Common Sense For Diarrhea
To guard or not to guard. . . that is the question.
© 2008 Corinna Bollmann, Pet Care Made Easy
Heartworm is a parasite that gets transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes. Larvae enter the bloodstream and migrate to the heart.
Larvae live in the heart for six months before they turn into adults. If an animal tests positive for heartworm, he can be treated in an effective and safe way, unless the infestation has been present for a long time (3-4 years).
Most holistic practitioners and alternative veterinarians will explain that the healthy pet, that eats a good diet, is vaccine free, and is not currently on any heartworm medication or chemical flea and tick preventatives, most likely has a strong immune system that will fight off heartworm.
None of the larvae will survive and become adults.
In the unlikely event that some of the larvae should manage to survive to adulthood, it is not the death sentence that many vets and pharmaceutical companies want us to believe.
A truly healthy dog will not be a hospitable host. His strong immune system will weaken heartworms and the pet should be able to fight them off with no lasting ill effects to his health.
Dr. William Falconer, a homeopathic veterinarian in Austin, Texas states: “The heartworm has been out there forever as far as we know, but we don’t read reports of wolves and coyotes being wiped out by heartworm, and yet domestic dogs are falling prey to it.”
The reason why our domesticated pets are falling prey to heartworms is because they have weakened immune systems. Canines in the wild are eating raw meat and bones and are never exposed to chemical treatments. Their strong immune systems fight off heartworm in the larvae stage, or very few heartworms survive and they do not threaten their hosts’ lives.
A parasite doesn’t intend to kill the host. The evolution of a parasite depends on completing its life cycle. If it kills the host it means the end. When parasites infest and ultimately kill the host, the host must have had health issues to begin with.
Veterinarian Dr. Levy practiced for many years in California and treated many dogs with heartworms. He observed that the only dogs that developed symptoms of heart failure were those with yearly vaccines, being fed commercial dog food and receiving drug treatments for other symptoms such as skin conditions.
Dr. Levy concluded “It is not really that different from the common intestinal roundworms, in that most dogs do not show any symptoms. Only a dog whose health is compromised is unable to tolerate a few worms. Furthermore, a truly healthy dog would not be susceptible to either type of worm in the first place. It seems to me that the real problem is that allopathic attitudes have instilled in many of us a fear of disease, fear of pathogens and parasites, fear of rabies, as if these are evil and malicious entities just waiting to lay waste to a naďve and unprotected public.”
So do we need to use a preventative every year? To see if your pet is even at risk, find out how many cases of heartworm we had in Ontario over the last few years and where the majority of cases happened. Infected mosquitoes transmit heartworm, so how about eliminating the risk by keeping your pet safe with a natural mosquito repellent and reducing mosquito populations in the environment? Stagnant water is an ideal breeding ground for them. Get rid of it. When traveling with your pet, find out how high the risk of heartworm is in those areas, and take precautions like holistic insect repellents.
Be aware that the posters from the manufacturers of preventive heartworm medications are supposed to create fear in you. And it works, doesn’t it? But is the risk as high as they make it sound? Are we buying because we are uneducated about the disease, the product, the side effects, and the actual risk for our pets? The usual dramatic poster of an open heart full of heartworm is in reality the heart of a animal with weak immunity that has been infected with heartworm for years, never been tested and never been treated.
The pills for heartworm are actually not a preventative, but the cure, which is toxic.
It is a similar pesticide to ant poison!! Would you give your dog willingly and knowingly ant poison every month?
Would you take toxic medication for leukemia every month of every year just in case you might ever get it? Most likely not.
Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM, states in his book The Nature Of Animal Healing that he believes that most of the liver diseases and cancers we see in today’s dogs are related to heartworm preventatives. His own dog and most of the clients in his practice are not treated with heartworm preventatives.
As mentioned earlier, heartworm meds, flea and tick prevention and the annual check-up are a major source of income for veterinarians. You do have a choice of saying yes or no to products or services. That does not make you a bad pet owner. That makes you a good and educated pet owner who is making careful choices by weighing the likelihood of encountering diseases or health problems from toxic preventatives. Period.
What is the best remedy for heartworm?
Ignore the ads. . .
. . . and raise your dog naturally without chemicals, pesticides and man-made foods.
This article above is very enlightening. We have owned two Golden Retrievers at separate consecutive times over a period of 12 years.
Both were treated with the heartworm medication on the advice of the vet we had at the time, and both died at age 6 of cancer.
If this had happened once to our first dog we could have accepted it, but as the same fate befell our second retriever we started to question the cause.
When we discussed our concerns with the same vet who looked after both dogs, she wasn't willing to believe that this heartworm medication could have contributed to the cancer.
It was too much of a coincidence to rule it out as we have never used pesticides on our lawns and the dogs were never allowed to roam free off the property.
We now own a Golden-Poodle Mix, have changed to a different veterinary clinic, and have no plans on starting a course of heartworm medication, even though it was suggested by the clinic.
Your article confirms that we are making the right decision, come what may.
Norma & Jack Robinson
Common Sense For Diarrhea
© 2008 Corinna Bollmann, www.paw-press.com
Is it the right thing to rush your dog to the vet if he has diarrhea?
Unfortunately, at my doggie daycare clients show up with their pooch on medication because he had diarrhea for a couple of days.
They consulted a veterinarian who charged a lot of money and sold them prescription diet and medications.
Of course, it depends on the situation: if there is an underlying cause such as poisoning or an illness, you will have to go to the vet right away if your dog has diarrhea.
However, if the diarrhea occurs in a healthy dog with no other symptoms, I would like to ask you a question: What would you do for yourself or your children if you or they had diarrhea for a day or two?
Would you rush to the doctor? Most likely not. You would drink or give lots of fluids to prevent dehydration, and first of all:
you would STOP eating because you know that it would just come out the other end again ~ very fast.
Most likely you wouldn’t feel like eating anyway, right? You would use your common sense to give your system some rest to fight off whatever bug or bacteria you caught.
Why not apply that same common sense when it comes to your dog?
It is so frustrating for me to witness that many dogs with a simple upset tummy get taken to the vet.
Of course, because the people kept feeding the dog every meal and the diarrhea continued.
The veterinarian puts the dog on medication and expensive and unhealthy prescription diet.
In some cases I’ve even learned that the vets will offer or even insist on “keeping him overnight”, meanwhile there is nobody at the clinic overnight to monitor the dog!
But the vet can charge a nice extra fee for overnight boarding. I would advise you to spend your money more wisely!
I urge you to go back to the roots and use your common sense when it comes to a little upset stomach or diarrhea.
Best cure is to fast the dog for 24-36 hours. This means no food or treats whatsoever to aid the system to come to a rest and expel the culprit.
Give lots of fluids, take the temperature twice a day (regular temperature of a dog is 38.5°C measured rectally with a digital thermometer) and plenty of rest.
After 24-36 hours give a teaspoon of pure canned pumpkin (not the pie mix! It contains spices) every two or three hours.
Canned pumpkin is a wonderful remedy that will bind toxins and bugs and assist in eliminating them without invading your dog’s system with any chemicals.
The next day slowly start adding a little food to the pumpkin and increase over the day.
In my experience, almost all cases of diarrhea (if it is just a slight stomach bug or something bad the dog ate) can be treated this way: Very natural and very inexpensive.
More tips like this one are in my book and they have helped so many clients already to heal their pets naturally.
And keep in mind, I don't sell any of the holistic remedies, you just pick them up at your local health food store.
Which tells you that for me this is not a cash grab as it is for many vets.
I'm just here to help the dogs to stay or get healthy as that is my passion.
I have done a lot of research on natural remedies and health for dogs and cats ~ it's all here for you to read up on it and improve your pet’s quality of life.
Make sure you take the power into your own hands! Make informed decisions and natural choices instead of blindly putting your trust in vets and pet food companies.
This will reduce your bills and keep your pooch healthy longer and chemical-free. It works for me!