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[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."

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."

Garlic, Coconut Oil, Turmeric

03/12/2014: John from Lillian,alabama: "Hi, I have an 11 year old Catahoula/Foxhound mix that I think has heartworms. He started having a short dry cough but still had energy and wanted to play all of the time. Fast forward to two weeks later and the cough has worsened to the point that any activity at all causes a coughing and wheezing fit. I lost my job and don't qualify for any welfare programs whether human or animal and have no relatives or friends that can lend me any money. I saw on here that fresh garlic has been proven to help so I crushed up 2.5 fresh cloves and split it up between three meals. He hasn't shown any improvement, But he hasn't gotten any worse either. But this is the first day that I have given to him. He weighs 75 lbs and is in great shape. He has routinely received fresh vegetables, fruits and chicken in his diet since he was a pup. It breaks my heart to see my little boy in such distress and I am willing to try anything to help him. I plan on keeping the garlic treatment up because I was given a whole bag of fresh cloves and I also give him 1.5 tablespoons of unrefined Coconut oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of Turmeric in every meal. Is there anything else that I can do ? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!"

03/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey John!

Given your financial constraints, the only thing I would try to add would be tincture of Black Walnut and Wormwood -

You describe a sudden onset of symptoms; are you sure its heartworms? You might try locating a rescue or contacting a shelter to see if any funds are available to you for a conclusive diagnosis; heartworm "snap" tests are commonly available and considered very reliable and when purchased in bulk as rescues and shelters often do, are relatively inexpensive [$50.00 or under]."

03/17/2014: Lauren from Memphis replies: "John, your dog most likely has a case of bad heartworms. I have been passionate about this subject ever since my dog got diagnosed about 2 weeks ago. I came across this site, just like you & many others, to find a less expensive alternative. If I were you I would order VRM2-sm from Bio Challenge. It's only $24. My dog is on day 6 and I've already seen a difference. If you read further down you will find other people too who have chosen the VRM2 route and saw major improvements to the point of actually getting a negative heartworm test later down the road! Read further down in this forum and you'll see!!"
03/26/2014: John from Lillian, Alabama replies: "Thank You for the information! I just ordered the VRM2 and will give it to him as soon as it gets here. But how much do I give him? He weighs 75 lbs. Should I just sprinkle it in his food, Or give him a whole pill?"
04/10/2014: Denise from Monticello, Ga replies: "John, I am treating my golden retriever now as well on VRM2. For a dog that size, give him 3 pills and sprinkle on cooked vegetables or a little chicken. my dog loves green beans, so I give him some with a little of the juice in the can, and sprinkle it on it and he eats it up. Just make sure you don't use red meat. Hope he's doing fine. :)"

Heartworm Medication Advice

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."

Heartworm Medication Side Effects

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[SIDE EFFECTS]  09/14/2008: Marion Outten from Dothan, Alabama: "My chocolate lab was a rescue dog. I took her to the vet for spaying and various shots and pills.A week later she lost all her hair. I mean she was a mexican hairless, and scratching all the time. She was tested for both manges..negative. put on special shampoo and diet nothing. I forgot to give her her second dose of heartworm medicine and her hair started to grow back i have not given her her heart medicine and $4,000 later she's fine.Will garlic work for heart worms, I now have a black lab puppy i am giving garlic to for worms."

[WARNING!]  04/22/2008: Bev : "Hi, My dog when she was 2, (a golden retriever/lab mix) was started on Program the one with flea control and heartwomer. She developed ITP. A autoimmune problem with her platlets. She had to be put on predisone because her platlets were so low. She had a bone marrow biopsy, an ultrasound and many blood tests. She is finally went into remission and has been very good for many years. So I know that it was not her but the medication. If it was her it would have stayed not gotten better when she was taken off of it. I know other dogs have actually died because of this drug. they went into the same autoimmune except it attacked the red blood cells instead and the dogs died. Just thought you should add this to your problem meds. thanks Bev B."

Heartworm Prevention Tips

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[YEA]  08/10/2008: Deb from Dallas, TX: "Just writing a comment about my Chihuahua-Terrier dog, Julio. Heartworm meds are toxic to our animals. My beloved pet would have periodic seizures. When I stopped the heartworm medication, the seizures stopped. One Vet had him on them, another said why are you giving them to him? Does he have heartworms? He said he would not give them to him. I was grateful that it wasn't about $$$$, but about my pet. If an animal gets heartworms (most indoor door pets are not exposed to mesquito larvae,) which causes heartworms. A small amount of VCO in their diet will provide essential fatty acids, and is a natural cure for parasitic host. During hot summer months, I use 1/2 tsp. of Cloud Nine herbal dip in 16 ounces of water in a sprayer bottle to repel fleas, or mesquitos that would otherwise zoom in on my pet. You have to be diligent. Shake the bottle each time, and apply before taking your pet out.(be sure to apply to their undercoats, and paws too) A good brushing each day, and using the spray will help too. I hope this is a helpful tip for all pet lovers.
Thanks, and God Bless!

03/29/2012: Tami from New Albany, Indiana replies: "I have a Bishon Frise who gets extremely sick after taking Interceptor, a heartworm medication. His vomit contains small blood clots and he will be sick for days. He also becomes itchy with hot spots. I stopped all heartworm meds in November of 2011 and all symptoms ceased. What is VCO? And how is it used? I will definitely use garlic, but how much and how often do I give the garlic? Are there directories to help me locate a Holistic vet?"
04/10/2012: Jr from Coloma, Mi replies: "I have been advised by the homeopathic person I am working with to never use heartworm meds. She has advised me to use pure co-Q-10 every day to protect my dogs heart. She works strictly with animals and said she has never had a dog come down with heartworm using this. Just thought I would pass that on. My dog is a Lab/Newfoundland mix and weighs 100 lbs. I give her one pill a day. I guess I can't give the name brand but perhaps if you google CoQ10 Food Complex you will find it."
05/19/2012: Robert from Brandon, Florida replies: "Thank you for the information. What milligram dosage of CoQ10 do I give him my german shepard mix? He is 75 lbs. And has been having severe reactions to heartworm (invermectin) and flea (comfortis) meds. I have spent $100's of dollars trying to find out what was wrong with him and have narrowed it down myself to this being the cause! Thanks again!"
05/23/2012: Jr from Coloma, Mi replies: "One 100mg capsule a day of pure co-Q-10. I don't know if they will let me say the brand, but I was told New Chapter Co-Q-10 was the best. That doesn't have 100mg listed because it's food grown or something.. but if you get that brand, just one capsule a day."

Heartworm Remedies

08/13/2013: Luli from Bucharest, Romania: "Our friends' dog has hearworm, stage 3, maybe even 4. From all the natural remedies I read about, what would you suggest? Thank you in advance!"

08/14/2013: Lin from Okc, Ok replies: "I use Wormwood combination and Diatomaceous Earth for my dogs. Helps with heartworms too. I put the D.E. , a t Bsp. In their food every day, gets rid of parasites! I have one dog who needs his "wormwood" everyday or he starts getting sick, I use just one capsule for him in his morning feed and he is a fairly large dog, part shepherd, part Rottie. I have cats also and use the D.E. in their wet food too. Hope this helps>"
04/22/2014: Jean from Kentucky, US replies: "The DE is great stuff, but will not work for heartworms because they are in the circulatory system and not the intestines.

I agree with all hear who have posted about going the alternative route. I am using HWF for my dog who is a cocker spaniel mix.

She was diagnosed with heartworms when I took her in to find out why she was coughing. She was also somewhat reluctant to eat. I did not have her on a preventative*. Then the vet urged me to go the usual route, three shots a month apart, strict rest, carry her out to urinate/defecate, etc. I told her I would rather go the alternative route as I generally prefer holistic treatment. We compromised on a steroid shot for relief from her coughing and a round of antibiotic, plus the holistic treatment with a six month check for heartworms.

I learned from research that there is a bacteria host with the heartworms. So, working with our vet, I have given my dog a round of 30 days on Doxycycline. The antibiotic (which is a tetracycline) basically destroys the eggs and larvae. The adult worms are sterilized from the treatment. So now I am left with a dog with adult worms in her.

The HWF is a mixture of black seed, hawthorne, sorrel, licorice, garlic, hops, apricot pits, grapefruit seed extract, and flavoring. Its a liquid that I drop onto bread. She eats it without problem. (She loves bread! ) It is made by Ambertech. It was developed as an alternative to the harsh vet treatment. It does not contain the wormwood or black walnut because some dog breeds are sensitive/allergic to those ingredients.

Like all of you posting here, I am hoping she is being successfully treated and the heartworms are dying off. The danger is stroke or heart attack when the worms die off. Remember, the worms are in the arteries/veins, not the intestines. So, the decomposing worms are eliminated through the kidneys. So, do not let your dog go for long walks or chasing after critters. Keep him/her somewhat quiet.

Herbs and supplements helping the kidneys, heart and respiratory system are all good here. You just need to use common sense and consistent thoughtful treatment.

This is what I am doing. So far, so good. We are about a month into it and she seems better. I'll be happy to post more as we go along if anyone is interested in her progress.

*As it turns out, there is really no preventative because if they are bitten by an infected mosquito, they are bitten, the mosquito does not discriminate between a dog on preventative or not. I believe garlic and/or brewers yeast would be a better choice for prevention. A mosquito does not like the smell that a person or any other animal puts off when they have ingested either one of those. No guarantees for anyone here, but I know from personal experience that brewers yeast kept me from being bitten by black flies on a canoe trip I took many years ago. My fellow canoeist was being eaten alive, I was never touched. She was furious that they were attacking her. I had been on a health kick with the brewers yeast. After some research, I found it was a natural deterrent."

04/22/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Jean!

Please do keep us updated on your dog's heartworm condition.

And you may wish to google VRM2 - folks have reported great results with this herbal formulation."

Heartworm Treatment

05/11/2013: Scott from Lakeland Florida Polk: "My dog is losing weight and I believe its heart worms. I can't afford a vet but I love my dog. What can I do for them on a home remedy."

Hulda Clark's Remedies

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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  03/30/2010: Christel from Nolanville, Tx, United States: "I have searched for weeks, even months to try and find something to resemble this strange phenomenon occuring to my 2 female dogs. Anything I have found resemble some of their symptoms, but never this strange phenomenon of their coat turning dull, thinning and then turning a reddish brown. Even when I shave them down, the red tint is still there. It seems to be in the skin as well. Just recently I found one reference to this turning of color in connection with a skin condition called sebaceous adenitis. It is a condition where the glands in the skin responsible for keeping the skin and coat moisturized are destroyed. There is no cure, just a regimen to manage the condition. However, they said that it is not supposed to be itchy. But my girls always scratch. There might be underlying conditions though. I changed their diet to raw about 1 1/2 years ago. I've tried many different things to try and relieve their itching, but everything has been short lived. I have 3 other dogs with skin conditions which is most likely yeast. But with them also, anything I do is short lived.
About 2 months ago I took my 2 girls to get them spayed, but I returned home with them intact. They were diagnosed with heartworm (which is soemthing the clinic tests for before performing the surgery), and they won't do the surgery on positive dogs. So I set out to see if there is something I could use besides 'arsen' to help my girls. I started out with chinese herbs, but quickly realized that financially I could not continue this treatment for the necessary period of time if it was to be successful. I treated all my dogs, not just Sadie and Mae, because the likelyhood of them having heartworm was/is great, since I live in TX and mosquitos are everpresent. I had read on this site that some people had used black walnut hull and wormwood. Well, I found a regimen per Hulda Clark, whom I researched extensively and was and still am quite impressed with. So after 2 weeks of chinese, all my dogs are now into their 3rd week of Hulda Clark's treatment. So I would say my dogs have had the benefit of herbal medicine for 4 weeks . And I am beginning to see the benefits. The regimen is all about cleaning the body, getting rid of toxins and parasites, and supporting and strengthening the immune system. The itching has become less, the foul odor is not as prevalent, and the bumps and scabs and flakes are drying up and healing. I know we have a long road ahead of us, but I firmly believe we are on the right track. Oh, besides the skin issues, some of the affected dogs have also developed mild to severe ear problems, which seem to be getting better as well. One of my dogs, Charlie, who was a stray and was suffering from severe ear infection when I rescued him, has also always had skin issues. But he always responded remarkably well to immune support treatment, as he is again now. I am almost convinced that the only reason my dogs have begun to suffer from all these different ailments, gradually, but steady getting worse, is that they have probably had the parasite in them for quite a while, but have maintained without showing clinical signs because I have always given them bentonite clay. But that just wasn't enough for them not to get worse. And with that, their immune system slowly but surely went south. So for anyone interested, here is Hulda Clark's regimen:

Pet Parasite Program

All dosages are based on a 10 pound cat or dog. Double them for a 20 pound pet, and so forth.

1. Parsley water: cook a big bunch of fresh parsley in a quart of water for 3 minutes. Throw away the parsley. After cooling, you may freeze most of it in several 1 cup Containers. This is a month's supply. Put 1 tsp. parsley water on the pet's food. You don't have to watch it go down. Whatever amount is eaten is satisfactory.

Pets are so full of parasites, you must be quite careful not to deparasitize too quickly. The purpose of the parsley water is to keep the kidneys flowing well so dead parasite refuse is eliminated promptly. They get quite fond of their parsley water. Perhaps they can sense the benefit it brings them. Do this for a week before starting the Black Walnut Hull Tincture.

2. Black Walnut Hull Tincture (regular strength): 1 drop on the food. Don't force them to eat it. Count carefully. Treat cats only twice a week. Treat dogs daily, for instance a 30 pound dog would get 3 drops per day (but work up to it, increasing one drop per day). Do not use Extra Strength [or dilute it 1:4].

If your pet vomits or has diarrhea, you may expect to see worms. This is extremely infectious and hazardous. Never let a child clean up a pet mess. Begin by pouring salt and iodine (³Povidone² iodine, topical antiseptic, is available in most drug stores) on the mess and letting it stand for 5 minutes before cleaning it up. Clean up outdoor messes the same way. Finally, clean your hands with diluted grain alcohol (dilute 1 part alcohol with 4 parts water). Grain alcohol is actually ethyl alcohol that has been made by fermenting grain. In some countries sugar cane is used to make ethyl alcohol. A common brand in the United States is Everclear. But be careful. The smaller flask sizes are polluted with solvents from the pumping and filling processes, no doubt. Choose the 750 ml or 1 liter bottle which is, evidently, bottled differently. Be careful to keep all alcohol out of sight of children; don't rely on discipline for this. Be careful not to buy isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol for this purpose.

Start the wormwood a week later.

3. Wormwood capsules: (200-300 mg wormwood per capsule) open a capsule and put the smallest pinch possible on their dry food. Do this for a week before starting the cloves.

4. Cloves: put the smallest pinch possible on their dry food. Keep all of this up as a routine. Also, notice how peppy and happy they become.

Go slowly so the pet can learn to eat all of it. To repeat:

Week 1: parsley water.
Week 2: parsley water and black walnut.
Week 3: parsley water, black walnut, and wormwood.
Week 4: parsley water, black walnut, wormwood, and cloves.

Pets should not stroll on counters or table. They should eat out of their own dishes, not yours. They should not sleep on your bed. The bedroom should be off limits to pets. Don't kiss your pets. Wash your hands after playing with your pet. NEVER, NEVER share food with your pet. Don't keep a cat box in the house; install a cat door. Wear a dust-mask when you change the cat box. lf you have a sandbox for the children, buy new sand from a lumber yard and keep it covered. Don't eat in a restaurant where they sweep the carpet while you are eating (the dust has parasite eggs tracked in from outside). Never let a child crawl on the sidewalk or the floor of a public building. Wash children's hands before eating. Eat "finger" foods with a fork. If feasible, leave shoes at the door.

Solvents are just as bad for your pet as for you. Most flavored pet foods are polluted with solvents such as carbon tetrachloride, benzene, isopropyl alcohol, wood alcohol, etc. Don't buy flavored pet food. Pets add a great deal to human lives. Get rid of the parasites, not the pets, unless you are ill.

From: "The Cure for All Cancers", page 26.


I personally use the powder form of the black walnut hull instead of the tincture. I use 1 teaspoon (my dogs are 55-65lbs) mixed with their food.

I also don't use the wormwood capsules, but purchased instead the dried herb and make a tea. 2 teaspoons to 1 cup of water. Boil the water, add the herb, let steep about 20 min. I am starting out with 1 tblsp
and plan to work up to 2 tblsps. We haven't started on the cloves yet, but I purchased whole cloves and will grind them myself (with a coffe grinder-you can also use mixer) so it is always fresh. I keep all herbs in the fridge in a glass jar. The extra goes in the freezer until I need it. I have also researched other herbs and am adding turmeric for the digestion and it's antiarthritic effects (1/4 tsp), burdock root for the blood and skin (a pinch), pau d'arco concoction as a natural antibiotic and to aid liver function (1 tblsp-I make the concoction from the dried herb-4 tsps dried herb added to 1 quart boiling water, let simmer about 45 min, strain. I also use this concoction mixed 50/50 with extra virgin olive oil for their ears with great results). The concoction is stronger than tea. And last but not least I add 1/4 tsp of hawthorn berry powder for heart health.

Last but not least I still wonder if anyone has had the experience with their dog's skin/coat turning red, cause I'm still really baffled by this."

02/07/2011: Dhutch69 from Prattville, Alabama replies: "Thank you for the information! My 15 year old lab/chow mix was diagnosed with advanced heart worm. She walks a little ways.. Then gets "dizzy" and falls over. She has to lay there on her side while she catches her breath, and then she will ease on over to me. She has had loss of bladder control and the vet has all but said "she has no options". It isnt as though she is in any pain, she just always seems tired. I am glad I came upon this site, as I will be bringing her home to give her love and natural cures, rather than a shot to "end her suffering". I hope it works for her. I realize she is old for a dog, but in my eyes, she is still my best friend."
09/11/2011: Laura from Houston, Tx replies: "I am SO glad I found this discussion and this site. I will be following the black walnut, etc. Regimen as laid out here for my 95# lab, but I have one question: he has chronic colitis, and I have him on probiotics and digestive enzymes. Will this affect or contraindicate in any way the black walnut regimen?"

Podophyllum Peltatum

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[YEA]  05/01/2008: Nancy from Houston, Texas: "I bought some homeopathic medicine from the health food store, so this is not a home remedy, but it prevented a vet trip with meds, so I thought I might pass it on. My 7 yr old lab started acting sick, then her BM was pure water, so I looked for homeopathic medicine, and found Podophyllum Peltatum. For humans it would be 5 pellets under the tongue for diarreha, but I crushed 5 pellets and mixed it in her food. I did it twice. Within 24 hours, she had a almost normal BM with a lot of dead long worms. It was disgusting, but I am guessing they were intestinal worms. 24 hrs later she is back to normal. Before giving it to her, I looked up the ingredients on line, and it said the medicine used to be used for worms, but I did not know she had them. I used to give her garlic on a regular basis, but I kept reading stuff that said garlic was not good for dogs, so I quit giving garlic to her, without replacing it with something else. I am glad to read on your site that many folks still give their dogs garlic, I will start that again. This was the first time I bought a homeopathic medicine, and it worked so quickly, I was so grateful. Not too expensive, about six bucks for 80 pellets or so. I will keep it on hand for emergencies. Thanks for your great site."

03/31/2010: Christel from Nolanville, Tx, United States replies: "They were probably roundworms, the most common intestinal worms found in dogs. As for all the hype about garlic for dogs, I've been giving mine garlic (either fresh crushed or powder-NEVER the salt) for years for just that purpose:natural deworming. I haven't seen an intestinal worm in years. It's just like with everything else: Anything (edible) taken in good measure won't hurt you. One clove for about a 50lb dog will not hurt. I would definitely keep it up, as the mosquitos are coming. We both live in TX and know what that means. All the best and thanks for sharing!"
[YEA]  12/18/2010: Boops from Alva, Fl. Usa replies: "I cured my 1 yr old female Husky that I rescued from the dog pound the day before she was to be euthanized. The Vet told me $850 and only a 20% chance of survival with the arsenic treatment because the worms were so advanced. He told me to take her back to the dog pound and let them put her down. He did not think she could be saved. I told him I would figure out a natural cure and told me impossible. In 6 weeks she tested negative for heartworm and is a very beautiful and best behaved Husky I have ever seen. Her skin and fur was horrible when I got her, now she is pink skinned and the softest hair I have ever felt. This was 3 years ago, This works! ;
Weight 10-30 lbs
2 Artemisia capsules given at night before bed and upon waking in the morning on an empty stomach
1/2 COQ10 softgel capsule mixed with food at the a. M. Meal (it's easy to pierce the softgel capsule and dispense half the amount)
1-2 HSII capsules mixed with food at a.m. and p.m. meals
* (adjust accordingly depending on if your dog is at the lower end of the scale or higher end)
1/4 capsule Black Walnut capsules mixed with food once per day 5 days per week

Weight 31-75 lbs
3 Artemisia capsules given at night before bed and upon waking in the morning on an empty stomach
1 COQ10 softgel capsule mixed with food at the a.m. meal
2 HSII capsules mixed with food at a.m. and p.m. meals
1/2 capsule Black Walnut capsules mixed with food once per day 5 days per week

HS II is an herbal combination designed for the circulatory system, and more particularly, the heart. It is based on three herbs: hawthorn berries, capsicum and garlic - a simple combination. But sometimes simple things can help prevent complications later. Hawthorn berry is a "bitter" that is famous in Europe as a heart stimulant. But more than that, it assists the body in strengthening all the heart tissues and is considered by herbalists to be a specific heart tonic. Hawthorn's nutritional effects are felt very slowly, and much of its overall benefit seems to be related to certain flavonoids it contains. These help the body open up constricted blood vessels, having a general dilating effect. This is a partial explanation of how it is also believed to help lower blood pressure, since cramped or constricted blood vessels automatically increase blood pressure. Another result would be to increase blood flow tothe heart.

Capsicum is an aromatic herb that promotes blood flow to the extremities. It contains valuable nutrients like vitamins A, B, and C with iron and calcium. Although it tastes very hot, capsicum is actually harmless to the stomach lining. Not only does capsicum stimulate digestive juices, but it is also considered a nervine herb, which is beneficial for a healthy heart rhythm.

Garlic is one of the oldest of all herbs used by man. It is an aromatic herb and is reported to have beneficial effects for both the circulatory and immune systems. It helps the body to normalize blood pressure while improving blood circulation at the same time. HS II is excellent herbal nutrition for a weakened circulatory system.

Question: How much of the herbs should I use for PREVENTION?
Answer: A general guideline to follow is:

Under 5 lbs - 1/4 capsule Artemisia and a sprinkle of Black Walnut capsule [equivalent to an eighth of the capsule
5-10 lbs - 1/2 to one capsule Artemisia and a 1/4 of Black Walnut capsule
11-25 lbs - 2 capsules Artemisia and 1/4 capsule Black Walnut
26-50 lbs - 2-3 capsules Artemisia and 1/2 capsule Black Walnut
51 lbs and over - 3 capsules Artemisia and 1/2 capsule Black Walnut

Artemisia is given the first week of every month once a day, preferably at night. The Black Walnut is given 5 days a week all month long mixed with food at a meal."

[YEA]  02/01/2011: Kaley from San Diego, Ca replies: "BOOPS: What a great post! Thank you for putting all that info up! I've been using herbs my whole life and I love to hear uses for dogs. I have two boxers. Our youngest (1yr 1/2) has had some weight issues since he was born. I've been trying different things but I'm about to start a black walnut hull regimine this month. Your dosage info was just what I needed, most of the time the suggested amounts are vague and I hate to estimate with such a broad amount. I never thought of the artemisia! I'm so excited about your results and I can't wait to try it.

I recently had the worst vet experience this week. My boxer (same one) tore/broke his dewclaw and had to have emergency surgery to have them removed. It was hard for me and stressful. The worst part was the vet only cared about lecturing me on my practices of using herbal treatments on my dog. Both my dogs are on great diets-never table food, raw and organic kibble and same for the treats. Well the vet told me I'm basically feeding my dog twinkies! She scolded me on how terrible a raw diet is and everything. I really believe she isn't educated enough because she kept contradicting herself the whole time. She didn't even update me on how my dogs stitches were healing, she kept dodging my questions and focusing on his diet. It was awful and I will never go back. But thank you for your post I really found it to be helpful and just wanted you to know that!"

08/22/2011: Jb from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "To Kaley, Your Vet said you were feeding TWINKIES?! ? OMG! I could understand that IF you were feeding Purina, Old Roy, Alpo or some such garbage as that. INCREDIBLE! Glad to hear you won't be putting any more $$$$ in this Vet's pocket."

Post Heartworm

02/05/2011: Ltucci from Commack, Ny: "My Malamute/shepherd mix came to me with heartworm, was treated but ended up with a psudemonis infection. Survived all that but it damaged his "vacularity. " He gags and has difficulty breathing. Docs say no infection but just dealing with the heartworm aftermath. Anything besides steroids to help him be more comfortable? He is on another round of Doxy and taking Tussigin to help with the coughing."

08/22/2011: Jb from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "Check out, they may have a natural alternative or can direct you to a good vet. You can call them for information."
11/16/2013: Teri Of T Town from Tacoma, Washington replies: "Your dog needs some restorative health measures to heal the damage done by the heartworms. Give your dog some CQ10 a few times a week and put your dog on a quality raw food diet. Be careful with raw food. It needs to be nutrionally complete with vegetables and must have the right fat and protein balance to be most beneficial.

Grandually begin an exercise routine that will start to build the heart muscles back. Good luck to you and your sweet dog."

Remedies Needed

05/01/2012: Gardengal11 from Tulsa, Oklahoma: "My 2 year old lab/great Dane had reaction to the new pill and I want to start using black walnut herb and one friend recommends rascal herb. I also found a spray of cinnamon and clove that the owner of store said would stop fleas and mosquitos from biting. Is this good for my pet and will stop the heart worm if an infected one bites him? Also he recommends the kyolic herb. He is 74 pounds Please help- no more chemicals for my dog or my family."

05/02/2012: 5 Pooches Home from U.s., U.s replies: "Usually you try BOTH black walnut and wormwood. You can also get them pre-mixed along with cloves. Just search it online.

For greatdane, you can give 30-40 drops twice a day. Also garlic is great for heart health and you can also give 'Healthy Heart Tonic' by Herb Pharm...I am not from the company. I have just used this for my dogs and it was great.

Good luck!"

04/11/2011: Nita from Pensacola, Fl: "i got a 2 year old male dachshund from a local animal control shelter, took him to my vet where he tested postive for heartworms, by( snap-test ) she wanted me to wait 3 months to start any treatment ( he was under weight. And needed to gain about 10 more pounds ) ( plus I have other pets to make sure its no stress on him) I thought it was a good idea untill I took him for his first treatment, she wanted to do it with no pre-treatment, no x rays nothing she just wanted to give him the shots, she also did blood work and she said his liver numbers were a little high and she wanted to wait another week.

So I have been loooking for a vet who does more or has more ideas I dont want to give him thoses shots in his back, and most of the vets here only want to do shots without even thinking there can be a better way, my dog is very active, only 2 years old he has no signs that I can see however; he does get tired form playing, I just want to do the best I can for him, does any one know anything they can tell me or a vet who does more then just shots? thank you"

04/12/2011: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "Hello. Don't worry about anything your vet said. Take charge of your dog's health back in your hands. No need to panic regarding the heartworms. They are not as deadly as vets and drug companies make them to be.

Anyways, go to your health store and get:-

1. Black Walnut Hull Tincture (LIQUID bottle)

Dosage :- 10 drops in the morning and 10 in the evening. Give him this 1st thing on an EMPTY STOMACH.

2. Wormwood Tincture (LIQUID bottle)

Dosage :- 10 drops in the morning and 10 in the evening. Give him this 1st thing on an EMPTY STOMACH.

Follow this regimen for next 4-5 months and THEN get him re-tested for hw and he will come out negative!

For your dog, either you can force them in his mouth with the syringe or mix with some food. But make sure he gets all the dosage Therefore, opening his mouth and force feeding is the best way to go for maximum benefit and fast recovery.

Its imp. with herbs you give them 1st thing in the morning on an empty stomach (no food before or after atleast for 1 hr) coz this allows the herbs to do their work in the body with any interference.

Also, immediately start him on daily garlic regimen. You can give him fresh 3-4 garlic cloves.

For deworming him, also start him on ground cloves or if he will eat, just give him 1 clove each day.

Give him healthy diet as he needs to build his body and support his health. The best thing is homemade diet with coconut oil on top (3-4 BIG tablespoons each day). Will also help his coat and skin and joint health. Help detox the body as well.

For his liver health, start him on Dandelion Root or Dandelion Root Tea everyday!!!!

Last but not least, no need to get him any more vaccinations, shots, antibiotics, hw 'preventive', steriods etc!!!!! Save your money and you will save lots of headache and money down the road as well. These things are BAD for your dogs unlike what the vets and pharma-companies advertise!!!!!

I have 5 SHELTER dogs and have no issues with them coz they eat homemade diet with co oil and all the above! Good luck!"

04/13/2011: Jr from Coloma, Mi replies: "I am working with a person who uses homeopathic medicine on animals. She has been doing homeopathy for over 30 years. She has suggested that I don't give the heartworm medication and instead give my 110 pound lab/newfie mix Co-Q-10. She said one 100mg pill a day will protect her from heartworm. She said she has been recommending this for 20 years and has never had anyone say that their dog got heartworm."
07/03/2011: Silentdarkness from Bradenton, Fl replies: "JR --- I have a 40 lb Shepherd Timber Wolf Hybrid mix and a 15 lb or so Australian Shepherd (miniature)... Can you let me know with no liability to you, what is recomended for each of these dogs for the CoQ10 please?

Thank you.

PS Kevin Trudeau - Natural Cures they dont want you to know about is amazing... Everyone should read the "REVEALED" one or all.... very informative..."

07/06/2011: Elizn6 from Napa, California replies: "I took my Scotty to the vet yesterday because he was crying constantly, scooting his bottom, scratching and chewing his feet. The vet told be that he had thrown his back out and put him on previcox, tramadol and methocarbamol. After a $1,000 estimate, the vet said it was unlikely that he had worms, but this morning I checked his stool and there was a whitish thing about an inch long and 1/4 inch wide.

A few days ago I gave him a few drops of black walnut tincture in his food and water. Could he have thrown his back out from chewing and could the BWT be expelling worms? I brought a stool sample to the vet with me and they didn't even check it. Can I continue the BWT with the meds he was prescribed yesterday? Any comments would be greatly appreciated!"

07/12/2011: Jen from Orlando, Fl replies: "I just rescued a doxie from death row, she has heart worm and a respiratory infection that is wicked. She can't do traditional heartworm therapy because it is likely to kill her in her present condition and age of 10. I have read through the previous posts and still feel insecure about taking this on myself. How much of the herbs would I feed to a 10 lb er anyway? Thank you, JJ"
08/01/2011: Rose from Walker, Louisiana replies: "I have a 12 year old long haired chihuahua and he has a bad cough and I think it is heartworms... I called a vet and the first thing he asked was if I could afford the treatment... I need help.. I need to know how much to give him of the black walnut and wormwood and garlic... He weighs 7pounds and I also have three other dogs as well... Do I treat them also? I dont want to treat them if they arent infected... Please I need some help.. dont want my baby to die.."
01/05/2012: Jen from Nashville, Tn replies: "I'm not sure if anyone has tried this but I went to nutritionist a few days ago because my 2 dogs have heartworms and he gave me the Black Walnut, WormWood and Garlic to give them, but he also suggested I give them something called "Hanna's Herb Shop - Dog Heartworm Caina Philaria. " It is a homeopathic med that actually kills the heartworms. He said I can give it along with the BWH/WW/G.

I called the company for Hanna's Herb Shop to get info on it and they said it will kill the heartworm in about a month or so. Here is the site for it... You might be able to get it at your local health food or nutrition store. I am also following Bandit's program to use the BWH/WW/G... I hope this helps anyone trying to use it. I will repost when I find out how my dogs are doing from it."

07/18/2012: Debra from Lansing, Illinois replies: "I read the comments and I am encouraged. My 7 year old rottweiler was diagnosed with lekumia or some sort of tumor. We were devastated. The vet wanted to put her down, but we took her back home and begin to give her geritol and a multivitamin. She is lethargic and wont eat, but gets up to urinate and lays back down. We are going to try the black walnut hull. Is the extract ok with the geritol and vitamins?"
07/26/2012: Elaine from Colorado Springs, Co replies: "My Pointer is 12 yrs old and had all the signs of heartworms. He barely had any energy he would have big coughing fits and could only go on a 1/2 block walk before he would just stop and nothing could budge him to get home. I did some reading online and saw the types of treatments vets were using to treat heartworms and it seemed all chemicals which might cure or kill your dog and expensive.

So I did some research and ordered the black walnut hull/ wormwood extract, I found out later reading ingredients that it also contains cloves. So from a 2oz. bottle I give him 1 dropper full in his dinner every night. Also want to add that the type I am giving him contains alcohol. Within 2 weeks my dog did a full turn around and was back to his normal self. The recommended dose on the bottle is 2 dropper fulls so my dog weighs about 65lbs. I decided 1 was probably ok to start with. If your waiting to see if this treatment works for other ppl you should instead be getting this stuff for your dog. I am here to tell you it did work for us, my best friend was on deaths door and now we both feel alot better. I also give him 2 garlic pills a day. One thing I want to mention was feeding in the food as my dog wouldn't touch the water for 3 days when I tried putting it in there."

08/11/2012: Robin from Winston Salem, Nc replies: "I have been reading all this on heartworms.. I hve a white husky that is very sick with heartworms. I am not so sure he is going to make it. I took him to the vet yesterday and the treatment was going to be almost 900.00 I cannot afford the first treatment so she said the second which consist of using the pills. Ageet has lost weight and has been having seizures. :( The vet gave him at the office 1 prednisone and 1 doxycycline. After I got him home within a hour he went down hill fast. He has been out of it and had multiple seizures. I have not and will not give him anymore of this medicine. I did go and buy him the garlic, cloves, blck walnut and woodworm. This morning he came to enough to drink the water and eat a small amount of food with the clove, black walnut and woodworm in it. I do not know maybe he's in too late of the stages. The medication the vet gave him I believe just about did him in. Before the meds. He was eating and alert, he still had a seizure but pulled out of it and return to his old self. If anyone could help me with him PLEASE RESPOND... Thank you"
08/21/2012: Renee from Orlando, Fl replies: "My dog had heartworms. Now there gone. Used heartworm powder (1 and 2 together) on her food everyday. Adjust if not eating it, or diarhea occurs. Look up Paw or any chinese medicine used to kill worms in the body, then dispell them out. It took about 6 months, but they don't have to be confined and the herbs are good for them. It was about $200.00 in all over the time frame, or there about. No chemicals or harsh side effects. Order it and get your dog right on it, is my opinion. It worked for mine. R"


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[SIDE EFFECTS]  03/20/2014: June from Pa.: "I gave my cocker spaniel her first dose of vrm2-sm, 1/2 capsule, in less then half an hour she started coughing and panting worse then ever, is this a normal reaction maybe that it`s working? Thank you for any feed back."

03/21/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey June!

Sorry to hear about your dog's heartworm infection :-(

Please read up on heartworm as you continue treating your dog:

When you treat for heartworm, what you are actually doing is killing the worms in the heart and the microfilaria in the 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. The coughing and panting is the result of the worms dying and getting 'filtered out' of the bloodstream by the lungs. The coughing [most likely] is from the build up of the dead worms in the lung tissue that have yet to be absorbed, and the panting [most likely] is from the pain or discomfort from this process.

Dogs undergoing heartworm treatment should be kept as calm as possible and strict crate rest is generally prescribed. This treatment is long term - you will NOT see immediate improvement as it takes time for the worms to die off. Again, please read up on how to best support your dog during the treatment phase.

Please let us know how it goes!"

03/21/2014: June from Pa. replies: "Thank you Theresa from pls, so much for the feed back on the vrm. I had no idea what to expect after treatment. I just lost my buddy Lady (cocker Spaniel) of 16 years a month ago, still recovering from her loss, so when Lacey came up sick, it worries me to death, I surely don`t want to loose her to.We just got her card today reminding me she is due for her check up.The vet. is aware of her cough, I gave her a tsp. of honey and she finally stopped coughing and is resting very well.i will continue with the vrm2-sm as it seems to be a miracle treatment, i`m sooo glad I found this site. Thank you again for caring."



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