Thursday, April 12, 2007

Heartworm Natural Treatment and Prevention Options

Does your vet tell you about natural heartworm prevention, or only about the chemicals that most vets recommend? Heartworm is a deadly condition which must be avoided by some type of prevention regime, and natural heartworm prevention works just as well as its chemical counterpart. What you need to know about preventing heartworm in your dog naturally …

Although it may seem like a harmless mosquito, the result can be much more devastating than one may assume. Heartworm can cause serious, and life-threatening, problems for dogs making it essential that you give them an ongoing herbal heartworm treatment of some sort. So what is the best natural heartworm prevention you may wonder?

So, what’s your take on mosquitoes? A pesky little fly which can bite you, draw your blood, and cause a nasty, itchy patch? Well, that’s the least damaging problem that mosquitoes can cause. For humans they can, in certain locations, cause the debilitating condition, Malaria. And for pets, they can cause heartworm. In case you’re uncertain as to what heartworm is, it is a life-threatening condition which, if left untreated, will prove fatal to your pet. Natural heartworm prevention is a viable alternative to the chemical heartworm prevention methods recommended by almost all vets.

The goal of herbal heartworm treatment is to kill the larvae off before they develop into adults. As soon as the larvae turn into adults, they fill the heart and block the flow of blood to the lungs. By giving the dog a pill, as recommended by many veterinarians, the ongoing small dosage can have toxic side-effects.

Mosquitoes are parasites, making it essential to get an anti-parasitic herbal heartworm treatment. A few anti-parasitic herbs will not only fight off mosquitoes, but also the common fleas and ticks.

One particular herbal heartworm treatment that is very effective on dogs is Geranium, which is oil that repels mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Make sure you use the Geranium oil externally, though. The same goes for Lavender Oil and Tea Tree oil – also good for repelling nasty parasites when applied externally. The best way is to add a few drops of these oils in their pure, essential oil form, to a spray bottle with water in it, and spray your dog at least twice per day, and preferably several times per day.

Some other herbs which have excellent anti-parasitic properties include Garlic, Black Walnut, Artemisia, Wormwood, Clove Fower Buds, Ginger Root, Turmeric, Spearmint, Hawthorn Berry, and Capsicum.. The key is in using the right combination of these herbs to do the best job, and these herbs are given to your dog as an interal cleanser – either in tablet form or as a powder sprinkled on your dog’s food or mixed with water and licked up as a paste. The taste is rather bitter, though, so many dogs are not keen on the taste. There is some evidence to suggest, however, that a dog with heartworm will readily lick up these herbs because the dog instinctively knows that the herbs are what he needs.

You can find more information on natural heartworm prevention, at the Heartworm Treatment and Prevention website where you can find articles, treatment methods and other information on how to treat heartworm naturally with herbs.

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