Heartworms in dogs are a frightening threat, but a natural heartworm treatment for dogs is safer. I want to share the herbs I wished I'd known about when my dog tested positive.
Some years ago a handsome Golden Retriever adopted me by showing up at my door and refusing to leave.
Not being able to find his owner, we added him to our family and loved him dearly.
Issac was a great dog. Albeit a bit like Marley from Marley and Me, that dog had heart.
That dog had charisma, and even when he made you angry, you had to laugh at the same time. Isaac also had canine heartworm.
My vet said he had to have a heartworm treatment or he would die. Even then the prognosis was a fifty-fifty chance of survival. Isaac survived the treatment but died just a few years later. He was only four years old and I'll always wonder how much that heartworm treatment had to do with it.
I would never blindly trust a veterinarian again. Isaac had no symptoms of heartworm whatsoever and if there were only Microfilaria present, I might not have gone ahead with treatment. More important is if I'd known about a natural heartworm treatment I would have jumped at the chance.
Heartworm Symptoms In Dogs
Coughing and labored breathing head the list for canine heartworm symptoms. Heartworms by the way, can live in the heart or the lungs.
If the heart's passages become constricted there can be labored breathing and possible heart failure.
While this seems horrible, the chances of this happening are not as high as you might think. Still I know you want to be careful and protect your dogs health and I will help you with that.
What You Should Know about About Heartworms in Dogs
I've learned a lot about heartworm in dogs since then. The life cycle of heartworm, prevention (both toxic and non-toxic), and just when it can be dangerous or life threatening.
Since this page is about the actual treatment, I'll skip the whole life cycle which you can find on my page called Dog Heartworm Medicine.
If your dog has tested positive for heartworm there are things you must ask your vet.
The two tests for heartworm are:
Microfilaria test: This screening test is used to detect the baby
worms (microfilaria) circulating in the bloodstream. This may or may not mean there are adult heartworms. (See life cycle)
Heartworm serology: This type of test checks for proteins in the bloodstream that are produced by the adult heartworms. This test shows there is at least one adult present.
Adult heartworms are more serious and treatment with Immiticide (which I believe is based on arsenic) can also have fatal side effects.
Is your head spinning yet? Okay even though the poison used is really bad for your dog (and not approved for humans or cats) it has another side effect. The dead worms getting carried away in the blood stream block the blood vessels and cause death.
Natural Heartworm Treatment
Now that I've told you all this depressing stuff, you have an idea of the fear I went through when my Isaac went through treatment. I felt awful as I watched him lie still for days after his treatment. And most of all, I want you to know there is a better way.
By using the right herbs as a natural heartworm treatment, we can not only kill the heartworm but help his body break down the deceased parasites in a natural way so they do not become lodged. Let's call it the Kill'em-and-clean'em-up Plan
Note that after much research, I am brand specific. (See Why NSP)
And now you know a natural heartworm treatment for your dog. If you chose to go this route there are four things to do: