Natural Support Information for Heartworm Positive Dogs
HeartWorm Free™ will help your dog become heartworm negative all by itself, but if desired, there are other natural supportive measures you can take to help strengthen
and boost your dog's immune system which can help her or him overcome heartworm disease more quickly and easily. Here are a few natural supportive health care thoughts
you can give to help your canine companion:
- Excellent nutrition is always important. The stronger the immune system is the healthier we
and our companions are and the easier it is for us or them to overcome disease. If you have not already considered doing so,
feeding species appropriate nutrition is excellent for your beloved canine companion. Lots of information about feeding species
appropriate raw food (SARF), bones and raw food (BARF) or a more holistic "human grade" kibble for our carnivorous canines can be found at our
Wolf Creek Ranch Animal Nutrition webpage.
- Feed raw heart - chicken, turkey, beef heart, etc. is excellent to nourish the heart in dogs that have heart dis-ease,
such as heartworm. Feeding raw heart will help replenish some of the vital nutrients your dog's heart is lacking from the heartworm infestation.
And yes, IF your dog absolutely refuses to eat it raw, you may cook it, but it is best to feed it raw. Some of our client's advise once they
started feeding the raw heart, their dog refused to eat kibble!
- Feed raw liver - chicken, turkey, beef liver, etc. is excellent to nourish and cleanse the liver. Since the liver is
affected in canine heartworm cases, feeding liver will help nourish the dog's liver with nutrients it is lacking from the heartworm
infestation, plus it provides tons of excellent, easily assimilated vitamin A and iron. We recommend feeding raw liver at least 3 to 4 days/week.
- Feed raw kidney - beef, chicken, etc. for the same reasons above. Feed 3 to 4 days/week.
- Hawthorn berries - Hawthorn is already one of the excellent natural herbal ingredients in the HWF™ formula, but
you can supplement a little more in your canine friend's diet if desired. Hawthorn strengthens and stabilizes the heart. We have found
hawthorn berries is one of the ONLY herbs our canines will willingly consume. I like to grind the dried berries fresh or give them whole.
You can purchase hawthorn capsules, berries, tinctures, or extracts at many health food stores. Or you can purchase the
Hawthorn & Dandelion herbal tincture.
- CoQ10 - has excellent antioxidant properties and is excellent for heart support. Some info about CoQ10, L-Carnitine, Taurine, Omega 3
Fatty Acids, & Vitamin E can be found
- Food grade diatomaceous earth - is an excellent natural way to eliminate all intestinal worms - rounds, whips, hooks, tapeworms, so feed daily, it will keep
your furry loved one (and you for that matter) stronger and healthier. If your dog has no intestinal worms, she/he will absorb the nutrients from her/his
food more fully which will help boost the immune system.
More information about food grade diatomaceous earth
- Feed raw liver - at least 2 to 3 days/week. Liver contains LOTS of Vitamin A which is great for the immune system, skin, coat, lungs, etc., but most of all, liver contains lots of
iron which helps prevent anemia. It is common for dogs infested with heartworm to get anemia, so providing a good natural source of iron in their diet is important.
Cook it if your dog won't eat it any other way, but raw liver is best. IF you are concerned about liver toxicity, you can purchase organic liver at a health food store.
- Give your dog distilled drinking water. This will help keep unnecessary toxins out of your dog's diet.
- Give plant based vitamins and minerals. This will give your dog the nutrients it needs to help recover. Supplements that
contain excellent vitamins and minerals such as Organic Kelp, Spirulina, Chlorella.
- Exercise will stimulate the circulation. Just do not allow your dog to over exercise, such as breeding, racing, etc.
- Do not vaccinate your dog while he or she has heartworms. Every vaccine vial advises to NEVER vaccinate an unhealthy being.
When a dog has heartworm disease vaccines lower her or his immune system. More vaccination information
- Do NOT give traditional flea or tick preventatives. These products are poisons that poison the blood, kidneys, liver, etc. and
lower your dog's immune system. For natural flea and tick preventative information, go to our
Natural No Flea Information Page
- Give Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in his or her food or drinking water. ACV contains lots of great vitamins and minerals and has
at least 101 health benefits - great for arthritis, skin, coat, digestion, mange, parasite repellent properties, etc. 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. 2x/day
in food or water. ACV is excellent for people too!
- Proper HWF dose: Often, dogs infested with heartworm lose weight, as the heartworm infestation makes them less hungry and
active. Most dogs gain weight while using HWF™, as the heartworms are killed and the dog becomes more active, their appetite returns. It is
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to make certain your dog is getting the proper HWF™ dose, based on their weight. We recommend weighing
dogs that are close to the top of their dosage weight range at least once/week and once they reach the next weight level dosage,
start them on that proper dosage immediately. Failure to do this can result in a longer treatment time. So, please, weigh your
dog regularly to make sure he or she is getting the proper dose of HWF™.
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and yours be in good health always.
*The information on this web site is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or veterinarian. This information
is not intended as a substitute for the reader's independent judgment and personal responsibility. Health issues are far too important to delegate
to anyone else. It is highly recommended you research and seek information and counsel from as wide a variety of sources as possible, so you can make
well informed educated decisions about you, your child's, or your pet's health, as in the end YOU make the decisions.