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Dr. Ray Dillon, a well known heartworm researcher at Aubur 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. â€œI'd guess this supports the contention that stressors, especially vaccination, render dogs more susceptible to heart worm infestation (as well as to parvovirus, etc.).â€?
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:
Marina Zacharias, Ambrican Enterprises, PO Box 1436, Jacksonville, OR. 97530
Phone: (541) 899-2080.
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