating arrhythmias.
Nutritional Yeast Packed with B-vitamin complex to support energy production.  Source of valuable minerals such as chromium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. Helps regulate and better control blood pressure.
Carrot Provides vitamin A in natural form which has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in human medicine. Contains lots of antioxidants.
Pea Vine Juice One of the strongest concentrations of vitamin E on the planet. Helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks in people. Is naturally anti-inflammatory, especially in the nerves, blood vessels and heart.
Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss) Natural source of B-vitamins and important minerals. Supplies chlorophyll which speeds up tissue healing and contributes heaps of antioxidants.
Para-amino benzoate Helps heal arteries and heart muscle fibers without scar tissue. Also supports the stability of gut bacteria.
Chlorophyll Extract Promotes tissue health and regeneration. Stimulates detoxification and is a great source of antioxidants.
Inositol Evidence shows that it balances neurotransmitters that contribute to mood, improves glucose movement, lowers blood fat levels, and decreases blood pressure.
Choline bitartrate Improves the use and metabolism of body fat which can support heart, liver and nervous system health.
Oat flour Contains soluble fiber which can reduce cholesterol, normalize appetite and promote a stable blood sugar.  Also provides natural vitamin A.
Porcine brain Provides naturally formed healthy fats that are required for cellular repair and regeneration. Helpful in many body systems including the nervous system.
Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C helps Vitamin E work more effectively at protecting arteries, and helps reduce blood pressure.
Canine and Feline Cardiac Support Complimentary Supplements:
  • Canine Adrenal Support
  • Canine Renal Support
  • Canine Whole Body Support
  • Fish Oil Omega 3s
Important Mineral Measurements:
  • Calcium 1 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sodium 12 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Selenium 18 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Zinc 300 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
Size Product ID# Price
25g A2000 $37
100g A2050 $64
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Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are palatable. In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“All breeds and ages are prone to heart disease. The heart is the number one organ that responds greatly to nutrition. Therefore, it makes sense to always support the heart nutritionally when dealing with any heart condition.

Standard Process Cardiac Support contains a synergistic grouping of whole food nutrients, tissue extracts, concentrates and botanical ingredients. Broad support for the heart requires recognition of the array of tissues that contribute to optimal cardiac function. These tissues include the cardiac muscle, cardiac excitatory and conductive cells, endothelium, and nerve cells. Nutritional support should provide nutrients and other substrates that contribute to optimizing the function of each of these tissues. Standard Process Cardiac Support should be given to all patients with cardiac abnormalities ranging from valvular insufficiency to arrhythmias. Application of this product to this range of condition is appropriate due to its combination of ingredients that provide important factors for the variety of involved tissues. Cardiac function is not stimulated or suppressed. Rather, the goal is to optimize cellular function. This allows for appropriate, sustained cardiac response to varying conditions.


The heart is an amazing muscle, vital to the life of your pet. Providing nutritional support to the cardiovascular system includes other organs that support the heart such as the liver, kidneys, and digestive system. Canine Cardiac Support and Feline Cardiac Support provide nutrients that support optimal cardiac function, as well as natural muscle cell healing and regeneration.

The ingredients in Standard Process Canine Cardiac Support and Feline Cardiac Support feed several important organs such as the heart, vasculature, autonomic nervous system, liver and kidneys. Ingredients in Canine and Feline Cardiac Support contain whole vitamin complexes in addition to other important phytonutrients and synergists.”

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Your pet's health can improve dramatically with individually selected whole food supplements.

Holistically treated pets live healthier happier lives.

The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.


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