Last Modified on Jul 25, 2014
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. Heartworm in dogs is most common, but it does affect other pets.
In the US, heartworm infection is most common in the Southeastern states and along the Mississippi Valley. Heartworm symptoms can be mild to non-existent but may include general lethargy and a persistent cough. Heartworm treatment is difficult in dogs and generally thought to be unsuccessful in cats, so heartworm prevention is important.
Natural Pet Cures: While heartworms present 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.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Advanced Heartworm Treatment
- Black Walnut Extract
- Black Walnut Extract, Garlic
- Black Walnut Hull
- Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
- Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
- Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
- Garlic, Coconut Oil, Turmeric
- Heartworm Medication Advice
- Heartworm Medication Side Effects
- Heartworm Prevention Tips
- Heartworm Remedies
- Heartworm Treatment
- Hulda Clark's Remedies
- Podophyllum Peltatum
- Post Heartworm
- Remedies Needed
03/15/2014: Abigail from Austin Tx: "I have never cried so hard in my life then I did today...
My baby (almost 8yr old german shepard mix) had began losing weight but yet still ate and drank her food like normal(in fact was always first to eat but never or has ever been a goobler down my food in one whole sitting kinda of lady).So I thought she had what my other child maribelle had (not enough fluids)I pulled her in a gaver her pedilight and made sure she got fattey foods like raw meat and cooked chicken which did help for a bit.I then noticed that her stomach began to buldge wich bothered me alot.(keep in mind her personality never changed nor her eating and drinking habbits. She has "alot of spunk considering"-the vet)So I decided that she had to go to the vet ASAP. When I got there the vet said I can tell you right now she's got the classis traits of worms.(which I began to tear up from) Upon further blood test and stool samples I found out my little girl not only had worms but ADVANCED heartworms.(my heart broke! My little baby girl who I raised as a pup was sick and all I could hear the vet tell me was "yes, very serious case..not many make it") He gave her a shot to help her release the fluids that had been building up and me some pills to help continue while we wait till tomorrow to get the result on how much damage the worms have done. So I took her home and decided what I was going to do basically they told me she was going to die and all I could think about was how could I just put down my child! MY baby! (by this time I was a dam wreck and going through the greiving stages like a idiot)but then my sister told me about her husbands friend who's dog had adavance heartworms and he gave him garlic and BOOM no more worms.(which didnt sound crazy I mean garlic and hearts go hand in hand)So I did some research and came across this site via youtube video and knew from other testimonies I could say my baby or sure as hell try! So I'm doing this deworming thang!!
Now I am giving her the pills ( LASIX) to help her relive the fluids(from the vets today).My question is before starting the deqorming proccess does it matter if her liver and stuff is damage?And should I still go to the vet just to have her tummy pumped to get the fluids out and THEN began the deworming treatment?
Also should I still give her Lasix while on her natural treatment or wait till the fuids gone then stop giving lasix and then begin the treatment?
THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH FOR YOU HELP!!!!! Xoxox"Replies
03/16/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Abigail!
I am sorry to hear about your girl being so ill with worms :(
If this were *my* dog I would continue working with the vet to deworm her and get the fluids out.
Because your girl has an advanced case, its important to work closely with your vet; ask your vet about continuing treatment with possible liver or other organ damage. Some folks are not huge fans of Lasix, but it is an effective drug and can make the difference between life and death; if this were a mild case of heartworm it would be reasonable to go the home remedy route all the way, but given the advanced disease condition its totally reasonable to follow your vet's recommendation.
Dogs can and have been successfully treated with advanced cases of heartworm so please do not give up fighting the good fight.
Please report back and let us know how it goes!"
03/16/2014: Lauren from Memphis, Tn replies: "To Abigail from TX, my name is Lauren and I am pretty much in the same position as you. I brought a rescue dog to the vet because it seemed like over night she got bloated. I found out she had severe heartworms and since she wasn't healthy enough to undergo treatment I researched natural remedies to try and help Sadie.
I came upon this site , which about 2 weeks ago. Brenda from CA wrote something that really caught my attention (she has posted in several places here) she rescued a dog and cured him of heartworms by feeding him VRM2-sm made by biochallege. my dog has been on this medicine (which is all natural and mind you SO VERY VERY CHEAP) for 5 days. every day I see small changes. VRM2 is a natural parasite detox that kills small foreign bodies in the blood & tissues. normally you'd see progress in as little as 3 days, but since Sadie was so bad off with heartworm (estimated to be stage 5) it took a little longer. but like I said I'm only on day 5 and her coughing has almost diminished. I know it's working. if I were you, I'd definitely order VRM2-sm from Bio Challenge. if you contact me maybe I can give you a little more information in detail, or feel free to look over all the entires on this site I'm sure you will come across Brenda's posts. if it wasn't for her my dog would be dead right now."
03/16/2014: Lauren from Memphis, Tn replies: "meant to add my email is sharetheworldx at yahoo dot com you can email me if you like. but really anything I could tell you , I was told by Brenda who has posted in this site. she left her email too. I just can really relate to you now since my dog's stomach too had to be drained and they also put her on lasix. my dog was surely going to die before I read Brenda's post on here and now I know my dog has a fighting chance. YOU NEED TO GET VRM2-SM asap! As it takes days to be delivered...you are racing against time right now. every day your dog goes untreated is a day closer to death. I don't mean to scare you but until you get the VRM2-sm made by Bio Challenge I would say you need to at least go to your local natural & organic grocery store like Whole foods and pick up Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood, garlic, Hawthorne berry formulas........black walnut hull is one of the major dewormers in VRM2-sm. it's all natural and without it your dog will just get worse"
03/17/2014: Abigail from Austin Tx replies: "Okay, so I took her back to the vet we got 5.8lb of fluid drained from her she has a uterine infection but they said there was not any damage to the liver kidney or anything like that so we are very happy to here.They gave us a antibiotic which I am going to keep her on along with the lasix but we are going to start the treatment with it as well.I got her worm wood, the black hull nut (dont remember the name right off but I did right the correct name before getting it) Coq10, garlic, and a 2x immune strengthener."
03/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Abigail!
Your dog has a uterine infection too? That is one sick pupper :-(
Is the uterine infection open or closed? I have had some success in treating 'metritis'/open and draining uterine infection with a douche of 50% tincture of iodine and 50% water - the tinct of iodine was available at the drugstore for under 5 bucks. I used a syringe and some aquarium hose to administer. I inserted the aquarium hose up the vulva a couple inches and then gently depressed the plunger. I did this for maybe 3 days in a row and found it to be very effective."
03/18/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga replies: "Hello, I started my dog on VRM2 on Thursday, March 13th. My vet told me he had severe heartworms. So, I wanted a natural treatment, and found this site. I don't know if my dog is getting better or not. He's still panting. I took him a walk this morning, and noticed blood when he was urinating. Could this be of the treatment? He just finished antibiotics on Wednesday, the day before I started the VRM2. How do the worms come out? Can someone help me on this? Thank you!"
03/18/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Denise!
Sorry to hear about your dog's heartworm infection :-(
You treat heartworm by killing the worms in the heart and bloodstream. When the adult worms in the heart die, they break into pieces and they only place they can go is downstream, into the lungs where they eventually get absorbed. What your dog needs at this time is not a morning walk but strict crate rest. No exercise for dogs being treated for heartworm! This treatment is long term - you will NOT see immediate improvement as it takes time for the worms to die off. The blood in the urine could be related to the heartworm but without knowing more its difficult to say - your best bet IMHO is to check back with your vet.
Please read up on heartworm as you continue treating your dog:
Please let us know how it goes! "
03/27/2014: Denise from Monticello replies: "Hi Theresa,
Thanks for the info, didnt know they couldnt take walks! As for the blood in the urine, I never seen anymore after that. He just finished 14 days of VRM2, and going to start another round on Monday or Wednesday for another 14 days. He's still panting, but I now know not to give walks anymore. He only pants when walking, or when it's hot outside, otherwise he sleeps a lot or barks up a storm at times when he wants something. :) He's 14 years old, and has other health issues such as skin yeast infection, which I am naturally trying to treat him for that, and also arthritus. He's a high maintenance dog. I am using turmeric for the pain. I don't want anymore medications, because it only makes his yeast infection worse. He's had this yeast infection for years, and it's been so hard to kill it. Medications don't help. I am praying these natural treatments do something and cure him, so he can be healthy and happy a little while before his time is up to live."
03/27/2014: Suseeq from Sydney Australia replies: "Denise, yeast is hard to kill off completely. My jack russel has been suffering for 9 years. Beside the fresh food diet I have wetting a cloth and rubbing him down with straight Milton but putting a elizabethian collar on him. I also hit his immune system with 1000mg vit c galic capsule, 5mls olive leaf extract, probotic capsule and4teas greek yoghurt per day. I feel at long last we are getting somewhere and we had good night sleeps with no scratching and bloody mess in the morning. May be you can find some help here."
03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Denise!
If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.
Additionally you should consider bathing/dipping your dog in Ted's Anti-Staph/Anti-fungal solution:
You will need:
Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [Buy the brown bottle from the drugstore, which is a 3% solution, and then pour it into a larger jug and then fill up the empty brown bottle twice with purified/non-chlorine water and empty that into the jug and now you have a a big jug full of 1% solution]
Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin.
For treating troubled patches of skin try 50:50 baking soda and borax mixed into 1% hydrogen peroxide until it forms a smooth paste and apply to the area 4x day. Do not scrub this into the affected skin, rather smooth it on.
These topical remedies plus changing his PH internally with the baking soda water should bring your boy relief."
03/28/2014: Denise from Monticello replies: "Hi Suseeq, thanks for sharing with me what you are doing with your dog. Is the capsules you are giving him garlic and vitamin C in one? Right now, I recently started him on probiotic acidophilus, hoping this will help. Also giving him pure virgin, organic coconut oil. I heard it kills the yeast. I am giving him a TBS of that daily.
Theresa, thank you once again for the help on the yeast. Where do you get Botox from? I want to try this recipe on him, especially after I bathe him. :)
I Just noticed today he's getting some white discharge in his eyes again, which the vet constantly puts him on antibiotics for it, and it comes back within 3 weeks. Is there something else I can use for the eyes? Today I used some visine and wiped his eyes after that white film went down at the corner or bottom of his eyes. He seems ok for now, but wondering if there's anything else I can try. Thanks so much for all the help on here. It gets very discouraging at times, when you have a high maintenance dog, and seems he will never get better. :)"
03/28/2014: Suseeq from Sydney, Australia replies: "I give my dog tablets vit c and capsule of garlic . I forgot to mention I also make my own shampoo and wash him 3 times a week . the shampoo is 1 cup hand bacterial soap, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 coconut oil, and it doesn't dry his coat. in fact he come up like glass, I leave it on for ten mins making sure he dosent lick it then rinse. by the way just got up from another night of sleepful bliss."
03/28/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Denise!
The dipping solution uses Borax [not botox! ] that I find in the laundry aisle at the super market. If there is an option to use a scented one, you want the plain one with no additives.
And for the eyes consider a boric acid wash; you may be able to find a boric acid eye wash or eye rinse at your local drug store, but if not you can make your own.
Purchase boric acid powder at your local pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist for "medicinal" boric acid powder. (There is another type, which is used as a bug-killer.)
- 1 level teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder (medicinal quality)
- 1 cup boiling water in a Pyrex or glass measuring cup
- Cotton balls
- Small clean bowl
Boil one cup water and in the glass measure cup add one level teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder; stir until dissolved and allow to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Next pour ¼ cup of the cooled solution into a small clean bowl. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply to affected eye, cleaning away discharge from the eye. Throw used cotton ball away after one use. Repeat using new cotton ball until all the gunk is cleared from the eye. Try to flood the eye with the solution and wipe face with a clean towel. If only one eye is affected you should cleanse both eyes with the solution to prevent the infection from spreading to the unaffected eye. Repeat procedure at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed at night. Eye infections usually take two or three days to resolve themselves using this treatment.
Store unused portions of eyewash in the glass measuring cup - just cover with plastic wrap to keep it sanitary."
03/28/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga replies: "Wow!!! thanks so much for the fast responses, Suseeq and Theresa. And I appreciate the shampoo recipe, Suseeq. I have been using Dr. Bronner peppermint pure Castile soap, and I add tea tree oil in it. I really like your recipe. Antibacterial soap? Any kind will do? And the coconut oil, don't you have to melt it first before adding it in?
Theresa, thank you so much for the recipe for the eyes. I am going to use that ASAP, and this saves me a trip to the vet which is 40 mins away, and saves me from him putting him on antibiotics again, the culprit that's been making him worse. This dog is really keeping me busy!! Lol. Thanks again to both your help! You both have a nice evening, and will keep you posted on his progress. :)"
03/28/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga replies: "BTW, Suseeq, I am happy your dog had another blissful night of sleep!"
03/28/2014: Suseeq from Sydney Australia replies: "Yes Denise, any kind will do. I use camomile as that is supposed to soothing to the skin, but you can use any. Just make sure she doesn't lick herself. I leave my made up shampoo in the sun for alittle while then give it a good shake before I use. I hope this helps you because I know how frustrating this is."
05/18/2014: Allie from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I used the Bandit's Buddies de-worming program for a heartworm positve dog (google) a few years back. it was Black walnut on 5 days off two. Artemesia, CoQ10 an HSII, all from Natures Sunshine, which I used. I assume the brand is not always the main idea. My dogs were already on Garlic/yeast tabs for flea control (has worked for us for years).
Our guy was negative at the next heartworm check about 4 months later. I think one could get a test sooner and see the progress. He handled it all very well. Just after a few days he had more energy and seemed more puppy-like. He was about 9 yrs. old at the time.
I now use a different brand for prevention, it is a tincture of blk walnut and wormwood, 5 days on and two days rest.
My question - what about blk wlanut/wormwood(artemesia) for cats? Anyone use it on cats?"
06/10/2014: Nuala from Texas, US replies: "Thanks for all the suggestions for the heartworm treatments. I'd like to try the VRM2, but I'm not sure how much to use. The suggestion is 1-3 capsules at nighttime. My dog weighs only 9.5 lbs. I guess I could give him just one, but I want to make sure I'm giving him enough. The vet didn't say what stage the heartworm is, but I will not be starting it for 2 weeks as he has a little infection right now and is on antibiotics. Can anyone please give me any suggestions as to how much I should start him out on?
07/24/2014: Wade from Olive Branch, Ms replies: "I have a 2 year old lab just diagnosed. Does this product really work. He is showing no signs yet? And I want to keep it that way!"
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!"Replies
06/07/2013: Equestrian Dog Lover from Ocala, Fl replies: "I too am not a vet, but after researching all I could about heartworms, the process vets use to "deworm" the dogs of heartworms - which is very hard on a dog from what I was reading online, and years of horse farm management where I regularily wormed my horses - I chose a different unconventional method with my own dog. This method used the same "dewormer" medicine called Ivermectin; an oral equine ivermectin paste wormer that one can get easily from any farm supply store or equine "tack" shop. Cost for this oral paste wormer - about $12.00!
My point being: Instead of putting my dog through the trauma of the Arsenic/Ivermectin method and then try to keep the dog confined for 2-3 weeks (with a verty active dog I might add! ), then the thought of possibly killing my dog with this method, and lastly the $3,000.00 expense for this process that might kill my dog - but they would still want their money.... I thought I would try my method first!
Best part it worked!
Not too sure about using this method on smaller dogs as my dog is a larger hunting dog breed. Not too sure about using this method on an older that is clearly showing signs of being severely infected with heartworm. Here is my history & method I used. I bought my dog at 8 weeks old, and she was also only two years old when she tested positive, she had been on the heartworm meds since the Vet said she was old enough to start taking them. I chose to give them to her only April- September when the main mosquito problem existed. She had been heartworm tested once before(the previous Spring) & negative - during her annual exam, & shots. I had used my 6 mo. Of heartworm meds. Over the Spring/Summer & the next Spring when I brought her in for her checkup, shots, and new meds... She came up positive for heartworm. I knew she could not have been infected long enough with heartworm - as she did not show any signs yet. No cough, no tiredness/lethargy, and no bad coat/skin. I even had her retested for heartworm at another vet - that used a different lab from the first vet. She came up positive again. For that reason I chose my method......
Over the years, from seeing the vet "tubeworm" my horses for worms - a process where the vet 1. Places the recommended amount of dewormer & water forming a solution in a clean pail, 2. Places a plastic clear tube up the horses nose, and/or down the throat of the horse into the intestines of the horse. 3. Gets the wormer med. mixture into the belly of the horse. This is done by first getting the liquid wormer from the pail into the horse by starting the syphoning method with the vet's own mouth, then letting the solution/mixture go into horse until the dewormer was in the horse stomach, and pail empty of solution. Several times when one of my horses "acted up" during this process I would see... the vet have a mouthful of this mixture as he syphoned it! His reply: "hasn't killed me yet, and I bet I'll never have worms! " We even did this procedure to foals.
As years went by, the drug companies came out with paste wormers where one could buy a prefilled tube of medicated de-worm paste and "shoot" the paste into the back of the horses open mouth. This was so much easier than taking the life of the vet or oneself in jeopardy while trying to coax the "tube" down the horses throat!
This oral ivermectin equine paste comes in a tube that has weight measurements on it by 100lb increments. I decided to do this early in the AM so that if any adverse reactions occurred, the vet would hopefully be open. My dog weighs about 70lbs. I chose to start out at 100 lbs. - moving the dial to the 100 lb measurement and making sure it was tightly closed for this amount only! (Past experience taught me to double check the dials tightness - from foal worming a couple times the plunger moved passed the designated weight I chose - but I caught it in time. ) I opened her mouth and shot the paste into the back of her mouth, then grabbed her mouth and held it shut so that she could not spit the paste the out, but could swallow and move her tongue around. Once I thought the paste was down her throat, I would examine her mouth to make sure. The first time I carefully watched her for hours to make sure she was OK. She handled it fine. Two weeks later I gave her the oral dog pill she would have taken had she not been positive. Two weeks later - gave her the equine paste -100 lbs again. She handled all this fine. No adverse reactions ever- not even diarrhea! I thought for sure she would have diarrhea as the worms passed out in the poop - but no. We did lightly examine her poop with a stick, and could see small things that could have been worms after we gave her the equine ivermectin. From here, I increased the timing to weekly - but still stayed at the 100 lbs. as to not overpower my dog with medicine. Any worm has a life cycle. Usually Larva, Pupa, Adult. With each having their own time frames for each phase in this cycle. I was trying to disrupt the life cycle. Trying to kill off the heartworms - first the youngest ones, then by having the medicine put weekly in the dogs bloodstream - keeping the med. Levels high at all times in the bloodstream to work on the nervous system of the mid life cycles, and then the oldest life cyles - the adult stage heartworms. This seemed to work! At end of 6 months - went and had her retested. The vet called and said the lab had to rerun the test as it was "inconclusive" and the would rerun the test for free to make sure! I took this as a good sign... That the level of heartworms in the blood had gone down to the level between positive and negative. The test came back positive, so I kept her on the same weekly 100lb. Ivermectin equine paste. Six months later tested again & she came back - negative/no more heartworms. Due to this all clear test - I dropped back to giving her just the dog oral heartworm pill, and 1X per month giving her another mouthful of the oral equine paste - 100 lbs. Last time tested - (6 months later again), she tested negative again. Now I have gone back to strictly the oral dog pill. We will see next time what she tests - this test will be a yearly test though.
Hope this helps anyone going through this difficult decision with their own dog. After doing your research on the de-worming process for heartworms in dogs, and you decide to try another route - an unconventional route. More power to you. It was a huge step for me to take. A route that other vets won't tell you to try as it will get them in trouble with their vet license. I was willing to start slow, and go from there. I got lucky - it worked for me. Will one dog recovering be enough for you to try this method? Only YOU can answer that. With humans - when one gets so sick the family sometimes will make a decision to try another route - the drug companies call it "medical research" and the person or family must sign their life away to not seek any damages towards this company for their medical "research" if the outcome is not what one expects. Again - I am not a vet & I can't guarrantee anything! All I can say it worked on my dog. You will have to decide in your own mind if this is something you want to do - you and only you will be willing to take any of the consequences that may arise with your dog. Do your research online, and then decide."
[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."
08/04/2013: Dl4504 from Ohio replies: "Hello, I have a 2 year old lab mix that was recently diagnosed with heartworms. I purchased VRM2 and would like some advise from those that have used the product on their dogs. I have read through most of the posts but have a few questions:
How many capsules should an 80lb dog have? Is it better to give it morning or night?
Do you give it with food?
My dog is on Sentinel for heartworms and been fine being on it, although I have heard that giving it could be bad for a dog that was heartworm positive. However, the vet said that would have occurred when he first got on it.
Should I stop giving him this and wait a month to start VRM2? He is outside 3/4 the time in his outdoor kennel while I am at work.
I'm worried about doing the vet's plan and it affects on my dog and also trying to contain him as he is very, very active and loves to play."
[YEA] 01/24/2014: Flowers Mom from Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm replies: "I successfully treated my recent rescue, Buddy, using the VRM2 capsules to cure his severe heartworm. He was coughing and wheezing all the time. He's a Rottweiler/Chow mix, so he's a good size dog. I purchased 2 bottles of the capsules and broke open the capsules and put them in his food (chicken or fish, no red meat) for 5 days and then off for 2. That's not the recommended schedule, but that's what suited my schedule for consistency. Anyway, I kept this up until the 2 bottles were gone, and he is completely cured! No more wheezing or coughing, and he has so much more energy and spunk. I also continue to give him one CoQ10 and a garlic tablet everyday, wrapped in some cheese. I also give him an immune strengthener once a day. I hope this helps anyone who is looking for an alternative to the standard heartworm treatments."
[YEA] 08/05/2013: Lynn from Venice, Florida: "I adopted a lab mix with a heavy load of heartworm. He was showing symptoms of advanced heartworm disease (coughing, etc) and was not expected to live. I was determined to heal him and that was the end of it. And heal him I did. I purchased from my local health food store a LIQUID form of antiparasitic herbs: wormwood with black walnut extract, together. At the grocery store I purchased one of the little glass jars of garlic that is already mashed up. (In Ohio Marc's has it cheapest). My boy is about 110 lbs. In each of his 2 daily meals I put 15 drops of the liquid antiparasitic (per bottle instructions) and added approx 1 Tablespoon of the garlic. This is a lot of garlic, by the way. I did this for 2.5 wks. And then omitted the liquid antiparasitic for 2 wks, whilst continuing the garlic. The bottle states that you must take a break from the antiparasitic as it is a strong and serious remedy. Symptoms very slowly began to subside. After 3 or 4 mos I had his heartworm load tested at the vet only to find THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF ANY HEARTWORM. Or it was low enough to not be detected by the testing.
The heartworm "remedy" currently offered by the vets is, in my view, utter NONSENSE. My vote is that no dog should EVER be subjected to this medieval hocum that you must mortgage your home to afford. Common sense indicates that this business of injecting toxic poisons into the dog, then mandating that the dog must be forced into non-movement for months (months! ) is insanity. This treatment needs to be made illegal. Many dogs die from this and the cruelty involved is hard to think about.
It is now 5 yrs. later and my boy is doing great! My advice would be to get the dog off the Sentinel yesterday. It is simply not needed and is not innocuous, but rather, overtly harmful.
I have treated several dogs since then following this natural prescription excepting now I also add Goldenseal. I believe that any antiparasitic natural herb/substance/food can be put into the mix so long as it is palatable to the dog. I have had 100% success with all dogs so far. I do not promise it to heal any dog, but I would be surprised if it didn't.
I would like to add that during this treatment, especially at the beginning, I do pray to my Higher Power asking for the worms to leave my dog and I pray as often as I possibly can."Replies
01/12/2014: Justme from Los Angels, Ca replies: "Are you people insane!!!! ???? Garlic is toxic to dogs!!!!!!!! Toxic!!!!!! You all should have your animals taken away. Oh yeah, "I read it on the internet so it must be true" forget what the vet says, they only went to school for this stuff longer than human doctors what do they know!!!!! Why don't you give them some chocolate too, I heard that cleans their teeth!"
01/13/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Gee, Justme - is it possible are you misinformed and flying off the handle for no good reason!!! ???
And yes, right from the interwebz.......
Myth #1: Garlic is toxic to dogs.
Lately many articles written in response to the pet food recall, have included ingredient warnings for people who are considering a homemade diet. These warnings are regarding foods that are supposedly toxic to dogs. And right there next to chocolate, they list garlic. The truth is, garlic is indeed toxic to dogs — IF YOU FEED 50 CLOVES OF GARLIC IN ONE SITTING! I would imagine garlic would be toxic to anyone if fed in that quantity. Heck, even water can be deadly if you drink too much of it. Obviously no one would ever feed that much garlic to their dog. Truth is, when fed in reasonable amounts, garlic is a fantastic ingredient to a homemade dog food diet. Not only is it a great natural flea repellent, but garlic is also a tremendous antioxidant and detoxifying agent for dogs. For more information on the benefits of garlic, visit http://sojos.com/garlicarticle.html.
03/14/2014: Dianne from Mobile Al replies: "Lynn I read your article and was impressed. 4 week ago we adopted 2 dogs from the human society. One is a male spaniel mix about 30lbs and the other is a female staffordshire bulldog mix. We just had both neutered and spayed. The Vet said they both have heartworms. She isn't to bad yet. But the boy is weak and kinda wobbly. Bought eveeything you mentioned and started both on the garlic and 3 dops of the black walnut woodworm. My question is how long to continue the treatment including the breaks in the drops and garlic cloves 2 times a day. I don't want to over dose them but do want them to have long healthy lives. I do hope you will answer me and maybe give me more advice. Thank you for giving me and others another option to this devastating problem. Dianne"
03/30/2014: Sara from Texaz replies: "How is your dog doing? I'm about to do this treatment on my 10 year old Blue Heeler. Praying it works!"
06/17/2014: Tarika from Killeen replies: "Hello, my dog was just diagnosed with heartworms. I just wanted to see if the treatment of the garlic and wormwood with black walnut extract continues to work. Thanks"
[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!!!"
02/16/2014: Bempierre from Adelanto (former San Antonio Tx) Ca replies: "Dear Justme,
People on this site who are looking for alternative cures are usually a little more open minded and have weighed the the difference between expensive deadly products from the Vet or try a different approach. If it wasn't for this site, I would not have found VRM2 by accident at the health store when I went in to look for blackwalnut, woodworm, etc. from what I read here. I was just lucky that the person at the health store had a product called VRM2 that had everythiing I was looking for in it. I also use garlic and have used garlic on my dogs. Using garlic is not toxic if used properly and will help strengthen the heart. Even though I did not use any garlic while treating with VRM2, I have used it plenty of other times.
Theresa explains this well.
There are still people out there that think that what your Vet and Doctor say is bible. Just raised that way I guess, but Dr.'s have guessed at treatments forever and killed a lot of people and animals in the process. Then they learn from their mistakes. I learned this well when my mother was on hormone therapy that caused her to die from a rare cancer in 1999. You don't see advertisements for that anymore!
If there was not natural cures for heartworm, our wildlife would be dropping off like flies. Especially in the warmer climates like Texas and anywhere where heat and humidity are high for most of the year. Wild animals naturally know what to eat. Also, it was not too long ago that natural medicine was frowned upon as quackery and now people (as a whole) are a little more educated and have the resources to learn and talk about their experences.
Love this site for all the positive people and their valuable information!"
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.
03/18/2014: Dianne Bohannan from , Alabama, replies: "How long would you recommend keeping our dogs on the wormwood and black walnut drops? Today is the 7th day I have given them the drops twice a day. One dogs seems to being doing fine. The other dog is still weak, but seems to be improving. I also have been giving each one a clove of garlic. We adopted both from the humane society 1 months ago. The vet said they both have heartworms. We had the both dogs fixed 3 weeks ago."
[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."
12/01/2013: Samantha Sam from New Iberia, LA 70560 replies: "I'm glad there was a happy ending."
[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."
03/30/2014: Chris from Ft. Myers Florida replies: "I wanted to know the correct doses for my dogs in treating them with the black walnut. Wormwood. Dandelion and the b12 combination. My smallest animal has developed a constant cough that keeps getting worse and I'm pretty sure that he has heartworm. Was hoping that I could fix it with this combo. As we all know how very expensive vet bills can be."
03/31/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Chris!
Its hard to provide any dosage guidelines without knowing the weight of your dog.
Also, it might be worth your while to get a definitive diagnosis; heartworm 'snap' tests are inexpensive and will confirm in minutes if your dog has HW. Since you mention a small dog, I would want to rule out tracheal issues as well."
03/31/2014: John from Davenport, Iowa replies: "What was the end result?"
04/01/2014: Petpeepsnc from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I'm having trouble finding the page that lists the ingredients and doseage. Can anyone reply with the link. I'm new to the site, trying to help a friend treat a cat that she rescued from the local kill shelter. The vet told her to take it home and care for it until it dies...... Would like the doseage for the Blk Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12 & Garlic. Thanks"
04/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Petpeeps!
It is difficult to reply with specific dosages because there are so many different factors at play making advice difficult at best.
There are myriad brands of black walnut, wormwood, and so on, and they come in tinctures and powders and solid capsules and so on. In addition, many posters omit crucial information in their requests such as age, condition of the animal, weight of the animal, that make it difficult if not impossible to provide accurate information.
The best advice I can give is this: read the label on the bottle for dosage information. Many times dosing ivolves going with your gut or its hit/miss untiul you find the dose that works for your particular pet.
Next, google and search for those in a similar situation; you may find that someone with a cat that was HW+ posted about their experiences treating their own cat with the product you wish to use and the information - dosage and all - might be found on a rescue cat forum, for example.
And lastly, you might consider the VRM2 that has been discussed recently; while I have no personal experience with it, the results have been very positive - and the dosage is already worked out."
07/09/2014: Tasha from Al replies: "I have a German shepherd mix w wolf.. He has heartworm.. What kind of garlic and walnut extract.. I need to know where I can get me sum"
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."
[YEA] 07/22/2013: Shr from Del Norte, Ca replies: "Many thanks to all of you on behalf of my 8 yr old beagle! He improved from mid-stage heartworm symptoms about 10 days into the NOW "Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex". At 25 lbs (he had lost 4 lbs in 3 prior months), I gave him 2 droppers with breakfast and the 1 garlic clove with dinner. I tried the 3 weeks on & 1 week off, but he had some lethargy and reduced appetite by the end of that week. So we are back to the every day routine. Now after 2 months of this, he's back to playing, going for walks and sleeping like a middle aged guy! BTW I have him on Nutrisca dry, adding raw vegs each meal plus any occasional cooked chicken or fish I have.
I also want to say when this was at its worst and he was so weak I found that 1/2 organic chicken broth with warm distilled water kept him hydrated & interested."
01/10/2014: Pat from Austin, Tx replies: "Has anyone heard of the supplement called Paragon for treating heartworms? It has black walnut, cloves, wormwood, and more in a tincture and supplement combo available at a health food store - thanks!"
01/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Pat!
Para-gone and Candi-gone both look like great items to have in the tool kit.
That said, I would hesitate to dose Paragone for canine heartworms sans a heatworm test. You want to know before hand if your dog has an infection prior to dosing as a HW+ dog might require a different dosage or dosing schedule."
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!!"Replies
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