Bandit, an adorable little black dog was diagnosed with a moderate/severe case of heartworms in January of 2000. Robin, Bandit's "mom" was told by the vet that Bandit had only 6 months or so to live. She suggested he be put on steroids and to make his life as comfortable as possible.
Robin refused to accept this sad outcome and made a call to a dear friend who had used herbs to treat her pets for many years. Together, they developed a program based on research of books written by holistic veterinarians and other herbal pet books that included Artemesia Combination and Black Walnut as the antiparasitic herbs and HSII and COQ10 to support the heart, lungs and circulatory system. Banditís story was written up in the August, 2002 issue of Whole Dog Journal.
Bandit's most recent heartworm test in September, 2005, was negative and the vet could no longer detect the very slight heart murmur that was heard at last exam! Robin attributes this to his daily doses of COQ10 and Hawthorn Berries.
The treatment program consists of four (and usually five) Nature's Sunshine elements, each of which plays an important part in combatting deadly Heartworm infestation:
1. Artemisia Combination
2. HSII Combination for Heart and Circulatory System
3. Black Walnut
4. CoQ10 Plus
Many dogs with Heartworm experience a very nasty cough and/or bloating. If your dog has either or both of these symptoms, you should add to your treatment program:
In addition, it is highly recommended that you use a spray spritz of a combination of
6. Tea Tree Oil, and
7. Lavender Oil
on your dog's fur to keep those dreaded mosquitoes (which are the cause of Heartworm) away from your dog. (Just 4 drops of each oil in 1 cup of water in a spray bottle).
NOTEWe can only reccomend the use of Young Living's pure essential oils.
Basic Dosage Guidelines
"Just like humans, dogs are different depending on age, breed, overall health, severity of infestation and activity level. If you are not sure what is the best recipe for your dog, please email me and include: age, weight and breed of your dog, when diagnosed and how severe of a case your dog has, list all symptoms, tell me about your pet's health in general and list all vitamins/medications/herbs your dog is taking and what brand of food you are feeding. This site is not meant to diagnose or prescribe, information provided is a general guideline - for a dog with a mild to moderate case, who is in good health, is not of advanced age and is displaying little or no symptoms is...
Weight 10-30 lbs
2 Artemisia capsules given at night before bed and upon waking in the morning on an empty stomach
1-2 COQ10Plus capsules and
1-2 HSII capsules mixed with food at a.m. and p.m. meals
* (adjust accordingly depending on if your dog is at the lower end of the scale or higher end)
1/4 capsule Black Walnut capsules mixed with food once per day 5 days per week
Weight 31-75 lbs
3 Artemisia capsules given at night before bed and upon waking in the morning on an empty stomach
2 COQ10Plus capsules and
2 HSII capsules mixed with food at a.m. and p.m. meals
* (dogs at the 70 lb weight and up may benefit just as well from one COQ10 30 mg capsule twice a day, which is a cost savings for you)
1/2 capsule Black Walnut capsules mixed with food once per day 5 days per week
Although neither Robin nor I can guarantee the same results (or any result) in your dog, there have been many, many dogs who have now followed both the treatment program or the maintenance program (or both), with excellent results.
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