Heartworm Treatment and Home Remedies for Pets

Black Walnut Extract, Garlic
Posted by Lynn (Venice, Florida) on 08/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Dl4504 (Ohio) on 08/04/2013

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Shr (Del Norte, Ca) on 07/22/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Nelli (Compton, Ca) on 06/14/2013

I think you should show your pet some compassion.... He sounds like he is in pain. Talk to your baby and let him/her go.

Posted by Equestrian Dog Lover (Ocala, Fl) on 06/07/2013

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Peggy (Tennessee) on 06/07/2013

I have 3 dogs. All indoors. They were all on Heartworm prevention. One day my black lab was outside in the evening hours without protection and boom. A freak mosquito attack on my dog who is all black with thick black hair. I didn't notice any mosquitoes until it was to late. He's 13 and he has survived Heartworm. He was tested negative last month - HURRAY!! And now we are successfully treating the damage. In order to do this I had to use Doxycycline antibiotic therapy. I kept him in the house and gave him Tri Heart Plus even though he had Heartworm because I thought it would kill the eggs and female worms during the dormant/cold fall- winter months. Now he is on Cephalexin which is free at my grocery store pharmacy with a list of other free drugs. Miinocycline, diuretic and vasodilator. I keep his hair clipped short and give him plenty of water. He is a brand new dog! Value Vet is wonderful. They decided to treat his issues first and in doing so we killed off the heartworms. He will remain on the diuretic for the rest of his life. It's cheap. Costco sells an inexpensive Kirkland - flea, tick and mosquito serum. 6 month supply for $20. It has same benefits as K9 Advantax II. Tri-Heart Plus is a must. 6 months for as low as $35. It is safe prevention. I suppose there is nothing wrong with holistic. But I would only use it after an antibiotic regiment. The Vet Bill was only $220 for the year. $289 with the confirmative X-ray. VALUE VET ROCKS!

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Miranda (Ca) on 05/30/2013

How much did you give to your dog per day and where did you buy it? Please help!

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Ari (Willemstad, Curacao. Caribbean) on 05/16/2013

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.

Heartworm Treatment
Posted by Scott (Lakeland Florida Polk) on 05/11/2013

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.

Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Bempierre (Adelanto, California Usa) on 04/19/2013

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 early eve or night

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 (one gel or capsule 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.

Posted by Linda (Springfield, Massachusetts) on 03/12/2013

Artemisia Combination may have cured my dog's heartworm! I looked online for a natural heartguard alternative and I read about this supplement. I was so happy when my dog had a negative heartworm test!

Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Bemperre (Adelanto, Ca) on 02/19/2013

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 a 14 day run. Hope this helps.

Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Brenda (Adelanto, Ca) on 01/12/2013

There is one product out there that has all the ingredients in one that kills heartworm and it is called VRM2-sm. made by Systemic Formulas. 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 sites on the net that you can order from.

You only have to give for 14 DAYS ONLY. For a sm dog under 10lbs, a half cap.,

if over 10lb. to aprox 35 to 40, 1 to 2 caps, and larger dogs 2 to 3 caps a day.

Do not exceed 3 caps.

FOR ONLY 14 DAYS. Find a heart support that is safe to use on dogs to give along with the VRM2. Especially if in the later stages of heartworm.

Do Not feed red meat or pork while giving VRM2

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Nancy (Angola, Ind.) on 10/23/2012

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.

Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Charlena (Brent, Al) on 09/03/2012

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.

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Bempierre (Adelanto, Ca, Usa) on 07/31/2012

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.

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Brenda (Adelanto, Ca Usa) on 07/31/2012

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 10 lbs. If you are unsure and you dog is 15 lbs to 35lbs I would give 1 to 1 1/2 cap. After that I would give 2 to 3 cap. Not to exceed 3 caps. Hope this helps..

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Dee (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/23/2012

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?

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Bempierre (Adelanto, Ca) on 07/18/2012

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 14 days with a 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.

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Bempierre (Adelanto, Ca) on 07/18/2012

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.

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Sue (Danbry, Ct) on 07/16/2012

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

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Doglover (Coffs Harbour, Australia) on 06/16/2012

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.

Heartworm Prevention Tips
Posted by Jr (Coloma, Mi) on 05/23/2012

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 Prevention Tips
Posted by Robert (Brandon, Florida) on 05/19/2012

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!

Heartworm Prevention Tips
Posted by Jr (Coloma, Mi) on 04/10/2012

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Harry (Lacombe, La. Usa) on 04/06/2012

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.

Heartworm Prevention Tips
Posted by Tami (New Albany, Indiana) on 03/29/2012

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?

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Lisa (Tulia, Tx, Usa ) on 03/27/2012

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?

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Kaitlyn (Naperville, Il) on 03/22/2012

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!

Black Walnut, Wormwood, Dandelion, B12, Parsley, Garlic
Posted by Tina (Kissimmee, Florida) on 03/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Trudy (Lacombe, La) on 01/10/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Tracy (Maryville, Tn) on 12/28/2011

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.

Hulda Clark's Remedies
Posted by Laura (Houston, Tx) on 09/11/2011

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?

Post Heartworm
Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga Usa) on 08/22/2011

Check out www.naturalrearing.com, they may have a natural alternative or can direct you to a good vet. You can call them for information.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga Usa) on 08/22/2011

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga Usa) on 08/22/2011

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.

Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga Usa) on 08/22/2011

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Jb (Atlanta, Ga Usa) on 08/22/2011


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.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Tom (Charlotte, Mi) on 07/26/2011

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.


Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Missinformation (Bernie, Mo) on 05/29/2011
1 out of 5 stars


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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Michelle (Bridgeville, De) on 05/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Carmen (Naperville, Illinois) on 04/15/2011

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. This is a wonderful site, you helped put my heart as ease for the first time in days...

Namaste, Carmen

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Sandra (Katy, Texas) on 04/06/2011

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.

Hulda Clark's Remedies
Posted by Dhutch69 (Prattville, Alabama) on 02/07/2011

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.

Post Heartworm
Posted by Ltucci (Commack, Ny) on 02/05/2011

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kaley (San Diego, Ca) on 02/01/2011

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!

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Maria (Houston, Tx Usa) on 01/10/2011

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Boops (Alva, Fl. Usa) on 12/18/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Pamiespets (San Antonio, Tx, United States) on 10/20/2010

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.

Black Walnut Hull
Posted by Michael (Arlington, Texas) on 08/09/2010

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!!!

Heartworm Medication Advice
Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 04/16/2010


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.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Nikki (Springfield, Missouri) on 04/05/2010

I have just recently started my dog on the black walnut/woodworm regime. How soon should I start seeing signs of it working? Since I couldnt find a dosage amount anywhere I've been giving one dropperful of each a day plus 2 garlic pills. Is this an accurate dosage? Please advise.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Christel (Nolanville, Tx, United States) on 04/01/2010

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.

Podophyllum Peltatum
Posted by Christel (Nolanville, Tx, United States) on 03/31/2010

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!

Hulda Clark's Remedies
Posted by Christel (Nolanville, Tx, United States) on 03/30/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

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 ( ³Povidone ² 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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Shasta (Ashland, Louisiana) on 01/20/2010

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 :)

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Calendula (Mitchell, Georgia) on 12/31/2009

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.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Calendula (Mitchell, Georgia) on 12/31/2009

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.

Posted by Matoni (Buffalo, New York) on 12/08/2009

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.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Patricia (Morris, Al) on 12/07/2009

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.

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Lisa (Lewisville, Tx) on 11/29/2009

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.


Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Lori (Alvin, Tx) on 11/09/2009 3 posts

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.

Black Walnut/Wormwood Extract
Posted by Randy (Belmont, NC) on 06/07/2009

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

Black Walnut/Wormwood Tincture
Posted by Melissa (Dallas, Texas) on 05/09/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Michelle (WestPalm Beach, Florida) on 11/24/2008

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.

Posted by Stephen (Housotn, TX) on 11/13/2008

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.

Posted by Donna (La Luz, NM) on 11/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Posted by Karen (Reading, UK) on 10/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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