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Important Parasite Information:
Before adding toxic substances to your dog's body check to see how many heartworm cases are in your area: http://www.ovcnet.uoguelph.ca/PathoBio/ ... TWORM.html
*Temperature is very important for the maturation of the larvae. In order for the larvae to mature, a daytime temperature has to remain above 18 C for one month. Even a slight dip below 14 C will retard the maturation.
*If you are in a high risk area for heartworm infestation have your dog tested every six months (Spring and Fall). This allows early detection and less toxic measures can then be taken.
*TheraHeart - Holistic Natural Heartworm Prevention and Remedy:
If you feel you must medicate check out this link first:
Dr. Ray Dillon, a well known heartworm researcher at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine, several years ago attempted to parasitize stray dogs taken from animal control facilities in Mississippi (according to pound seizure laws). To give a meaningful comparison, when dogs that are bred for research are given 100 heartworm microfilaria, 97-99 typically become adult worms in the dog's heart and pulmonary arteries. These 4-5 year old strays, who had been thoroughly tested and found heart wormfree and free of antibody or antigen, averaged 3-5 adult worms from a 100 microfilaria dose. Thus, Dr. Dillon realized the dogs had to be immune to survive into adulthood in such a heartworm endemic area. “I'd guess this supports the contention that stressors, especially vaccination, render dogs more susceptible to heart worm infestation (as well as to parvovirus, etc.).
Heartworm Alternative Treatment:
The standard treatment for heartworm (intravenous arsenic) hasn't changed much in the last half of this century. Before I get into a recent development that shows great promise, I should mention that back in March 1993 an article in 'Veterinary Forum' pointed out that studies from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania indicated that when Ivermectin or Milbemycin were given to heartworm positive dogs at the regular preventive dose, progressive microfilaria suppression was demonstrated. After approximately seven to eight months, most dogs were free of circulating microfilaria. Milbemycin appears to interfere with heartworm embryogeneses, and Ivermectin also has a suppressive effect on nematode reproduction. Thus the use of these drugs can be considered as an alternative modality for treatment. Evidently this form of treatment is an 'extra-label use' and an informed consent should be signed by an owner before embarking upon this course. How many vets have ever mentioned this alternative? Now for the exciting news! An all-breed rescue club in Florida has been getting astounding results in treating heartworm cases with a homeopathic detoxsode for parasites called 'Paratox'. Please understand that these are 'rescue' dogs that were in pretty sad condition when brought to them. For example, there was a German Shepherd that was so infested with heartworm that the attending vet commented that it was the worst case he had ever seen without the dog being dead! In this particular case, they did a 5 day course of 'Clearing' (another homeopathic remedy made by the same company) prior to the Paratox treatment. When the dog was rechecked in 6 weeks, the infestation was deemed to be 'very light'. They repeated the Paratox treatment and subsequent testing showed the dog to be 'clear'! So far, they have treated about 20 cases with 100% success! Evidently they can see a physical change in 2 weeks! Better color, more vitality, etc. Another nice thing about this method is that they don't have to restrict the animals during treatment. The treatment is both gentle and simple, easy to administer and has no side effects! In general, for dogs over 25 lbs, 5cc of Paratox is given orally, once a day for 24 days. One 40oz. bottle supplies a complete treatment. For smaller dogs, they have been using 2cc per day for 24 days. For giant breeds and severely compromised dogs they have been using double the usual daily dose (i.e.10cc for 24 days). What about cost? I'm not sure if you are aware that the standard 'arsenic' treatment can run well over $1,000.00. The alternative of using Ivermectin or Milbemycin is suggested to be for people that suffer from a 'thin wallet'. I'm sure you all know the cost of these drugs. Cost of one bottle of Paratox? Are you ready for this, $18.00!! How effective is it? As you are probably aware, the 'snap' test currently being used to detect heartworm, registers titer levels and is sensitive enough to detect the presence of even one microfilaria or one worm. After one Paratox treatment, titers begin to drop in a very short time and within 3 to 4 months, usually register negative. By the way, I should mention that the results of the 'snap' test should be read within 6 to 8 minutes for a true result. Otherwise the test will show a false 'positive' reading. I now feel greatly relieved to know that I can use the heartworm nosode for prevention and in the rare event that it doesn't provide the needed protection, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use Paratox as a safe, cost effective, treatment. Thank you, thank you, Florida Rescue for this wonderful 'breeder network' information. (end of article) with thanks from:
PO Box 1436
Jacksonville, OR. 97530
Phone: (541) 899-2080
The other daily heartworm preventative drug DEC (Diethylcarbamazine) may cause lesions, according to an article published in Veterinary Medicine, 10, 1988 entitled Investigating reports of adverse reactions to DEV-OBZ anthelmintic wormer. Necropsy performed on a dog that was on DEC and died, revealed multiple neoplastic lesions in the liver and spleen.
Some of the adverse reactions reported were:
Drug induced liver disease
Elevated serum enzyme concentration
DOGS DIE FROM THESE PARASITE POISONS
Advantage and Frontline
According to the Vet's Bible, Kirk's manual, Currant Veterinary Therapy X11, pages 1142-1143, the drug Ivermectin is listed as one of the drugs that can induce Central Nervous System Depression of the brain, spinal cord, and coma. It can cause toxic reactions by passing through the blood brain barrier and affecting the mammal's central nervous system.
The Serious neurotoxic reactions to ivermectin are:
Ataxia, an inability to co-ordinate voluntary muscular movements
Mild to severe Central Nervous System Depression
Some dogs develop:
Mydriasis, long continued or excessive dilation of the pupil of the eye
Decreased menace response, less able to respond to danger of threat or harm
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