The following includes the facts concerning how our dog, Onyx, was healed from heartworms without the $300 Immiticide (arsenic-based) injections.
(About Immiticide, there are two injections a day apart. The dog must stay in a tightly confined place for a month. That's because if the dog runs, the heart and lungs will be working at greater stress, and being that's where the heartworms are, and the Immiticide, it's a high risk of bringing on a heart attack to the dog. With the herbal treatment, the dog runs and plays at will. There was only one night she was listless, like she was sick, but she got over it in a few hours.)
I want to share this success story with other pet owners who are also concerned about the risks of the treatment, and are looking for alternative treatments.
On June 23, 2004, we took Onyx to the vet for the first time (it turns out, in her life).
She tested positive for heartworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Vets treat heartworms with shots of Immiticide, which is a derivative of Arsenic.
Being that she's only 2 to 2-1/2 years old, the vet said we had a few months to save the money for the procedure, but we'd have to get prepared to keep her movement restricted during the month following the injections. Her lungs and heart checked out healthy, so the heartworms haven't done detectable damage so far.
I was concerned about the health risks, even death, that could result from this, so I checked into alternative methods.
I read two books:
The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein, DVM
We started the Pet Parasite Program right away. I also added a clove of garlic to both her morning and evening meals.
Before we went on our summer vacation in July, I had her fecal test taken to see where she was for the other worms. Negative. We did use the liquid medicine from the vet to treat her, in addition to the herbs.
Friday, January 14, 2005: We had been consistent with the program for several months. We decided to check the blood again to see if the herbs had worked.
The vet tech told me that she was surprised that Onyx tested negative, and had a vet confirm it. There are two tests used to check for heartworms: the microscope and culture test. The culture takes about 15 minutes. She asked me for the dosage of herbs to write it in her chart.
I tried to get this experience published in the main stream press. There were a couple of papers interested, but no one wrote the story. For those who live in humid, highly mosquito-populated areas, heartworms is a worry among pet owners. I hope this message helps others, please spread the word, the mainstream press won't!