The conventional treatment, a series of injections with a drug named Immiticide (sometimes after antibiotic treatment with Doxycyline as a precautionary treatment for Wolbachia bacteria), is very risky for your heartworm-positive dog.
The drug, made by Merial, can cause many side effects and is described by Merial as having “a low margin of safety.”
The above heartworm treatment takes about three months. During this time your dog’s movement and exercise must be restricted. This is to minimize the risk of dead worms getting into your dog’s bloodstream, which can be fatal. Dogs undergoing this heartworm treatment must spend much of these three months crated to prevent.
Fortunately, there is a trusted, all-natural alternative to conventional treatment.
It’s always best to prevent your dog from getting heartworm in the first place.
Your veterinarian will emphasize this when they insist on prescribing heartworm preventives for your dog, but these drugs can also be risky.
Note: Heartworm drugs don’t actually prevent heartworms. They work by killing any heartworm larvae that may already be in your dog. There more of a treatment than preventative.
How safe is heartworm “prevention”? Heartworm prevention drugs haven’t been tested for long term effects, so we don’t know what the long-term effects of giving heartworm meds to your dog are.
However, the short term adverse reactions are bad enough. They include symptoms as severe as staggering, convulsions, and hypersalivation, to name a few.
Protect Your Dog Against Heartworms
The good news is that there are ways to protect your dog against heartworms without using medications.
The single best way to stay on top of your dog’s health is to do quarterly blood tests. A simple blood test will determine if your dog has become infected and needs treatment.
Diet is the single best prevention against heartworms. An optimal diet is a raw diet of meats, bones and organs. Feeding your dog species appropriate foods not only supports gut health, it raises immunity and your dog’s ability to fight off parasites, illnesses and disease.
If your dog does in fact become infected, below is an all-natural and safe treatment option.
All-Natural Heartworm Treatment
Firstly, don’t attempt any treatments without the help of a holistic vet. Heartworm is serious and not something to treat without professional help.
Herbal Heartworm Remedy – HWF
Amber Technology makes a product called HWF. By law, they’re not permitted to say that the product treats heartworm, so the product description says “HWF may support the heart by cleaning the cardiovascular system from unwanted foreign substances.”
This gentle, all-natural treatment option helps your dog eliminate heartworms over a period of 16-32 weeks. The good news is that your dog doesn’t have to be on restricted activity during this time.
The product contains the following herbal ingredients:
- Apricot kernel extract
- Black seed
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Hawthorn berries
- Hops flowers
- Sheep sorrel
AmberTech recommends starting with their “Basic Detox” dosage guidelines if your dog has heartworms.
Note: It may ben necessary to increase the dose over time if your dog’s heartworms aren’t clearing up. Work with your holistic vet to determine the appropriate dosing schedule for your dog.
Ambertech is also very helpful in providing advice on how to use the product successfully, so don’t hesitate to contact them directly if you have questions.
Let’s review healthful preventative measures once more:
- Reduce the frequency of vaccinations.
- Feed your dog a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and oxidation. This will improve your dog’s overall health and make them less susceptible to infection.
- Take your dog for regular veterinary visits and blood tests to allow for early diagnosis. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the less likely the infection will turn into disease.
- Limit your dog’s exposure to mosquitoes. They can be controlled naturally with citrus oils, cedar oils and diatomaceous earth.
- Feed an optimal, raw diet of meats bones and organs. Click here for more info: http://www.whitneyliving.com/rawfeedingebook
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