Species affected: Dogs, cats
Background: Most commonly occurs secondary to a systemic bacterial infection; more likely to occur if there is pre-existing congenital or chronic damage to the heart and valves. The disease can damage both the valves and the lining of the heart.
Symptoms: Valvular damage and congestive heart failure. Symptoms may be associated with infectious disease, such as fever, cough, purulent discharges, tachycardia, anorexia; and positive bacterial culture from the blood in the case of bacterial infection.
Diagnostics: Confirmed by cardiac workup, radiology, echocardiography and EKG, blood tests.
Special Notes: Treatment should be aggressive.
Principles for Supplementation: Antibacterial herbs, in addition to antibiotics, supportive care, and nutraceuticals, herbs and megavitamins to rebuild the immune system.