Is Heartworm Prevention Harming our Dogs?

Is Heartworm Prevention Harming our Dogs?

Feb 22nd 2021

Please research heartworm disease in dogs. The medications that you are giving them is killing them! Dogs with strong immunity are naturally able to fend off heartworms. No medications needed. Think about it, when you were growing up did your parents ever give your dogs heartworm preventive? No they did not and dogs lived much longer than they are living today.

Looking for natural alternatives? 
When formulating your natural protocol, consider these points...

1. If you don't have a holistic vet working with you to determine which preventive will suit your individual, then consider locating one in your area, or consider a consult over the phone. 

2. Eliminate the cause. Without female mosquitoes, heartworms wouldn't exist, so do all you can to prevent the mosquito from biting your pet in the first place.

We can do this several ways:

  • Avoid them breeding in water.
  • Plant repelling plants on your property.
  • Encourage spiders, they LOVE them.
  • Keep your dogs immune strong.
  • Use natural safe topical repellents. (search group).
  • Have a mosquito trap in your home. The cheap one I use works well enough for me, it has a UV light to attract them and then it sucks air in to a caged area where the mosquitoes die. (I also find this machine great for pantry moths).
  • You can also find how to make "mosquito traps" for outdoors on Youtube.
3. Have your dog tested for heartworm at regular intervals.

4. If you live in an area high in mosquito's, research your best option/s in the link provided at the end of this post.

Heartworm prevention drugs aren't preventives, they are treatment drugs.

The preventives kill any heartworm larvae that may already be in your dog’s body, so if your dog hasn’t been infected, you’re administering poison for something that doesn't exist. This is the same for flea PESTICIDES.

Prevention has always been key to fighting heartworm disease in dogs, but resistance to available medications continues to grow - they are becoming less effective at preventing the disease. This is one of the reasons why they're developing vaccines for heartworm!!

Most vets don’t centre their attention to the fact that it’s not really a simple process for dogs to acquire heartworm in the first place.
In order for our dogs to get infected:

There are a lot of influences and conditions a mosquito depends on to breed and survive.

The weather must be warm enough for heartworm larvae to develop in the mosquito (above 14C (57°F)).
Only female mosquitoes bite and it needs to bite a dog that is already infected with adult heartworms. Adult heartworms need to have produced microfilariae that are alive when the dog is bitten and are at the site of the bite. That same female mosquito then needs to act as an incubator and carry those larvae around for 10 to 14 days until they mature.
It's only then that the female mosquito needs to bite your dog to transmit the infection.
Even with these factors in mind, transmitting the infection does happen.

Extra notes... Hosts for heartworm include domestic dogs, wolves, foxes, and raccoons. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes that bite an infected host and then pass the parasite to another host during a blood meal. Aedes, Anopheles, and Mansonia species of mosquito are all capable of transmitting heartworm.

Humans and other mammals are accidental hosts and cannot play a role in spreading heartworm as the worms do not produce the microfilariae necessary for transmission. Heartworms are only spread by the bite of a mosquito and cannot be passed directly from one dog to another. And people cannot get heartworms from their pets.

Identifying mosquito's:

Mosquito Predators – what eats mosquitoes? Lets encourage these natural preventives... While bats eat mosquitoes, they are far more effective at locating, catching and eating insects other than mosquitoes.

Many birds will eat mosquitoes. The more important among these are purple martins, swallows, waterfowl (geese, terns, ducks) and migratory songbirds. Bird predators usually eat both the adult and aquatic stages of mosquitoes.

Goldfish, guppies, bass, bluegill and catfish prey on mosquito larvae. But the most important fish predator, by far, is the Gambusia affinis, commonly known as the mosquito fish. This is probably the most effective predator of mosquito larvae and is used by many mosquito control agencies to augment their control efforts.

Frogs and Tadpoles Most adult frogs and tadpoles do not include mosquitoes as a large part of their diet. Tadpoles infrequently feed on mosquito larvae and instead generally feed on small, suspended particles of plant-related materials. However, mosquito larvae predation is known for three species of North American tadpoles – the spade foot toad, green tree frog and giant tree frog. While not a direct act of predation, tadpoles may compete with mosquito larvae for food.

Turtles The red-eared slider turtle is generally thought to be the most voracious turtle that feeds on mosquito larvae.
Insects that prey on mosquitoes include:
Dragonflies are often referred to as “mosquito hawks.” Though they do eat mosquitoes, they do not eat enough mosquitoes to do much harm to wild populations. One feature that favors dragonflies as mosquito predators is that in the dragonflies’ aquatic stage, most of its food consists of mosquito larvae.
Damselflies While damselflies are not as effective in controlling mosquitoes as dragonflies, their aquatic stage also consumes many mosquito larvae.

Predacious mosquitoes Some mosquitoes prey on other mosquitoes. The most notable being the predatory mosquitoes in the genus Toxorhynchites. These mosquitoes provide a double benefit since the larvae are predaceous on other mosquito larvae and the adults are not known to transmit disease.

Both adult and larval species of aquatic beetles will consume mosquito larvae and pupae. Two beetles that readily eat the aquatic stages of mosquitoes are the predaceous diving beetle and the water scavenger beetles. However, they will consume many types of aquatic insects other than mosquitoes.
Spiders Spiders become mosquito predators when a mosquito inadvertently flies into a spider’s web where it is encased and eaten.

From post on facebook group- As Nature Intended group.