Treatment Options

So, you have received the devastating news that your beloved dog has tested positive for Heartworm Disease…I’m sorry that you have to go through this – I have been there many times – but I am glad you are here. From one pet parent to another – there is so much HOPE and there IS an alternative to the often cost-prohibitive, and risky conventional treatments recommended by most veterinarians. Know that I truly believe your veterinarian has your pet’s best interests at heart – this is not meant to be a criticism of your veterinarian – most vets simply are not aware of alternative protocols – and that is why I am here – to educate you!

What are the risks with using the common conventional treatments?

Aside from the often cost-prohibitive nature of the conventional heartworm protocol most often recommended (called “Immiticide” or Melarsomine dihydrochloride) comes with a set of risky side effects. It is described as:

Melarsomine is an organic arsenical chemotherapeutic agent used in a veterinary hospital setting to treat dogs that are suffering from heartworm disease.” – Source: Wikipedia

Yikes. Sounds pretty heavy right? Well, it IS. Melarsomine is given intramuscularly (IM) deep in the lumbar (back) muscle. The Side Effects/Warnings include:

  • Not for use in dogs with Class 4 disease until the heartworms are removed surgically from the vena cava (large vein carrying blood back to the heart) as the risk of death is increased.
  • Animals with other diseases should be treated only with intense monitoring.
  • Death of the worms may cause coughing, fever, or weakness.
  • The dog must be kept quiet (cage rest) for 4-6 weeks after treatment to help decrease the risk of pulmonary embolism.
  • Repeat the antigen heartworm test 4 months after treatment.
  • Treating the heartworm disease may kill the pet, but if not treated, the heartworm disease is likely to kill the pet.
  • Use with caution in pregnant or nursing animals if unable to wait until a later date to treat.

Overdose/Toxicity
Low margin of safety. Need to have an accurate weight before treating. May see damage to the lungs or kidneys. May see drooling, panting, restlessness, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, lethargy, staggering, and difficulty breathing which may progress to collapse, coma, and death.

From http://www.fda.gov:

Melarsomine dihydrochloride (available under the trade names Immiticide and Diroban) is an arsenic-containing drug that is FDA-approved to kill adult heartworms in dogs. It’s given by deep injection into the back muscles to treat dogs with stabilized class 1, 2, and 3 heartworm disease. Another drug, Advantage Multi for Dogs (imidacloprid and moxidectin), is FDA-approved to get rid of microfilariae in the dog’s bloodstream. Advantage Multi for Dogs is a topical solution applied to the dog’s skin.

The treatment for heartworm disease is not easy on the dog or on the owner’s pocket book.  Treatment can be potentially toxic to the dog’s body and can cause serious complications, such as life-threatening blood clots to the dog’s lungs.  Treatment is expensive because it requires multiple visits to the veterinarian, bloodwork, x-rays, hospitalization, and a series of injections.

If you are panicking now, take a deep breath! It’s OK! There are other options available.

 

~The Natural Protocol~

Before I go any further, I would like to highlight some key, important points that set this natural protocol apart from others you may find during a “google search” on the internet.

  • This natural protocol has been used by me personally, and all stats/figures/results shared here are actual results from dogs who have undergone treatment with this program.
  • This is a multi-faceted protocol, developed with the guidance of an integrative veterinarian who has been involved throughout the process of developing and analyzing the success of the protocol
  • This is NOT a quick fix solution (but it is also far more effective than the “slow-kill” method you may have heard of using ivermectin-based treatments over the course of 1 year or more) – it is a multi-faceted combination of carefully selected ingredients and products that must be used in the proper doses to be effective.

Please do not be fooled by the vast amount of misinformation that can be found on the internet. If it seems too easy – it probably isn’t effective.

Carefully selected herbal ingredients:

This protocol has been developed with careful thought, research and input from a veterinarian to ensure it is both effective, and SAFE. In addition to the herbal combination given by capsule to your dog, you will also administer a liver & kidney protective complex to ensure your pet’s organ health throughout the process. You will receive an easy-to-follow dosing chart, based on your pet’s weight and (if you know it) their level of heartworm disease.

You will also receive a list of recommended supplements that can help increase your pet’s overall health, links to information regarding better nutrition for your pet, and email support to help you through the process.

The process is simple: once you place your order, you will receive a detailed guide to walk you through the dosing process. We will immediately begin processing your order to ship out with everything you need for the duration of treatment.You will follow the dosing chart provided to you, and administer the natural remedies – provided in capsule and tablet form – to your dog, along with a meal or a pill treat.

The natural protocol kit includes:

  • Herbal heartworm treatment and renal supportive supplements in capsule and tablet form
  • Dosing chart according to your pet’s weight and (if known) level of heartworm disease*
    • *There are four classes, or stages, of heartworm disease.  The higher the class, the worse the disease and the more obvious the symptoms.
      • Class 1:  No symptoms or mild symptoms such as an occasional cough.
      • Class 2:  Mild to moderate symptoms such as an occasional cough and tiredness after moderate activity.
      • Class 3:  General loss of body condition, a persistent cough, and tiredness after mild activity.  Trouble breathing and signs of heart failure are common. For class 2 and 3 heartworm disease, heart and lung changes are usually seen on chest x-rays.
      • Class 4:  Also called caval syndrome.  There is such a heavy worm burden that blood flowing back to the heart is physically blocked by a large mass of worms. Caval syndrome is life-threatening and quick surgical removal of the heartworms is the only treatment option.  The surgery is risky, and even with surgery, most dogs with caval syndrome die.
  • Detailed guide outlining the ingredients, background information on each ingredient and how they work in combination to kill both adult worms and microfilariae (baby worms) in a safe manner over the course of approximately 3 months*, minimizing the risk of the “fast die-off” that comes with immiticide treatment.
    • *dogs with higher worm burden may require longer treatment)
  • Detailed instructions on follow-up blood tests to track the progress of treatment
  • List of additional recommended natural supplements which help the body improve overall health
  • Links to resources from a Certified Canine Nutritionist on improving your pet’s diet – diet forms the foundation of overall health, afterall!
  • Ongoing personal email support throughout the whole process

* A PORTION OF PROCEEDS FROM SALES ARE DONATED TO RESCUE DOGS IN NEED!