Heartworm, it’s kind of a big deal…or is it? We are all soooo worried about heartworm but what I’ve learned over the past few years is that most people don’t even know why they’re afraid of it. They only know they should be. Most people don’t know what it is, how their dog can get it, what it does to the body, all they know is their vet scared the crap out of them and made them buy heartgard because “heartworm can kill”. I won’t say that’s not true. Heartworm can be a terrible disease when left untreated.. I do however believe that heartworm is hyped up to the point where you are guilted into giving your dog potentially harmful heartworm meds much like parvo and distemper and bordatella are hyped up so that much you are afraid of NOT giving your pets the vaccines. It’s not fair to us and it’s not fair to our pets. Learn the facts, make your own decisions, do what makes sense for yourpet, your lifestyle, and your location! I was going to post a picture of a dog’s heart infested with heartworms but not only is it super gross and you’d probably never eat spaghetti again but, I really don’t want to scare you. I want to educate you.
Here are the main facts when it comes to contracting heartworm:
- The temperature needs to stay above 57 degrees for 8 to 30 days.
- A mosquito has to bite a dog that already has microfilaria in its bloodstream.
- That mosquito has to then bite your dog or cat 8-30 days later.
- It takes 5-8 months for larvae to become adult heartworms.
Are you aware that heartworm meds are loaded with lead, arsenic, and all kinds of toxins? How do you think it kills the heartworm?! Many holistic vets believe that heartworm meds are more dangerous than the actual disease. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 65% of adverse drug reactions and 48% of all reported deaths resulting from drug reactions are caused by heartworm “preventatives”. I put quotations around “preventatives” because…psst here’s a dirty little secret – Heartworm “preventatives” aren’t preventatives at all!! Those meds don’t prevent heartworm, they KILL heartworm already in your dog’s system. So, if your dog doesn’t have heartworm and you give your dog heartworm meds every single month what do you suppose the heartworm meds are doing while they’re swirling around in your dog’s bloodstream NOT killing heartworm? Hhmmm, interesting question isn’t it? If only there was a better way…. oh wait, there is! Get this – it takes 5-8 months for the larvae to turn into adult heartworm. “They” say you shouldn’t treat a dog with heartworm meds after the larvae has turned into adults. If it takes at minimum 5 months for larvae to become adults then doesn’t it make sense to simply test your dog every 4 months? If your dog does test positive just treat with the heartworm pill. Here’s one more thinker for you before I sign off – If you live in Wisconsin like me or any state that has a real winter (and by real winter i mean snow, ice, and the death every plant, insect, bird, flip flops, your will to live and your soul) ask yourself “How many mosquitos do I see in the winter?” Signing off with a great big virtual hug!