The following includes the facts concerning how our dog, Onyx, was healed from heartworms without the $300 Immiticide (arsenic-based) injections.
(About Immiticide, there are two injections a day apart. The dog must stay in a tightly confined place for a month. That's because if the dog runs, the heart and lungs will be working at greater stress, and being that's where the heartworms are, and the Immiticide, it's a high risk of bringing on a heart attack to the dog. With the herbal treatment, the dog runs and plays at will. There was only one night she was listless, like she was sick, but she got over it in a few hours.)
I want to share this success story with other pet owners who are also concerned about the risks of the treatment, and are looking for alternative treatments.
On June 23, 2004, we took Onyx to the vet for the first time (it turns out, in her life).
She tested positive for heartworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Vets treat heartworms with shots of Immiticide, which is a derivative of Arsenic.
Being that she's only 2 to 2-1/2 years old, the vet said we had a few months to save the money for the procedure, but we'd have to get prepared to keep her movement restricted during the month following the injections. Her lungs and heart checked out healthy, so the heartworms haven't done detectable damage so far.
I was concerned about the health risks, even death, that could result from this, so I checked into alternative methods.
I read two books:
The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein, DVM
We started the Pet Parasite Program right away. I also added a clove of garlic to both her morning and evening meals.
Before we went on our summer vacation in July, I had her fecal test taken to see where she was for the other worms. Negative. We did use the liquid medicine from the vet to treat her, in addition to the herbs.
Friday, January 14, 2005: We had been consistent with the program for several months. We decided to check the blood again to see if the herbs had worked.
The vet tech told me that she was surprised that Onyx tested negative, and had a vet confirm it. There are two tests used to check for heartworms: the microscope and culture test. The culture takes about 15 minutes. She asked me for the dosage of herbs to write it in her chart.
I tried to get this experience published in the main stream press. There were a couple of papers interested, but no one wrote the story. For those who live in humid, highly mosquito-populated areas, heartworms is a worry among pet owners. I hope this message helps others, please spread the word, the mainstream press won't!
What exactly did you do to get rid of the heartworms. I think my dog has had them for some time now. I saw the parsley, wormwood, walnut etc.. in clarks book. How do you know how much to use on dog ( weight etc..) ? Also how long should the treatment last she just say week 5 and so on. How long did you follow this. Is this the only thing you did ( what was written on her chart) please be specific if you can. I have a little dog. thanks!
Just to warn you about heartworms: They can kill your pet! Your pet must be treated within a reasonable amount of time to avoid damage to the heart and lungs. My dog was only 2 years old and the vet stated that she must have not had them long, for her lungs and heart were in good condition.
I followed the step by step in Dr. Clark's book. She says the dosage is per 10 pounds of weight. I also added garlic, which is supposed to repel mosquitos, mites, fleas, and ticks.
Many alternative methods advise certain herbs but don't have a structure or dosage. I only noticed Dr. Clark's that did.
Also, I read a book by an alternative vet by the name of Goldstein. He says that the pet's immune system suffers with store-bought pet food. Anything not FDA approved for human consumption is added to pet food -- let your imagination wander.
He bakes a whole chicken, adds a recipe of brown rice, then adds vegetables. When I do it, I add some frozen vegetables with the rice and deboned chicken while warm and keep it in a freezer ziploc bag.
Of course with any new program, I was consistent for several weeks, then slacked off. I come back to it time and again, but when it's been awhile, I restart with parsley juice the first week, then gradually add the other ingredients.
I tested my dog after 6 months of the diagnosis. Certainly, the heartworms were killed off sooner than that, but didn't know how much sooner. Since each test is $20 a pop, I wasn't going to be testing every week, every month, etc.
Dogs will eat anything you feed them, so in a way that's good because the herbs are horrible-tasting!
I wish my indoor cats were willing to do this. We haven't found a way to solve that one.