Natural Heartworm Prevention

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heartworm preventionIn Australia, and, I understand in most of the U.S. as well as many other countries of the world, heartworm in dogs is rampant, and is of course a potentially life threatening condition.Heartworm is caused by mosquitoes, so if you live in an area that has ANY mosquitoes, your dog is at risk of contracting heartworm.

Ask your vet if you’re in any doubt, because so far as I know, all vets in at risk areas recommend that we guard against heartworm by giving our dogs heartworm tablets.

Before I knew any better, I followed my vet’s advice to give my dogs conventional heartworm medication – Heartgard was the one I used. But guess what? It’s comprised of a chemical insecticide – it’s called Ivermectin. I certainly wouldn’t want to ingest chemicals, would you?

Neither does your dog.

Well, at least, your dog doesn’t know any better, and may well even like the taste of the heatworm medication your vet probably recommends if you’re using the monthly meds (the manufacturer flavors them so animals love to eat them as if they’re treats). But think about it. Swallowing even small amounts of chemicals must be bad for your dog.

My choice initially was conventional heartworm tablets on a daily basis – they’re pretty expensive, and my dogs did’nt like taking them. They’re the ordinary hard type of tablet. And as you know, my Staffie, Jet, is a nightmare with tablets, so if there’s an alternative, I use it!

The second choice, therefore, was a monthly “tablet”, only these were of the tasty, chewable variety I was just talking about. My dogs loved them. So I always used the monthly heartworm treatment. These were the Heartgard tablets – again, they were chNatural Heartworm Preventionemicals.

I found they weren’t ideal even from a convenience point of view, because I have been guilty of forgetting to give them to my dogs from time to time. Sometimes for several weeks. And this is not good from your dog’s point of view. Because if they miss a treatment, they can contract heartworm, which is a potentially fatal ailment.

But as I mentioned, that was before I really thought about the whole idea of feeding my dogs chemicals with possible very nasty side effects.The good news is that there is a completely natural and non-toxic herbal heartworm prevention available. And, believe it or not, it also prevents all types of worms – heartworm, roundworm, and tapeworm! So you don’t have to give the normal worming tablets (that are also toxic) or the heartworm prevention medication – you just give one remedy to prevent ALL types of worms.

It’s here – Natural Heartworm PreventionPrevent Worms in Your Dog 

And you can order it directly online – a great convenience!

And what’s even better is that you can use a non-toxic alternative to Heartgard AND save money – the recommended dosage for this to prevent heartworm is to give these capsules for a three week period once every six months. So it’s very economical as well!
This product contains a number of herbs that inhibit worms of all types, and will ensure that your dog stays healthy and free from heartworm (and other worms).

How? The herbal combination actually works by expelling the worms before they can take hold if an infestation does start, and by cleansing your dog’s digestive system in order to keep it healthy and unattractive to these nasty parasites.

If your dog already has heartworm, I actually recommend another Natural Heartworm Treatment program – because I know this treatment program really does work for established heartworm, and if your dog has heartworm you don’t want to mess around. Heartworm will kill your dog if left untreated, and the conventional treatments can make your dog very sick before he/she gets better, and can even kill your dog.

7 thoughts on “Natural Heartworm Prevention

  1. Debbie


    I read your Healthy Happy Dogs newsletter & it talks about a product called “worm out”. You can buy Diatomeous Earth (spelling ?) & it will work & probably a lot cheaper.

    I bought 50#s for about $18.00 from a company that uses it in cattle stuff.

    I am hesitant about a natural hw preventative, if you read the Whole Dog Journal they have been researching this for years & no natural product has been proven to work long term.

    Thank you.

  2. Brigitte Smith

    Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for your input. My understanding of Diatomaceous Earth is that it comes in differing grades, and that the grade used for farm animals and other uses is not suitable for pets. But more than that I can’t tell you. Possibly that’s a marketing ploy to get us to buy a more expensive product. But I personally wouldn’t want to take that chance.

    Currently, I use products containing Diatomaceous Earth for flea control – and apply the product externally.

    One of the components of Worm-Out is Diatomaceous Earth, but it also contains other ingredients. I don’t think Worm-Out is available at the moment, in any event. The product I’m currently using for heartworm prevention is Parasite Dr – see here –

    Parasite Dr can apparently be used to cure heartworm, so its credentials on preventing heartworm seem pretty good.

    On the topic of treatment of established heartworm, though, I personally would go for the treatment program here – and – I personally know of people who have used this treatment system for established heartworm, and their dogs have recovered – untreated, heartworm is a fatal condition.

    There seems to be some dispute in relation to many natural products. The dispute sometimes arises because the products have not been clinically tested like drugs are. This is usually because of funding – the drug companies have huge budgets for clinical trials and can then publish those results in support of whatever the drug is said to do. Without a clinical trial, evidence of a product working cannot, in some peoples’ minds, be conclusive.

    Please note, however, that I am not a vet and I have no veterinary training whatsoever. I speak only from my own very limited experiences as a dog owner like yourself.


  3. Donna Smith


    I know you are not a vet, but my vet knows nothing about natural pet care and I can’t afford the one that does. My daughter found a beagle at a gas station that had been abandoned. She brought it to the vet and then gave it to us. The dog had all kinds of worms and the vet said he has heartworms. I researched and found your website and many websites that link to yours. So I bought all the products to do the natural heartworm treatment. I gave my dog the recommended amount of each item. In about 3 weeks he began having bloody diarrhea and vomiting. I had to take him to the vet because he was dehydrated. His condition improved so I began the treatment again. Within two weeks he was back at the vet with the same symptoms. The vet can find no cause for them. He has been free of any kind of diarrhea and vomiting for 3 weeks now. He doesn’t seem to be going back to it. I haven’t given him the herbs since the last vet visit. Do you think it is possible that the dosage was too strong for him? Do you think I could try again with smaller dosages? Have you heard of this happening with other dogs?

    Again, I know you are not a vet. I will not consider anything you tell me as medical advice. I just know that you’ve had experience with this treatment. Have you seen this happen with other dogs? I would just like to know your opinion on this.

    Thank you,

    Donna Smith

  4. Brigitte Smith

    Hi Donna,

    I haven’t heard of the heartworm treatment herbs causing diarrhea before, but I know that some dogs (and people) are more sensitive to herbs than others. So I think you are probably on the right track in your thought that a lower dose might suit your dog better.

    Certainly, as a preventative, a lower dose is used, so a lower dose is effective for preventing heartworm in the first place. I guess it could be a matter of finding the happy medium – a dose that is high enough to actually kill off the heartworm, but not so high that it gives your dog the side effect of the diarrhea.

    The other alternative you might want to try is the Parasite Doctor product – the manufacturers certainly say it works as a treatment. I recommend that product as a preventative but not as a treatment only because I do not personally know of anyone who has used it as a treatment, so I am unable to give any personal experience on its effectiveness. I do know of several people who have successfully treated heartworm in their dogs with the Nature’s Sunshine herbal heartworm program. That’s why I recommend the Nature’s Sunshine herbs for treatment.


  5. Donna Smith


    I waited 4 weeks to make sure “Shoeshine” had no more bouts of diarrhea. I then gave him 1 of the Artemisia combination per day in the morning for a week. The next week I gave him 1 of the artemisia combo and 1 of the HS II in the morning. I am writing to get your recommendation for moving on to this week. Do you think I should add an artemisia combo capsule in the morning or evening or the black walnut? I know I am moving slowly, but I am afraid of overdoing it. He almost died the first time of dehydration.

    How will I know that the dose I give him is enough to kill the heartworms? He is in the early stage of the heartworm infestation. I realize that this is a long term treatment, but the vet is anxious to do heartworm treatment soon, which obviously I do not want to do. How pressing is this problem? Do I have plenty of time to work through this natural method of ridding him of heartworms?

    Thank you for your help.


  6. Brigitte Smith

    Hi Donna,

    It’s really very difficult to know. I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to say that you have “plenty” of time, but the earlier you have discovered the heartworms in Shoeshine, the more time you would have before they really take hold.

    Because it is the combination of products that works so well, I would say that it would be better to add the Black Walnut, since you are already giving the Artemisia Combination and the HSII Combination, albeit in small doses.

    I also don’t know what weight Shoeshine is. The dosage information is here –

    In general terms, I believe it would be sensible to give small amounts of all the products, and then build up the dose of all of them (one at a time if you like), to ensure that Shoeshine is tolerating the dosage level.

    Again, I stress that I am not a vet, and so these suggestions are purely from what I consider would be a logical thing to do in these circumstances.

    It would be sensible to have Shoeshine re-checked for heartworm by your vet within the next few weeks at most, to make sure that the heartworms are not actually progressing. If they are, you will need to act much more quickly, and if the herbs don’t agree with Shoeshine at a higher dose, you may need to consider whatever your vet is recommending (although the chemical Ivermectin treatments to get rid of heartworm are very hard on the dog’s body, and can make them very ill – I think any vet would agree that this is the case).

    It’s a very difficult situation for you.

    Keep us posted as to Shoeshine’s progress.


  7. Betty Stenzel

    Brigitte, I’m a care giver for a husband with dementia and have little spare time for baking “treats” for my beloved dog (unless it’s super simple). I’ve changed my pet’s food to mostly organic which I’ve ordered from your site. Now I need to find a healthy organic dog treat that I can use for positive reinforcement. I need something quite small to limit his intake of calories, since I use it periodically throughout the day. I carry them in my pocket jeans so they also need to be dry. What do you recommend?
    —Betty Stenzel

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