Holistic Heartworm Prevention

April 27th, 2011 at 5:14 am EST

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Hello Friend,

Heartworm...do you REALLY need to be on a
conventional preventive medication?

It is my opinion that MOST Veterinarians tell you ONE thing:

That you NEED to have your dog on a Preventive Heartworm medication...

BUT do you REALLY need this?

What about the RISKS?

Here is my take.

What is Heartworm?

Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic worm which infects mostly dogs. Although all internal parasites can be harmful to the health of your pet, heartworm infestation is serious and can be fatal unless treated in a timely fashion.

What causes Heartworm?

Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. Not all mosquitoes carry heartworm, but when an infected mosquito bites your pet, it can transfer larvae to the animal’s tissues. These larvae then migrate through the body, until they reach the animal’s heart and lungs. There the adult worms will grow. They can grow to 70 - 110 long and cause a great deal of damage to the heart and lungs. If untreated, the animal may die.
Most (certainly not all) holistic veterinarians consider the use of pharmaceutical preventatives to be less harmful than a heartworm infection.

The CHANCE of your Dog EVER getting Heartworm

What you need to be aware of is the INCIDENCE of Heartworm in your area, and whether or not your pet really is at risk of Heartworm disease. 

For example in Canada, Heartworm is  difficult to acquire, and usually NOT fatal,  far less than the dire warnings and marketing claims of the Heartworm preventive companies.

For heartworm to be transmitted to your pet, you need the correct temperature for a long enough period of time, the right climate, and the correct species and sex of mosquitoe.

Holistic Heartworm Prevention

Avoid unnecessary vaccines- keep your dog’s immune system healthy. Avoid repeated uses of steroids, or conventional antibiotics.

•excellent nutrition:
feeding home diets and raw food
top quality commercial food

•regular exercise

•providing quality health supplements  hint: for dogs try Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Canine Health Formula at http://www.thedogsupplement.com

•for cats try Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Feline Health Formula at http://www.thecatsupplement.com

•avoiding conventional medication that causes side effects

•Mosquitoe Control- this is the insect that spreads heartworm. I have had some great success with a Natural Flea repellent using Cedarwood Oil.

•Using natural alternatives when possible – this can mean using nosodes and herbal supplements, while also having your dog tested for heartworm. This is better under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian.

•If you are in a high risk area, use the conventional preventives, BUT for as short a duration as possible- ie when the conditions really exist to transmit the disease.

•Use the lowest effective dose of the preventives- you can also follow up the meds with liver supportive products such as milk thistle and Vitamin E

•IF you live in an area with little to no risk of Heartworm, consider NO use of conventional medication.


P.S. I do happen to practice WHAT I preach, and I do NOT treat my own dogs with conventional Heartworm medication.

I DO use some of my specific suggestions to optimize my own pets immune system with:

Essential Fatty Acids

You can get ALL of these components for your dog or cat here:



Heal Your Pets At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones

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