CoQ10 is useful for treating pets with a variety of medical problems and those needing antioxidant support. Pets with dental disease, especially those with gingivitis, may benefit from CoQ10 because of its ability to reduce gum inflammation.
Pets with cardiovascular disease also may benefit because the supplement improves heart function, as may pets with cancer because it improves immune function. In particular, pets receiving the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin may benefit from CoQ10 usage as it may mitigate the heart toxicity that can occur during treatment with the cancer drug. CoQ10 is not as commonly used in pets as in people, but pets taking statin drugs to lower blood cholesterol or lipid levels should receive the supplement to prevent the adverse effects commonly seen with statins.
Finally, CoQ10 in dogs and cats can also be used to reduce high blood pressure; as regular supplementation in older pets due to declining CoQ10 in aging patients; and in pets with any type of immune dysfunction, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, myasthenia gravis, and degenerative myelopathy.