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    Any heartworm home remedies out there

    Hay everyone,

    We found our girl Chevelle on Dec. 22, 2009 she was on the side of the road and almost got hit by a car so my fiance brought her home we posted found dog signs and had her checked for a micro chip but when no had contacted us we decided to keep her and when we took her to the vet we found out she has heart worms we cant afford treatment it is very expensive she gets her heart worm pill every month to keep them from multiplying she doesnt have any symptoms no coughing or change in diet no change in her personality. We dont want to have her put to sleep because the vet said that they can die off and never effect anything but her heart and lungs that she could live to be old and wrinkly and have a long beautiful life. I was wondering if there is a home remedy that someone might know of to help us kill them off sooner. We just cant fit treatment into our budget we are only 21 and 22 Im a stay at home wife and he goes to work us being so young and with not much credit the bank wont give us a personal loan so if anyone has any suggestions on how to help her fight them off at home

    thank you so much for your help

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    Re: Any heartworm home remedies out there

    Call your area shelters and talk to one of the shelter vets about ivermectin for cattle and swine.. Its the slow kill method that really works but it really all depends on the severity of the infection. I foster dogs from several shelters here that use this protocol with dogs in foster homes..But it should be prescribed by a vet and thats who needs to help you with proper procedure.

    Im sure you can find someone to help you. Plead your case. And thanks for helping that pup.

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    Well thank you so much for your help I will try this and call around I hope it works please everyone keep the feed back coming I will try anything if the her vet okays it.

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    Hi Chev,

    I know this is a tough situation for you. Wanting to help this little girl but unable to afford the treatment - I've personally been through this and have worked with too many owners who are/were in the same predicament.

    First, I applaud you for saving this little girl's life and giving her a good home. Even more so for going ahead and getting her on heartworm preventative.

    Heartworms - where to start? To quote a small animal cardiologist I had as a professor, "Heartworm disease is more of a lung disease than a heart disease." Although these guys reside mostly in the right heart, their real threat is to the lungs. They are notorious for causing fibrosis of the pulmonary/lung capillary beds. They cause massive pulmonary hypertension = thickening and inflammation around the alveoli of the lungs = classic coughing you associate with advanced heartworm disease and decreases the oxygenation of blood when it gets to the lungs ==== all bad.

    The disease and its progression are directly related how much exercise the dog gets. One particular study done at a veterinary school looked at this. They took 2 groups of dogs and manually went in and put adult heartworms in each group. One group got ~ 50 worms and was kept very inactive. The other group got ~14 (which, is also the average worm burden as well) and was allowed a high amount of exercise. Well, the 14-worm group had significantly worse disease after only 6 months than the 50-worm group had after 1.5 years.

    Treatment - As you already stated, the adulticide (injections) method would be more expensive. After tons of research, cardiologists and internal medicine specialists have concluded that this is the #1 preferred method of treatment. Most of them that I have either talked to or read their publications state that the "slow kill" method is really a last resort if the adulticide is just absolutely not a possibility for the owner. The guy that first "discovered" the slow kill method (McCall I think his name is??) used heartgard and showed that it could work over a 2-3 year period in dogs that were pretty much caged the entire time - which, isn't going to happen in real life. Recent data has shown that the slow kill method doesn't always get all the worms and the dog still develops lung disease. Some have also theorized that a constant bathing of the worms in ivermectin will cause resistance to it as well (not sure of the validity there?).

    I'm not trying to convince you to do anything. I just want you to be able to make a well informed decision when it comes to the treatment of your dog. I may suggest calling around to different animal hospitals and seeing which vets could offer the adulticidal treatment at a lower cost and/or with a possible payment plan before deciding on the slow, ivermectin route.

    Don't hesitate to PM me or whatever if there's anything more you'd like to know about this disease or treatment options.

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    Re: Any heartworm home remedies out there

    Well I have called around and there is no were around here that we can afford we are pushed to our budget now as it is so no more payments can be tacked on to our bills I feel real bad about not being able to completely fix the problem right know but the vet says that she is healthy and should probably be able to fight them off I was just wondering if there was anything at home that I could do to help her

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    Re: Any heartworm home remedies out there

    My aunt, who definitely is not financially limited, opted for the "slow kill" method on her Yorkie. He was diagnosed with heartworm disease when he was ~4 years old. He took Heartgard monthly and was tested yearly after his diagnosis; after ~3 years, he started testing negative. He never had any problems associated with his heart or lungs. He died in his sleep in January. He was 15 years old. Although he was mostly a pampered inside dog, he was never kept caged and had a normal activity level throughout his disease.

    I have a little dog (Yorkie/schnauzer?) that I adopted from a shelter who was HW+ when I got him. He's about 4 years old and cannot play or exercise much at all without hacking and coughing. I cannot help but think there's a direct correlation between his heartworm disease/treatment/coughing.

    I guess my point is that while the adulticide treatment is obviously the most ideal, every dog responds differently to treatments. I know of a few vets who recommend the "slow kill" method over the adulticide treatment regardless of finances. (My aunt's veterinarian is one of them.)

    Oh, and OP, I used to live in Summerville.


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    Well hearing that makes me feel much better she coughs every now and again but not often and not for long she is very active and hipper she runs and keeps up with the other dogs at the dog parks and she is so full of fun personality so I think she is going to be fine I just wish I could help her more but she will be tested once or twice a year and faithfully be givin her medicine monthly

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