As summer approaches, the risk of your pet contracting heartworms increases, but mainstream treatment can put your pet at even higher risk of dangerous side effects. This year, instead of going for the annual heartworm prevention drugs provided by veterinarians, why not try a safer natural alternative?
Conventional veterinary contenders will say that there is no such thing as natural heartworm prevention. They remain locked in the belief that toxic monthly preventative drugs are the only hope, and they have the backing of the drug manufacturers, the pet pharmaceutical industry and veterinary associations (AVMA, AAHA, American Heartworm Society, etc.) that hold the same belief in the power of big pharma.
But you’re reading this because you’d rather make your own decisions, even if it means marching to a different drummer than the rest of the crowd.
2 questions to ask about any pet healthcare decision
The first thing to do here, as with any healthcare choice you make, is ask two key questions about the procedure or drug regimen being presented to you:
1. Does this work?:
This is also known as efficacy. For example, we’ve known that, although roughly 60 percent of conventional veterinarians still recommend an annual battery of vaccinations for your pets, they are recommending this against the knowledge of veterinary immunologists for over two decades. Immunologists clearly know that repetitive vaccinations lack efficacy.
The current heartworm preventative drugs have shown decreasing efficacy over the years. Much like in human medicine, the heartworms have been able to start building a resistance to the cocktail of toxins in the drugs. Researchers are hopeful that this resistance can be stemmed by convincing you to keep your dog on a year-round heartworm prevention routine.
I doubt you’re going to be part of that experiment.
2. Is this safe?:
This question is by far the more important. Safety here refers to whether or not illness is caused by a drug, vaccine, or procedure. As I recently blogged, there are obvious problems with administering pesticides to your pets. And yes, that’s what comprises the heartworm “preventative” drugs. They depend on killing the larvae in your dog’s blood stream to eliminate the adult parasite as well. These drugs aren’t really preventing the infestation of the heartworm larvae. Instead, they are used to periodically poison the larvae in order to prevent them from developing into adults.
Natural heartworm prevention
How does a natural heartworm prevention program rate in these two measures? It depends largely on the basis of the particular program and the range of outcomes in those who use it.
There are many programs based on the use of potentially toxic herbs to prevent heartworm infestation. Black walnut is one common ingredient. It is effective in killing intestinal parasites, but there is no solid evidence that it also kills worms that live in the circulatory system, like heartworms do.
One natural heartworm prevention tip you’ll find online is the use of Guinness beer! Some sources have falsely called it a homeopathic treatment, claiming it can be used to successfully treat a dog that is already infected with heartworms. There are questions with both efficacy and safety with this treatment, but alcohol, much like black walnut, is potentially toxic to pets.
I’ve lived in the presence of heartworms for the past 25 years, practicing in mosquito-dense areas like Hawaii and now Texas. My clients have opted not to use the heartworm preventative drugs promoted by the big pharma pet industry. Roughly 90 percent of my clients instead prevent heartworm infestation with my natural protocols, which are focused on building a strong resistance within the dog’s system.
It works – their annual spring heartworm tests consistently show negative results, even over multiple years. Between Hawaii with its constant exposure of mosquitos and Texas with 6-7 months full of mosquitos, I can estimate the number of dogs protected this way to be in the hundreds.
But here are the two key questions:
1. Has efficacy been demonstrated with this method?
I can honestly say it has. Hundreds of dogs testing negative over 25 years using this protocol in heartworm endemic areas is a pretty loud call out to efficacy.
2. Is this process a safe one for my pet? Are there side effects from this approach?
It is absolutely safe, and yes, there are a number of known side effects!
Dogs that have been administered my natural heartworm prevention protocol have experienced shiny coats that smell great without a bath, bright, clear eyes, stools that don’t reek, and white teeth and sweet smelling breath. They also develop higher disease resistance to many other diseases, including allergies , ear infections, arthritis, tumors, etc.
This is an important issue, though, and must be researched thoroughly. In order to aid your research, I will provide several links for easy access to posts I’ve written discussing the subject of heartworm. There is certainly a great deal of information available on the internet, but you must remember the two key questions:
- Does this work?
- Is this safe?
Before you decide on a heartworm prevention regimen, make sure you are comfortable with the answers to those two questions. Your pet’s life may depend on it.
Articles to help your understanding
One dangerous drug, called Trifexis, has had many reports of pets suffering harm after the administration of the drug, complete with denial from the manufacturer:
Another, more general article has information about the poisons comprised in many heartworm prevention regimens:
A case report from my practice, wherein a dog experienced illness after the administration of her heartworm prevention regimen:
Another case report on curing heartworms without the use of mainstream drugs, with regular updates in real time:
Finally, I have included an occasion when my natural heartworm prevention protocol was successful, along with some of Dr. Jean Dodds’ research proving that current heartworm drugs have caused harm:
Share your experience with us in the comments! We’d love to hear what you’ve researched and the results that you’ve seen in your own pets. Heartworm prevention can be crowd-sourced to a certain extent, as information from real people and their pets’ experiences with the natural approach are shared.
He’s been known to lecture to veterinarians now and again, presenting case reports of animals treated with homeopathy and advice on how to make a simple, successful practice with a simple, powerful medical modality. When he’s not practicing, writing or teaching, he’s off walking in the wilds of Central Texas, taking pictures and awaiting the inspiration that comes from being out in Nature.
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