Heartworm Treatment and Home Remedies for Pets

Heartworm Prevention Tips
Posted by Deb (Dallas, TX) on 08/10/2008
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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!

Posted by Diane (Foley, Alabama) on 06/03/2008
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Heartworm Remedies: My female gave birth to 5 beautiful pups and of course she got worms, white ones, we started giving her chopped fresh garlic and within 3 days the worms were gone. The pups are 5 weeks and they have no worms either. Mother nature is very powerful!!

Podophyllum Peltatum
Posted by Nancy (Houston, Texas) on 05/01/2008
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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.

Heartworm Medication Side Effects
Posted by Bev (USA) on 04/22/2008
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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.

Black Walnut Hull
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 383 posts

Mary: Yes, back walnut hull can be used to treat heart worm. It is interesting to mentioned black walnut hulls as a way to treat heart worm. It has a long history in Asians for treating internal intestinal worms and tape worm. It is also used to externally ring worm.

The active component I guess comes from the chemical component called, juglone, which chemically is C10H6O3, or 5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthalenedione Other names 5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone. For me it sounds like treating a chemically close relative called naphthalene, which is moth balls. Of course, my general feeling is that if this is used, a relatively tiny amounts is needed to treat such parasites. I haven't yet gotten around to determining the dosages for it, but it also has potentials.

Juglone, which is active natural insecticide from Black Walnut Hull is interesting chemically as it is used also by the industry as a food coloring and cosmetic coloring in the color of Natural brown color 7, and can go in many names such as Juglon, Walnut extract, Juglane, Nucin, Regianin, or 1,4-naphthoquinone. So it is possible that brown food coloring can also be used as a way to kill ringworms.

I couldn't prove it yet whether giving dogs, with a 1/4 teaspoon of borax per liter of water can kill ringworms as this is what I used to do to prevent parasites and avoid the veterinarians.

I avoided vets where I live because everytime they treat my dog, they all die. Whether it works or not you can tell. It doesn't take long to notice an improvement, usually 1-3 days at the most. However, I never had problems using it and only use if I suspect that my dog has parasites. Sometimes it is difficult to prove, since a dog can't talk. Therefore, insecticidal poisoning (usually from using commercial grade dog shampoo that kills fleas) is the major cause. To detoxify my dog, I used vinegar poured all over the dog, the dog will lick it off, vomits a little bit, and it is better.

I also hear that wormwood can also possibly be used to treat heart worm, but of course the information I received I did not witnessed them myself. Traditionally cedarwood oil is also used as a safe insecticide and can be used as a way to treat similar conditions for internal parasites. The only way to know it works or not is to try it out. However, black walnut hull is quite powerful and can be used as an insect repellent for fleas, mites, and possibly if mixed in sufficient amount can be used to treat mange, but will take more time.

The reason I don't try black walnut hull is availability, so I just went for more simpler methods such as the used of borax as it is easier to find. For some reason my dogs seem to like eating the borax precipitate if I accidentally drop it. Of course it only took a liking whenever he is sick. I guess dog's instinct is also a factor.

There is also a possibility of using natural insecticide against heart worm is the use of pyrethrin, which comes from Pyrethrum Daisy, Dalmation Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium) which can kill the insect but might be able to be used safely on dogs.

As a way to treat dog's cancer, I think black walnut hull can do it also, as it also have some anticancer component, from the iodine, and the tannins. Of course, I would also like to add baking soda to my dog now and then (with some citric acid) as a way to stabilize the dog's pH. I have read that cows way past their age, can yet produce calves, if the cow's drinking water is rich in bicarbonates and magnesium. So as a result of this observation, I guess this might be one way of treating a dog's cancer.

Black Walnut Hull
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Black Walnut Hull
Posted by Mary (Magnolia, TX) on 08/11/2006
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My Rottweiller was diagnosed with canine leukemia 2 1/2 years ago. Atthat time they gave her 6 months to live. We gave her 1 treatment of Chemoand steroids at Texas A&M University. After that I decided I would neverdo that again. I went online and started searching for anything that couldhelp her. Through a combination of natural treatments she is still alivetoday and feeling better than she did before she was diagnosed. At thetime of her diagnosis I took her off all poisons including heart wormpreventatives and annual shots. She hasn't had a blood test in over a yearnow, I don't see that it is necessary. A while back I noticed she wasgetting lethargic and pale in her mouth. That is when I put her on BlackWalnut Hull for heartworms (she also gets Kelp). I noticed almostimmediately that her color was better and she stopped coughing andbreathing hard when she moved around too much. I do notice that if shegets too much it does upset her stomach. I would like more information onthis treatment if you could supply it. Meg turned 11 last month and shestill chases the squirrels in our yard. She's not as fast as she used tobe but she's good for short bursts. I would not race her! Thanks,

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 383 posts

Thank your for the feedback on the use of garlic, wormwood and black walnut tincture remedy to treat the heartworm!

Traditionally both black walnut tinctures and artemisia (wormwood) are generally used together for parasites and heartworm in the dog. However other people have lately, added garlic (which repels mosquitoes) or added capsicum (cayenne peppers), ginger and/or hawthorne berries. As for me I give my dog a small amount of borax as a preventive, but yours is the first I heard on getting rid of heartworm!

Black Walnut, Garlic, Wormwood
Posted by Kelli (USA) on 07/22/2007
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My black Lab was found on the highway in February, 2005. She was estimated at 1 1/2 years old, only 45lbs., and so sick with heartworm, the vet suggested I put her down because she could not take the medical treatment. I took her home and treated her with herbs. Last week she weighed a normal and healthy 76 lbs. and tested heartworm negative!!! I started her on the monthly heartworm preventative medication. She has been given 1 or 2 cloves of raw garlic with her evening meal daily, with a one week break every three months. I gradually introduced wormwood and black walnut tinctures into this meal, from a few drops to twenty of each, with a one month break every three months. Her activity level has been kept low with lots of rest. Her feed is lamb and rice dry kibble. She likes organic carrots and apples for treats. After one year, she had regained her normal weight and tested "light-positive" for heartworm. Now, after a second year of treatment, she tested heartworm negative! My vet is amazed! We celebrated with a two mile hike and a long swim.

Black Walnut Extract
Posted by Nancin (Sheridan, United States) on 08/22/2007
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By chance, I did use Black Walnut extract and he appears to be much better; but not back in weight. I'm pretty sure he has heartworm; or had heartworm and is still recovering. Don't know. I was hoping someone would know the dosage and kind of arsenic that the vets give the heartworm affected dogs. As had a dog once that we did take to the vet for treatment of heartworm and he told us that they use arsenic. But don't know where to get it and what dosage. And where does it occur in nature? I can only assume that arsenic is found in nature. Does anyone know these answers? If so, please contact me through my email address. Thanks,

Posted by carla (houston, texas) on 01/28/2008
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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.

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