I have not heard of anything other than the arsenic derived treatment working on a full blown case of Heartworms. In fact I've never heard of anything other than vet-prescribed substances or meds that hawe ivermectin as the active ingredient as working on preventing heartworms. I personally think it's stupid to chance anything else, that's just me.
Why take on a dog with advanced heartworms if you aren't willing to pay to haev it properly treated?
I do plan to do what it takes, regardless, but I just prefer to go the natural route if at all possible. I just wanted to see if anyone has actually used it and if there is a chance that it has worked. I've researched the internet on natural remedies and have read a lot of positive things about Wormwood, Cloves and Black Walnut and thought it couldn't hurt to check it out.
I alternate using heartgaurd and Frontline... or Reveloutin. I live in Houston where we have the same problem.... year round mosquitos/fleas. I like that reveloution takes care of fleas, ear mites, heartworm, etc. But I admit I like giving the dogs the chewable thing every other month. They view it as a treat.
The natural method appears (if it actually works) less likely to kill an animal than synthetic chemical heartworm treatment. In researching the chemical treatment, I have found there are some not-so-wonderful after-effects of the treatment.
This particular natural treatment claims to take approximately 2-3 weeks to rid the parasites from the body. I have researched it and I have found no negatives on the product. I plan to observe the progress of the natural treatment during the 2-3 week period. If there is no obvious improvement, I will use the chemical method.
Thank you for your input.
Judging by the responses I've received, not many, if any, have tried the product. If there is one person who has, I'd appreciate any input you could provide.
I have 2 Poms and a Lab and we use Sentinel. It prevents heatworm,fleas, adult hookworm infections, removes/controls adult roundworm and whipworm. We live in the South as well, but am a native Californian. I have never seen such problems with fleas before moving here. This has proven to be effective for us. My Vet put all my dogs on it and never a problem (knocking on wood) lol BUT, they are all indoor dogs to so not sure if that makes a difference.
I don't know of one person that has treated their pet for HW without using vet methods. That would be because they aren't willing to risk their dog's life in it progressing if something natural doesn't work. Still looks like the cheap way out. Since you seem to be researching still rather than treating a sick dog.
I am actually 1 week in the process of treating the dog with the natural remedy (2 weeks to go). I was not waiting for a response before I did something. I am not letting the dog lay there, suffer, and die while I "research."
FYI! With the natural treatment, along with cortisone prescribed by the vet, the dog is actually doing better. I don't know if this is because of the cortisone or the natural treatment. The dog is not lifeless or acting sick in any way. He is actually acting very healthy and alive. I try to keep him calm as I don't want him getting too excited during treatment. His coughing has subsided considerably, but again, I don't know if it is only because of the cortisone or not. If I was not seeing marked improvement, as I am, I would not wait to do something more.
After this remaining 2 weeks goes by, I am going to get him re-tested for HW. When we stop the cortisone and if I see that he starts acting sick again or coughing immediately, I will again take him to the vet to do whatever is necessary.
I appreciate your concern, but I am not the type of person to watch an animal suffer and die while I research something. I am being very proactive in his recovery and am not keeping him away from the vet in the process.
I am using homeopathic and conventional methods with the dog as I do for myself. So far, it seems to working out pretty well. I will keep you updated on the outcome.
If you have a dog that tests low to medium with heartworm the pup can be put on Interceptor which is what all herding breeds have to be on because of the ivermectin in the other brands. It has been proven that it will first kill the eggs and then the adults. I have used it on several of the dogs that have come into rescue and it does work.
your treating your hw positive alone.my dog is currently being treated for HW.i couldnt have even started this without calling him constantly.asking is this normal.my vet is great thought he answers my hundred questions and just laughs.i really think you should see a vet.i would in the best interest of your dog.
I've got a dog with a mild case of heartworms. He has a big appetite and barely ever coughs. I've been on the Internet researching for an alternative treatment and found several options. Please check them out.