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Dirofilaria Immitis Heartworm

Dirofilaria Immitis / Heartworm

Herbal treatments for heartworm disease prevention and to provide relief for  heartworm disease in cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk.

When a mosquito bites your dog or cat, your pet may be infected with heartworms. Heartworms, also referred by their scientific name Dirofilaria immitis, are deadly parasites that live in the right side of the heart and arteries of the lungs.

When a mosquito bites an infected dog or cat, it ingests the larvae and if that mosquito bites another dog or cat, it can also transfer the larvae. Over the next few months, the larvae migrate through the body of the animal until it reaches the heart and matures into an adult worm.

Heartworms are thin, long worms (about 12 to 30cm) which have an adult lifecycle of 5 to 7 years for dogs. For cats, the lifecycle is between 2 to 3 years. During this time, millions of larvae are produced but they only become fully mature after living in the mosquito.

Heartworms can cause a variety of serious conditions that include heart failure, blocked arteries, clotting in the pulmonary arteries and breathing difficulties can all present in the advanced stages of infestation. Other symptoms Coughing

·Rapid/ fast breathing

·Labored breathing

·Fatigue, lethargy and listlessness

·Intolerance for exercise

·Weight loss

·Loss of appetite

·Bloody phlegm

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can include anemia, swollen abdomen, jaundice, bulging chest, prominent ribs, convulsions, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea and vomiting..

Infections of heartworm are usually quite common in warmer areas and countries of the world. Male dogs are more affected than cats, especially large-breed dogs, dogs with short hair, stray dogs and those that remain out of doors.

Other facts may also increase your pet’s risk of heartworm disease, including genetic factors, location of the heart where the worms are located, if there are more male or female worms, length of time and the number of worms present.

Herbal Remedies:  

Herbal remedies to support cardiovascular health and function, are used adjunctively for heart worm disease, to support immunity, to promote digestive health, balance and detoxification and to cleanse the blood.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Easy Flow – (learn more) promotes cardiac and circulatory function, reduces the risk of heart disease by maintaining hearth health, supports the strength of veins, arteries, heart, muscle cell healing and regeneration, for hypertension, supports healthy blood circulation to the brain, for varicose veins, aching joints and heavy, swollen legs, encourages blood flow to remove waste products from the body, for degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and for mild heart arrhythmias.

Kick Start My Heart – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

Feed pets a natural, well balanced diet without preservatives, additives or colorants to boost their immune system

Include fresh, raw foods together with yeast and garlic to ward off mosquitoes

Ensure that your pets food and water bowls are made of stainless steel, not plastic and are always clean

Always have fresh, clean water available for your dog or cat

Make sure that your pet has regular exercise

Avoid using commercial flea products and limit the long-term use of heartworm prevention drugs

If you live in a mosquito-infested area, keep dogs and cats indoors in the late afternoon and evenings to avoid a mosquito attack

Use a natural insect repellant such as citronella oil and water to repel mosquitoes

Detox your pet regularly to get rid of an accumulation of toxins

Related Products:  

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) supports adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite – (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of heartworm is based on the symptoms presented, a thorough physical examination and a review of the pet’s medical history. Test will be performed, including chest x-rays to determine whether the pulmonary arteries in the lungs are enlarged, as well as antigen and microfilarial tests to detect the presence of adult heartworms.

There are a variety of oral and topical heartworm preventatives such as Heartgard or Interceptor available to treat dogs and cats, and these can be administered once per month. These medications help to prevent the microfilariae (larvae) from developing into adult heartworms.

Because dogs and cats that live outside are more susceptible to heartworm, it is recommended that they receive this treatment monthly. Indoor pets, however, still remain at risk. Keep in mind that these medications have toxic side effects and have been linked to serious disorders such as liver and kidney disease, arthritis and skin allergies.

Heartworm in dogs is treated with an adulticide, medication administered to kill adult worms over a period of a month. After the one month period filaricide therapy which involves the administration of microfilaricide to kill the microfilariae. Treatment for heartworm in cats has not been approved as yet and involves treating the symptoms with intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, bronchodilators or confinement.

 

 

 


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