Heartworm is a condition caused by bites of mosquitoes. Not all mosquitoes are contaminated but if it does carry this infection, it can transmit larvae into the animal’s tissue which travels to its bloodstream. When not treated immediately, the larva reaches adulthood and travels on to latch itself on its host’s vital organs. When this happens, results are oftentimes fatal… Read more »
Conventional and other methods of heartworm prevention are still most effective. From time to time various homeopathic, natural or herbal heartworm products are touted as cures or preventives from heartworm disease. But what do you do if your dog is diagnosed with heartworm?
One of the most common ailments in dogs is worm infestations. Worms are parasites that live inside the animal and cause different problems, depending on the type of worm your pet has. Generally, there are five major types of worms, roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm, whipworm and the dreaded heartworm. All of these can cause light to serious complications and should never be left untreated. First, letâ€™s look at the different types of parasite and what dog worm symptoms each type may cause.
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?
Heartworm medication – daily, monthly or annually? Chemicals or natural alternatives? The fact that we are seeing more and more advertisements for annual heartworm medication to prevent heartworms is quite alarming, I think. It is an issue that has concerned me for some time. Just today I read the following excellently researched article that I believe sets out the facts… Read more »