Last Modified on Feb 27, 2015
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.
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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
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