Natural Heartworm Prevention: Homeopathic Opinion by Dr. Falconer

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I’m interested in learning about natural heartworm prevention. I have a seven year old English Cocker Spaniel who has been dewormed with Drontal Plus/Cantel every three months as a precaution. He was dewormed with Cantel in February 2013, and for some reason, the vet also dewormed him with Strongid in March (which was about a month apart rather than the usual 3 months). My concern now is that he is aging, and I am worried about overvaccinating and overdrugging him but still want to maintain adequate protection for him. What would you recommend for natural heartworm prevention? We live in Cincinnati, OH these days and were wondering if you could answer our questions:
1. My dog goes out for walks at the dog park. How often does he need to be dewormed, or should we only stick to deworming based on yearly fecal results and/or signs of parasites in poop?

2. Should we put him on a heartworm preventative? He has been on ivermectin treatments before while being treated for mange and ticks, so I remember the days he used to be very lethargic. What is a a safe heartworm preventative you would suggest, and how often should we use it in Cincinnati? (He was not on heartworm prevention before since the vet said mosquitoes were not a problem in that region before we moved to Cincinnati.)

 

Answer:
As to deworming, it’s exceedingly rare for adult dogs to get worms, except perhaps for tapeworms, which are the most benign worm on the planet. The drug is likely worse than the worm. You can use fecal tests to verify the presence or absence of worms and decide from there. I would never recommend routine deworming.

Heartworm prevention is important, though it need not necessarily be done with toxic drugs. You may want to read my ebook, entitled Drug Free Heartworm Prevention on natural heartworm prevention. My patients, living in far more heartworm intense areas than yours, have successfully remained heartworm free for years by following this protocol.
The top 5 areas crucial to health and heartworm prevention relate to: Nutrition, Vaccination (an interesting and widely debated topic between conventional and holistic practitioners), Toxic Exposure, Disease Outcomes, and Lifestyle.
You can prevent heartworms in your dog by reducing their exposure to mosquitos. With Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home natural pest repellent, you can protect your dog by quickly spraying them before going outside. This powerful repellent keeps away the mosquitoes that carry the heartworm, thus reducing your dog’s chances of being infected.
You’ve asked a holistic veterinarian for his opinion on all these questions. A conventional vet will quite likely disagree with most everything I’ve written. It’s ultimately up to you to decide what prevention track makes sense to you. I’d caution you against following Dr. WhiteCoat’s track. I’ve seen too many animals health be ruined by doing “prevention” that way.
Dr. Will Falconer
Certified Veterinary Homeopath
Vital Animal | The Natural Path
Holistic options for your animals:
For a safe approach to heartworm prevention, visit wondercide.com to learn about Wondercide Natural Flea and Tick Spray.

 

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