Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Black Walnut Extract
- Black Walnut Hull
- Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
- Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
- Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
- Heartworm Medication Advice
- Heartworm Medication Side Effects
- Heartworm Prevention Tips
- Heartworm Treatment
- Hulda Clark's Remedies
- Podophyllum Peltatum
- Post Heartworm
- Remedies Needed
Heartworm is a parasitic infection of the heart and arteries near the lungs caused when mosquito bites transfer the larvae of a parasitic roundworm into your dog or cat. Maturation of the infecting roundworms takes about six months but they can lie dormant even longer.
In the US, heartworm infection is most common in the Southeastern states and along the Mississippi Valley. Symptoms of heartworm can be mild to non-existent but may include general lethargy and a persistent cough. Treatment is difficult in dogs and generally thought to be unsuccessful in cats, so heartworm prevention is important.
Natural Pet Cures: While heartworm is a very serious condition that should be diagnosed first by your veterinarian, the hull or extract of black walnuts seems to offer a natural alternative to commercial heartworm treatments.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
03/12/2013: Linda from Springfield, Massachusetts: "Artemisia Combination may have cured my dog's heartworm! I looked online for a natural heartguard alternative and I read about this supplement. I was so happy when my dog had a negative heartworm test!"
Black Walnut Extract
[YEA] 08/22/2007: Nancin from Sheridan, United States: "By chance, I did use Black Walnut extract and he appears to be much better; but not back in weight. I'm pretty sure he has heartworm; or had heartworm and is still recovering. Don't know. I was hoping someone would know the dosage and kind of arsenic that the vets give the heartworm affected dogs. As had a dog once that we did take to the vet for treatment of heartworm and he told us that they use arsenic. But don't know where to get it and what dosage. And where does it occur in nature? I can only assume that arsenic is found in nature. Does anyone know these answers? If so, please contact me through my email address. Thanks,"Replies
[WARNING!] 05/29/2011: Missinformation from Bernie, Mo replies: "Two things I wish to say about the original inquiry and the following replies.
One, something that was never mentioned but should be, make sure that you are using purchased black walnut products NEVER use or feed an animal, especially dogs or horses, black walnuts. The walnut itself is fine but they tend to easily and quickly develop a mold that is toxic.
Second, as to the use of garlic, I feel the best way to provide this is actually in a product developed for pets called Brewer's yeast. You can even get this product at Walmart, although I find the ones sold by most pet stores tend to be a bit better quality. Brewer's yeast not only has the garlic to help with the fleas it has a lot of other products that help with worms, coats, digestion, teeth, etc. Pretty much the entire system. It can be used with both cats and dogs."
09/03/2012: Charlena from Brent, Al replies: "I'm back on the forum, still trying to help my dog that has heartworms. After reading your post, something dawned on me. I've used garlic about 6 - 8 weeks now, and used black walnut/wormwood mixture a few days at a time too. My dog seemed better but started coughing again and it just won't stop. When you asked about arsenic, a light went on :) I remebered also giving my dog BITTER apricot kernels for a few days. She was much better, not coughing at all. In fact I slipped and didn't keep giving the garlic everyday. When she started coughing again I gave ger garlic twice daily plus the black walnut. Ten days later, she is still coughing. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working. I've started her back on the apricot kernels because they contain arsenic and I believe that was what helped her so much last month. I bought Apricot Power kernels, they are very bitter and my dog loves them. She weighs 20lbs so I give her 3 kernels daily. I feel its a safe natural arsenic.
p.s. Swanson apricot kernels are sweet, not bitter. I used those for other purposes but you need BITTER kernels for heartworms, cancer etc. Hope this helps someone and thank you for reminding me about the arsenic."
01/12/2013: Brenda from Adelanto, Ca replies: "There is one product out there that has all the ingredients in one that kills heartworm and it is called VRM2-sm. made by Bio Challenge. They do not sell directly to the public so you have to go to your local health store and see if they have or will order for you. There is also a site northstarchiropractic.com you can order from for 24.00 a bottle. You only have to give for 10 DAYS ONLY. For a sm dog under 10lbs a half cap./over 10lb. To aprox 35 to 40 1 cap/ and larger dogs up to 2 caps a day. FOR ONLY 10 DAYS. I do not sell for this company, I was lucky to find this product when I was looking to cure heartworm in a dog I rescued with stage 4 heartworm. I since then was able to help others. You can e-mail me if you have any other questions on how to use this product. bempierre[at] aol [dot] com."
02/19/2013: Bemperre from Adelanto, Ca replies: "I need to add when using VRM2 that you don't feed red meat cooked or uncooked as it will absorb the product and it will be less effective. I fed only cooked chicken in a lamb and rice dog food moistened because of my dog not having any teeth. I did not feed any treats or people food. Hope this helps for those who may not have been able to cure in the 10 days. You can run this product for 2 to 4 cycles if necessary of 10 days on 5 days off and repeat. Hope this helps."
04/19/2013: Bempierre from Adelanto, California Usa replies: "Here is what I have made up since I followed enough people to see the different scenarios and what I have learned since I cured my rescue dog of 5 yrs ago.
What you should know about VRM2?.
1) do not feed any red meat (absorbs the product) while you are treating with VRM2 (chicken is ok)
2) If your dog is on any medications from the Vet..... VRM2 may not work as well (you may want to wait till the Vet meds are done or weaned off)
3) Do VRM2 for 14 days straight ( I changed from the 10 days because in some cases the dog may have a cough here or there) VRM2 is all natural and it won't hurt them so 14 days is fine.
4) try to use a heart support along with the VRM2. (either one recommended for dogs from a HEALTH STORE or you can give Q10 and garlic (one gel or capsule of each daily)
5) Open up the VRM2 capsule and mix the contents in a small amount of food so you know they are getting it all. (discard the gel cap.) It will digest better if taken out of the capsule.
6) you do not have to restrict your dogs from normal behavior, but do not go out and over exercise them during their treatment and for a week or two or more after."
Black Walnut Hull
[YEA] 08/11/2006: Mary from Magnolia, TX: "My Rottweiller was diagnosed with canine leukemia 2 1/2 years ago. Atthat time they gave her 6 months to live. We gave her 1 treatment of Chemoand steroids at Texas A&M University. After that I decided I would neverdo that again. I went online and started searching for anything that couldhelp her. Through a combination of natural treatments she is still alivetoday and feeling better than she did before she was diagnosed. At thetime of her diagnosis I took her off all poisons including heart wormpreventatives and annual shots. She hasn't had a blood test in over a yearnow, I don't see that it is necessary. A while back I noticed she wasgetting lethargic and pale in her mouth. That is when I put her on BlackWalnut Hull for heartworms (she also gets Kelp). I noticed almostimmediately that her color was better and she stopped coughing andbreathing hard when she moved around too much. I do notice that if shegets too much it does upset her stomach. I would like more information onthis treatment if you could supply it. Meg turned 11 last month and shestill chases the squirrels in our yard. She's not as fast as she used tobe but she's good for short bursts. I would not race her! Thanks,"Replies
Rhonda from Castleberry, AL replies: "I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM MARY, HOW SHE TREATED HER DOG FOR HEARTWORMS WITH THE BLACK WALNUT...WE HAVE A MALE AND A FEMALE COLLIE BOTH AGE 9 THAT HAS HEARTWORMS, WE CHOSE NOT TO TREAT THEM AT THE VETS, BUT WE WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW MUCH HOW OFTEN AND WHERE TO FIND THE BLACK WALNUT...PLEASE ADVISE...THANKS,,"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Mary: Yes, back walnut hull can be used to treat heart worm. It is interesting to mentioned black walnut hulls as a way to treat heart worm. It has a long history in Asians for treating internal intestinal worms and tape worm. It is also used to externally ring worm.
The active component I guess comes from the chemical component called, juglone, which chemically is C10H6O3, or 5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthalenedione Other names 5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone. For me it sounds like treating a chemically close relative called naphthalene, which is moth balls. Of course, my general feeling is that if this is used, a relatively tiny amounts is needed to treat such parasites. I haven't yet gotten around to determining the dosages for it, but it also has potentials.
Juglone, which is active natural insecticide from Black Walnut Hull is interesting chemically as it is used also by the industry as a food coloring and cosmetic coloring in the color of Natural brown color 7, and can go in many names such as Juglon, Walnut extract, Juglane, Nucin, Regianin, or 1,4-naphthoquinone. So it is possible that brown food coloring can also be used as a way to kill ringworms.
I couldn't prove it yet whether giving dogs, with a 1/4 teaspoon of borax per liter of water can kill ringworms as this is what I used to do to prevent parasites and avoid the veterinarians.
I avoided vets where I live because everytime they treat my dog, they all die. Whether it works or not you can tell. It doesn't take long to notice an improvement, usually 1-3 days at the most. However, I never had problems using it and only use if I suspect that my dog has parasites. Sometimes it is difficult to prove, since a dog can't talk. Therefore, insecticidal poisoning (usually from using commercial grade dog shampoo that kills fleas) is the major cause. To detoxify my dog, I used vinegar poured all over the dog, the dog will lick it off, vomits a little bit, and it is better.
I also hear that wormwood can also possibly be used to treat heart worm, but of course the information I received I did not witnessed them myself. Traditionally cedarwood oil is also used as a safe insecticide and can be used as a way to treat similar conditions for internal parasites. The only way to know it works or not is to try it out. However, black walnut hull is quite powerful and can be used as an insect repellent for fleas, mites, and possibly if mixed in sufficient amount can be used to treat mange, but will take more time.
The reason I don't try black walnut hull is availability, so I just went for more simpler methods such as the used of borax as it is easier to find. For some reason my dogs seem to like eating the borax precipitate if I accidentally drop it. Of course it only took a liking whenever he is sick. I guess dog's instinct is also a factor.
There is also a possibility of using natural insecticide against heart worm is the use of pyrethrin, which comes from Pyrethrum Daisy, Dalmation Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium) which can kill the insect but might be able to be used safely on dogs.
As a way to treat dog's cancer, I think black walnut hull can do it also, as it also have some anticancer component, from the iodine, and the tannins. Of course, I would also like to add baking soda to my dog now and then (with some citric acid) as a way to stabilize the dog's pH. I have read that cows way past their age, can yet produce calves, if the cow's drinking water is rich in bicarbonates and magnesium. So as a result of this observation, I guess this might be one way of treating a dog's cancer. "
08/09/2010: Michael from Arlington, Texas replies: "My dog, an 8 year old female boxer/chow mix was just tested positive for heartworms and I would like to know what I should give her and how much and where I can get it. She is 55lbs. Any help please!!!"
Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
03/27/2012: Lisa from Tulia, Tx, Usa : "My cocker spaniel has recently be diagnosed with heartworms. I am in the third week of giving him garlic, 10 drops of Sweet Wormwood, and 10 drops of Black Walnut twice daily on an empty stomach. My questions are: Will he continue to cough through out the time I am giving him this medicine? If so, is there something I can give him to help the cough? How quickly do the worms begin to die after I start this medicine? and, Should I try to keep him calm and quiet as much as I can through out this time?"Replies
10/23/2012: Nancy from Angola, Ind. replies: "I would like some information in treating heartworm with Black Walnut, Garlic and wormwood. My black lab is about 65 lbs. And she has had this for about a year, but only coughs occasionally at this time. I would like to know if only giving her garlic would help. She had a blood clot or a chunk of the worm hit her lungs about a month ago and it just about done her in, but with some rest she is doing better."
04/15/2011: Carmen from Naperville, Illinois: "My 2 year old rescue, Tucker has been diagnosed with heatworm. I left the vets office in tears not only because of the protocol she was advising. One month of expensive anitbiotics with all the side effects, (then painful intermuscular shots with poisonous pesticides/medicine) directly into the chest with an overnight stay in the hospital, absolute quiet bedrest at home (how do you keep an active, normal dog quiet all day every day for a month?) with a repeat in 4 weeks, and then, of course there was the cost!! (about 900.00 for whole protocol)--provided there were no complications.
I have been reading everyone's comments on the miracles of BWH, Wormwood & garlic and am ready to try this. My questions are: do you have to keep the dog quiet on bedrest for weeks at a time during this protocol? I also see that Dr. Hulda Clark's (I studied her classes when I was in Nutrition school in NY) protocol suggests gradually adding the BWH tincture and then wormwood, then the cloves in week intervals. If I purchase the combined tincture does it change the outcome or is the procedure any different?
I was always told that adding garlic to a dog's diet would kill them. Most vets in my area do not practice holistically and would much rather prescribe expensive and dangerous medicines. So I am going this alone. Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated. Please post or send any info you wish to share with a subject matter of Heartworm to laseverino(at)hotmail.com This is a wonderful site, you helped put my heart as ease for the first time in days...
07/26/2011: Tom from Charlotte, Mi replies: "The fact that along with the Black Walnut and Garlic, she was also treating the dog with heart worm preventative. My vet told me that heart worm preventative kills the babies, but not the adult heartworms. So ater two years the adult heartworms will mostly die of old age. If the dog survives all the baby heartworms dying (which shocks the dogs system) and the dog survives three months, then it is likely it will survive the two/three years it takes for the adults to die. But the treatment needs to continue until the adults all die. In actuality, heart worm preventative is recomended for the entire life of the dog. So I'm not sure if the cure could be attributed to the Back Walnut and Garlic.
[YEA] 07/22/2007: Kelli : "My black Lab was found on the highway in February, 2005. She was estimated at 1 1/2 years old, only 45lbs., and so sick with heartworm, the vet suggested I put her down because she could not take the medical treatment. I took her home and treated her with herbs. Last week she weighed a normal and healthy 76 lbs. and tested heartworm negative!!! I started her on the monthly heartworm preventative medication. She has been given 1 or 2 cloves of raw garlic with her evening meal daily, with a one week break every three months. I gradually introduced wormwood and black walnut tinctures into this meal, from a few drops to twenty of each, with a one month break every three months. Her activity level has been kept low with lots of rest. Her feed is lamb and rice dry kibble. She likes organic carrots and apples for treats. After one year, she had regained her normal weight and tested "light-positive" for heartworm. Now, after a second year of treatment, she tested heartworm negative! My vet is amazed! We celebrated with a two mile hike and a long swim."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Thank your for the feedback on the use of garlic, wormwood and black walnut tincture remedy to treat the heartworm!
Traditionally both black walnut tinctures and artemisia (wormwood) are generally used together for parasites and heartworm in the dog. However other people have lately, added garlic (which repels mosquitoes) or added capsicum (cayenne peppers), ginger and/or hawthorne berries. As for me I give my dog a small amount of borax as a preventive, but yours is the first I heard on getting rid of heartworm! "
11/24/2008: Michelle from WestPalm Beach, Florida replies: "My dog Bella was diagnosed with heartworms back in June. We adopted her in March and from what I understand it takes about 6 months for heartworms to develop. The vet said she must have gotten them around February since the test came back medium positive, meaning the heartworms were there but not so intense yet. So since we couldn't afford her treatment we haev been doing research on other options, and then I came across this site adn bingo finally found a treatment worth trying. I am following the Black Walnut,and wormwood treatment. I bought the drops from a health food store and follwed the directions on the bottle. My dog is 80/85 lbs so I followed human directions. Smaller dogs I am sure will need less. I did read a book on these ingredients and this is the same treatment to rid worms in humans as well when combined of course. So I started a week ago and I will continue for about a month and then I will take her in for a retest to check status. Here is the treatment I am giving her:
Black Walnut Hull - 30 drops (or one dropper full)
Wormwood - 20-25 drops (almost a dropper full)
I tried puting it in her food but I have a smaller dog that eats out of her bowl so I stopped doing that just in case if it was too much for my little one. I tried putting it in her mouth but that didn't go so well, so now I take a piece of bread and put the drops on the bread and fold it in half and either put a slice of cheese in it or I spread some peanut butter since she loves that. She takes it twice a day.
I decided not to do the garlic thing quite yet I will see after the check up.
As a side note Bella did get horrible gas with in twenty four hours of starting this remedy. It subsided but is still there. Goodluck and may God Bless!
Do your research and ask lots of questions."
11/29/2009: Lisa from Lewisville, Tx replies: "I am glad I came across this web page. I rescued a Shi Tzu from the shelter and I am sure she has heartworms because she is throwing up. I feed her Chicken Soup dog food, so I don't think its the food. She has been with me for about a month now. I am going to get the black walnut and wormwood and give it a try. I am sure it will work. Vets fees have gone so high now. I have 4 dogs. And I have to agree with one of the writers, they end up killing them!! Will keep you posted on my results.
12/07/2009: Patricia from Morris, Al replies: "I do not have a remedy, what I have is 3 heartworm positive dogs, one that has been sick. I have been researching natural herbs to use to treat the heartworm and am very glad I came across this site. I have been looking at buying a treatment called hwt. It is a combination of herbs that you give to your dog, it does include wormwood, garlic, and cloves. There is other stuff as well. I am very interested in hearing more from Kelli and how much of each herb she used. I have heard that black walnut can be toxic if you give your dog too much. Could you say again how much you gave in the beginning of each, when you added more, and for how long you gave it. My vet wants almost 500. for the treatment plus wants to do all kinds of test first, that is just for the dog that is sick, it is about 1800 for all."
12/31/2009: Calendula from Mitchell, Georgia replies: "I used to work with a naturopath, and she swore by wormwood for any parasitic condition in both humans and animals. I have never tried it myself, but I have a lab/boxer mix, who has become very ill and is having seizures. I read that seizures can be caused by heartworm, as well as other problems. I have narrowed the list down and feel the wormwood/black walnut is my best option. I also agree about animals dying at the vet. It seems I go home with a huge bill and no animal and that is very sad! Plus the animals are so scared being left there. I would rather treat them at home."
04/01/2010: Christel from Nolanville, Tx, United States replies: "I am currently following a regimen by Hulda Clark. Besides Black Walnut Hull and woodworm it also includes cloves. Black walnut and woodworm kill the adult worms, and cloves kill off the larvae and eggs. She says that they all must be used together in order to work efficiently. Makes sense. Just like with fleas, the real problem is not the adult flea but the various stages they go through before they become adults. I am only in my 3rd week with my dogs, but I am already seeing improvement with some of the secondary problems my dogs have been having. Various sites have the regimen listed, just google Hulda Clark pet parasite cleanse and you will find it. I posted the regimen here, maybe a search for Hulda Clark will get you to it here as well."
04/05/2010: Nikki from Springfield, Missouri replies: "I have just recently started my dog on the black walnut/woodworm regime. How soon should I start seeing signs of it working? Since I couldnt find a dosage amount anywhere I've been giving one dropperful of each a day plus 2 garlic pills. Is this an accurate dosage? Please advise."
Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
[YEA] 03/02/2012: Tina from Kissimmee, Florida: "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this page for all the info. Posted. I have a Pitbull and was diagnosed with advanced heartworms. The vet wanted to put him on the arsenic treatment but I could not afford it, he also offered to put him down but I decided to give the black walnut and wormwood a try and its been two months now and he is doing great. My husband and I have been giving him a combination of the BW, the WW and Dandelion plus Vitamin B12, parsley water and since his platelets were very low we have been giving him raw eggs with honey and thank God he is doing awesome. I will keep him on this treatment for another month and then retest him and see what happens. I will keep everyone posted. Thank you again for all the feedback. Ps: we also give him raw garlic every day."Replies
03/22/2012: Kaitlyn from Naperville, Il replies: "Tina, we just adopted a 6 to 10 month old pup whom I know has roundworms and I am pretty sure has heartworm. If his test comes back positive, I'd love to know the amount your giving your dog of each of the ingredients listed, and how often you're doing it (once a day, twice a day, etc. ). I hope your pup's test results come back favorably!! Thanks so much!"
07/16/2012: Sue from Danbry, Ct replies: "Tina, Can you please help me. We just found out last weekend my dog has heartworm. He is 6yrs old and has been with us for all his life. I can't afford the treatment my vet has offer us plus they only give us a 50/50 chance of him actually making alive. I just can't give up. I need to try something. Please tell me what I should get and do to save my dog. Thanks, Sue"
07/18/2012: Bempierre from Adelanto, Ca replies: "I thought I should share what I learned when I lived in San Antonio texas for almost 3 years and rescued a old, sick, extremely under weight chihuahua. I noticed right away that she couldn't take but a few steps and would go into a coughing frenzy. I took her to a free animal clinic and sure enough she was in the later stages of heartworm. They said because of her age they could not do the heartworm treatment injections (arsenic) because her heart would not beable to take it and she would die. It broke my heart as she was lifeless and suffering. I was told to just take her home and she did have a long life and was with someone now who cared for her. I got on the net and searched for natural remedies. I too came across plenty of remedies, but didn't like to purchase on the web so I went to my local health food store. I bought a product called VRM2 made by their systemic formulas. I also purchased a heart support product to give her because of her age. The store employee directed me to give her a half of a capsule of each (because of her weight) for 10 days. I mixed this in a small amount of her wet food as prescribed. This kills all parasites and I never gave her any other wormers or anything else. She is still alive and kicking today almost 5 years later. She had almost immediate results. She is hard of hearing and doesn't see well because of her age, but she jumps up runs and barks with the rest of my dogs. No coughing whatsoever. I have done the treatment once again months down the road because I wanted to be sure and really couldn't believe that this was that simple to cure. If I still lived in the south I would never use heartworm preventatives again. I would just treat all my dogs once or twice a year with this. I believe that much in this product and it is all natural. I hope this helps anyone that needs help now and doesn't know what to do. P. S your dog does not have to be restricted to exersise either because this is a natural product and kills the worm slowly."
07/18/2012: Bempierre from Adelanto, Ca replies: "I wanted to add that VRM2 ingredients are as follows:
black walnut (leaves), Kamala (whole), Quassia chips (bark), Bromelain Enzyme, Bethylnut, and wormwood (whole).
Don't follow the directions on the bottle because it was designed for humans. I gave for 10 days with heart support (capsule) for this dog. You can do again months down the road if you want. I had a lot left from 1 bottle so I did my other dogs later to kill any parasites that they may have contracted. Hope this helps, because it worked a miracle for this dog.
Also since I returned to California I have not given any heartworm preventatives to any of my dogs or have I ever had to here. I had them checked when I moved to San Antonio (the ones I took with me) and they came up negative."
07/23/2012: Dee from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi Bempierre, can you give more details on how much you gave of that VRM2 for your dog (it's a tiny one, right?) And what is the name of the heart support product? Is it also natural?"
07/31/2012: Brenda from Adelanto, Ca Usa replies: "Hi, To answer on the amount of VRM2 I used was 1/2 capsule once a day mixed into a small amount of wet food. (chicken, meat slices, or anything like that even a little bit of can dog food will do even though I don't like to feed can) The heart support was in capsule form too and I gave her half a cap per day. I no longer have any left, but any heart support in capsule form will do also at the health store. She is aprox 7 lbs. And I think a half cap would be good for up to 20 lbs. If you are unsure and you dog is 15 lbs to 35lbs I would give 3/4 of a cap. After that I would give 1 cap. Hope this helps.. If you have any other questions please email me @ bempierre(at)aol.com"
07/31/2012: Bempierre from Adelanto, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Dee, I used 1/2/capsule on my dog for 10 days and she is 7 lbs. I think 1/2 cap would be fine for up to 30-35 lbs. The heart support is also in capsule form and I used 1/2 capsule. It would be the same doses as the VRM2. I don't have the bottle of heart support any more, but any heart support in cap form at any health store will work. Hope this helps."
05/16/2013: Ari from Willemstad, Curacao. Caribbean replies: "hi, I suspect our dogs might have heartworm. Need to have it tested before I start treatment. One of the dogs had a severe reaction to Ivermectin so that's a big no no!! Reading the terrible side effects of arsenic, that's a no no as well. I would like to try the VRM2; our dogs range between 20 and 30 kg. What would be the dose?? As heart support we already give them ground flaxseed; heaped teaspoon daily and of course a heaped teaspoon of minced garlic."
Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
[QUESTION] 10/20/2010: Pamiespets from San Antonio, Tx, United States: "Hi. My 18 yr old dachshund Rufus was recently diagnosed with heart and kidney failure. The vet kept him for 2 days ($1000), sent him home on 2 heart meds, diuretic and antibiotic. He continued getting worse and began having seizures, so I stopped the meds. Not surprisingly, he began to get better. He eats, drinks water, barks occasionally at passerbys, and greets me with a big kiss. He's not the energetic little dog he was a few months ago, but at least he doesn't act like he's about to die anymore. His breathing has returned to fairly normal, but he sleeps most of the time. When he goes outside for a short time, he's a little bit out of breath due to his heart failure, but then his breathing quickly returns to normal after he lays back down. He wags his tail alot and doesn't seem to be in any pain. Main problem now is water retention around his middle which makes him uncomfortable. He's never been overweight, but now looks like he swallowed a watermelon. I began giving him diuretics again, and that has helped... But not enough. He's so bloated it's difficult for him to get around. What else can I do? I'd prefer something natural. Would dandelion root tincture or powder be okay with his condition?
I also read where some of your readers have used the black walnut hull/wormwood tincture and garlic for the heartworms. Is that okay if his kidneys are failing?
Lastly, he has partly runny stools, partly mush. What type of fiber should I add to help make the stools firmer, but not too hard, since his tummy is so swollen?
I'd appreciate any help. I've been rescuing animals for over 40 years, and have pretty much stopped going to vets. Never seems to help. I'd really like to get a handle on this heartworm thing. I have all my other dogs on garlic, but they are younger and have shown no signs of heart problems. I'd like to "nip it in the bud" before the severe symptoms show up as they have in Rufus. Thanks again for anything that will help."
01/10/2011: Maria from Houston, Tx Usa replies: "Hi! My Johnnie is a 4-yr-old chinese pug. He was diagnosed last 1/8/11 with heart failure, fluid retention in the abdomen due to heartworm. Vet bills are so expensive. I would like for him to live more, the vet talked to me about euthanasia, I insisted for him to go home with medications. He is on furosemide and cipro. His belly is getting bigger everyday. I need help on how to treat his heartworm. It hurts me everyday to see him suffering with his labored breathing. I have to carry him each time he will urinate because he is so short of breath."
04/06/2011: Sandra from Katy, Texas replies: "Use one black walnut capsule, they sell it on the organic and vitamin stores. Depends on weight, you can use the half, for 35 or more use one capsule , for less open the capsule, you can spread on a piece of meat or something that the dog can eat easily, used for a week. It is wonderful! You will see the results in a few days. Good luck and God bless for loving the animals."
[YEA] 05/14/2011: Michelle from Bridgeville, De replies: "i open the pill up and place it in my dogs water bowl. Make sure you put enough water in the bowl so it completely dissolves. After our short walk he is ready to come home and have a nice refreshing drink of water. I know how it feels for a vet to tell you that your pet has heartworms and if you dont do it the way they tell you he will die but yet they only tell you they have a 50/50 chance of making it through the chemical treatment. I was told if I didn't do the treatment they wanted he would not live past 30 days. When I mentioned the herbal treatment and I was told they would not see him anymore if I went that way. I am happy to say it is 5 yrs later and he is a happy pitbull. Also he has not returned to the mentioned vets office."
08/22/2011: Jb from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "Check out www.naturalrearing.com for information on all sorts of maladies & treatments, including heartworm. They have all sorts of herbs & homeopathic protocols.
When dealing with anything concerning the heart, don't forget to include CQ10 & Hawthorne (Flora is a good brand). These are good for any dog, strengthens heart."
12/28/2011: Tracy from Maryville, Tn replies: "I have read this entire string and have only seen one post stating their dog has been cured of heartworms by this treatment. I too just learned of my 2YO boxer is heartworm positive. Like the rest of you I don't accept or face that I have to give her this horrible vet recommended treatment.
***I just want to hear more people say this treatment works***
Please post any results you've had."
[YEA] 01/10/2012: Trudy from Lacombe, La replies: "I used the black walnut and wormwood on my pitbull and he seemes to be better my vet said he would only make it 3 to 5 months and that was 9 months ago I have not taken him back to be retested yet I am not going back to the same vet because I don't trust him to be honest since I used a home remedy that he said would not work... I am not saying that it did work because I don't know for sure all I do know is he is acting like his normal self again and eating good and picked up his weight."
04/06/2012: Harry from Lacombe, La. Usa replies: "Small world Trudy. I also live in Lacombe, La. You probably have seen me riding my three dogs around in an old blue pickemup truck. I just give my dogs garlic. I buy it at WallyWorld in a jar. All my dogs have lived long lives. I also eat plenty of garlic and I have no worms, fleas or girlfriends. (could it be the garlic?) STM (smiling to myself) Take care."
06/16/2012: Doglover from Coffs Harbour, Australia replies: "Because my Maltese x has a bladder tumor it has become imperitive to rid him of parasites all of them. So I'll be using Dr. Clarke's protocol, just Google CURE FOR EVERY CANCER. Secondly I had to put him on a strict diet of raw grass fed meat (ground) with a steamed mash of carrots, celery, brocolli, brussels sprouts, apples, cauliflower & 4 cloves of garlic, he has the same vegies with organic cooked chicken for the night meal. Please EVERYONE read PET FOODS EXPOSED it might help with a lot of problems we face with sick dogs. Along with the diet he has a capsule of BETAGLUCAN in little warm milk of a morning & DHA from BioCueticals, our animals do not get enough Omega 3s. Be careful of any fish oil, lots of heavy metals. Also he is on medicinal mushrooms (K9Immunity) to boost the immune system. I hope this might help someone, it has certainly helped my, Andy should be on his last breath by now, but thank the Lord he's still himself, no weight loss or drop in energy. Now when I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen, my husband thinks it's for him but it's for the dog."
[YEA] 05/09/2009: Melissa from Dallas, Texas: "I have a 5 yr. old standard Jack Russell (Oliver) who weighs 25-lbs (not over weight-standards are bigger) that came to me 2 yrs ago when he needed a new home. He seemed in perfect health though he had not been to a vet for shots in a couple of years; he had fleas, and had chewed out patches of hair (til he was bleeding) because he itched so badly. I read up on the breed and learned that pink skinned dogs tend to have sensitive skin and can sometimes develop other issues due to being allergic to flea bites,foods etc... I was fortunate enough to run across your website - a definite favorite! We put him on a high quality diet, gave him 1 odorless garlic cap every morning,and I squeeze 1/2 of a fish oil capsule on his food at night.
I Gave him 1 childs BENEDRYL gel-cap to help w/the itching Morning & night (Afternoon if I was home).
I bathed him once w/ flea shampoo, waited 2 days then began bathing every other day w/ a NEEM OIL shampoo until fleas were gone and skin was clearly healing -now we bathe 1x per week or everyother week as needed. His skin is healthy, and coat thick and shiny -I do also use a monthly flea treatment (Hartz Ultra Plus -4 in 1) since Texas has a major flea problem. I figured he likely had worms since he had been virtually ignored outside, and treated w/ BLACK WALNUT/WORMWOOD COMPLEX tincture ( NOW-orange lable) under 10$ at the health food store. Very bitter taste; I mix 10 drops into 2 Tablespoons of wet dogfood (2X DAILY) and stir into the dry (giving a little less dry so as not to over feed).
We had our first vet visit yesterday, and Oliver is super healthy, and tested heart-worm negative! My vet is NOT too happy about my home remedy for heartworm prevention, but I will continue as I believe it really works - he felt it was ok for worm treatment in general but not for heartworms, said he thinks Oliver has just been lucky- I disagree, and told him to research it himself.
*WARNING... combining Garlic w/Fishoil leads to BAD GAS!!!!*#%*^! That is why I recommend not feeding both at the same time (at separate meals) Best of luck to all, and thanks for sharing your info!"
06/07/2009: Randy from Belmont, NC replies: "Thanks for alls input my 85 pound 1/2 rotty 1/2 timber 10 1/2 years was just diagnosed with heartworms vet put him on prednisose and a blood pressure reducer nothing for the heartworms thanks to all of your input he is now on 15 drops each of black walnut hull extract and woodworm (HERBALS) twice daily i will keep all posted I really hope this works"
11/09/2009: Lori from Alvin, Tx replies: "Please let me know how the treatment worked for your dog. My lab mix was just diagnosed with heartworms this morning. I plan to try the Black Walnut/Wormwood complex tincture and will let you know when I take him in for a recheck in a few months. Thanks for the input."
12/31/2009: Calendula from Mitchell, Georgia replies: "Hi, Randy from Belmont, NC, I would watch the steroid use. I have one dog, who is a rottie/shep mix, and he has been on/off steroids for several years. I have had no problems with him, but he still has itching problems and hair loss. My other dog is a lab/boxer mix. He has been on the steroids very rarely until recently the vet put him on a continual run to try to clear up a skin allergy issue. He started having seizures after two months. He is having at least one a week, and the vet is not sure why. He is 9 so the vet said it could just be debilitation from old age. I have to think it is related to the steroid use. I did research on the internet and found a site where the doctor said pred steroid use can cause "an increased susceptibility to seizures". I have taken him off the pred and putting him back on the antihistamines. Now, my other dog, who is 8 so almost the same age, has not had these problems. He has taken them much more so possibly it has something to do with the breed. Then again maybe my 9 year old does have another underlying condition, but I have stopped his steroid use nonetheless in hopes his seizures may stop."
01/20/2010: Shasta from Ashland, Louisiana replies: "I am SO glad I came upon this website!! My dog was recently diagnosed with heartworms, and I prefer not to use the vets treatment. I have started him on the black walnut/wormwood/cloves mixture, but not too sure as to how much. He weighs 80 lbs., I read somewhere to give 1 drop of black walnut per 10 lbs. body weight, is this correct? The wormwood and cloves are in capsule form and was suggested to just give a pinch. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)"
08/22/2011: Jb from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "ITCHY SKIN/ALLERGIES
It's most likely the food you are feeding. Could be environmental. My G Shepherd always developes crusty lips, gooey ears & scabs around her neck & rump if I feed her ANY commercial food. Even the "grain free".
When I feed her ONLY raw meat/bones she clears up totally.
Hate this economy that makes me have to resort to the occasional commercial food meal. I can really tell a difference. It upsets both of my Sheps stomachs."
12/08/2009: Matoni from Buffalo, New York: "I recently started using minced fresh garlic on my 6 month old collie for fleas, heartworm. This was recommended by a friend whom is very knowledgeable on animal care. Just use very little (minced) from fresh garlic bulb, 5 times a week. You might want to use an eye drop of Black walnut from a health store to get rid of fleas with the garlic. Hope this helps."
[YEA] 11/01/2008: Donna from La Luz, NM: "I was trimming my Bassett Hound's dewclaws and noticed under his tail, was some worms with "melon seed like pods". I immediately got him a "loaded" hot dog, loaded with 2 garlic capsules. I gave this to my other dog as well. I am not sure what type of parasite he has but he is not longer whining constantly, rubbing his backside on the ground, and the area beneath his tail no longer looks like an expressway. He was very happy and "bouncy" this morning even though he is at least 12 yeaars old. I dispensed another round of "loaded" hot dogs this morning and will repeat on a daily basis. I have 4 horses and give them garlic daily in their grain and their fecal tests come back negative on a 6 month basis. Garlic is a God send!!!"
[YEA] 10/02/2008: Karen from Reading, UK: "I have given garlic to all my dogs and they never have fleas or worms, and live long healthy lives. One Golden Retriever in particular was a real pig and would raid the shopping bags while you were getting the rest in. At one time he consumed 2 loaves of bread in a couple of gulps, another time a pound of sugar! Not to mention a lot of unspeakable stuff he would find in the fields. He had no ill efects and he lived to 17. Dogs usually have pretty strong stomachs! I do feel vets and feed manufacturers have a vested interest in bad mouthing anything natural. Our stable cats never have jabs or wormers and live to ripe old ages. They scrap and get a scratch or an absyss, but this disappears in a day or two on it's own, without sixty quids worth of antibiotics!"
[YEA] 06/03/2008: Diane from Foley, Alabama: "Heartworm Remedies: My female gave birth to 5 beautiful pups and of course she got worms, white ones, we started giving her chopped fresh garlic and within 3 days the worms were gone. The pups are 5 weeks and they have no worms either. Mother nature is very powerful!!"
[YEA] 01/28/2008: carla from houston, texas: "i had a doberman that lived to be about 16 years. one day we took him to the vet and we found out that he had heart worms and they told us the price for what we can do and were blown away. so we started to give him garlic in his food everyday. we took him to the vet about a month later and the heart worms were gone!! we told them what we did and they didnt believe us. about 11 years later he passed away from old age. we now have a min. pincher and we too give him garlic everyday! nasty farts, but no infections! Garlic is proven to fight infections but vets dont want you to know because its so much cheaper to buy garlic."Replies
11/13/2008: Stephen from Housotn, TX replies: "My two year old lab that I acquired at one year has now been tested positive for heartworms. He has had digestive tract hookworms, and whip worms, skin allergies and diarrea leading to weight loss. Once 65 a year ago, down to 53 lbs today. He still has plenty of energy, but ribs, and other bones visible. I have always had him on preventative heartworm medication monthly, and when I first acquired, he tested negative. I'm hoping the garlic will come through. I immediately went to the grocery store and picked up garlic, and gave a 1/2 clove to him tonight. Hoping the the garlic routine works. May take a little for myself. Since IKE, the mosquitos have been out of control."
08/22/2011: Jb from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "I would start using the protocols for BWH/WW if your dog is indeed heartworm positive. Since he has had so many types of worms you may want to do some supplements to beef up his immune system."
Heartworm Medication Advice
[QUESTION] 04/16/2010: Janice from Coloma, Mi: "Heartworm
I'm finally getting my dog well from all of the vacinations and poisons from well meaning vets. I'm currently working with a holistic vet and she thinks my dog is well enough now that I don't need to give her heartworm pills. She is leaving it up to me. Would anyone like to give me some in-put? I know that the heartworm medicine is just giving her more poison."