We never used to treat for heartworm because there just wasnt any in the area we used to live in. We have now moved out into the country a little more and our neighbour has this huge lake. We moved in to our new house in July and celebrated with a bonfire that night .... wow you should have seen my daughter and my husband. Their legs were totally covered in mosquito bites ... so this has now become a huge problem with them. They are on heartworm pills now but I am VERY interested in this ACV theory. How much would you dilute it by for their water???
I think I just have the common or garden variety ... I need to go hunting for the organic stuff!!
Living in CA we didn't have to worry about heartworm but now in Iowa, especially this year, I am worried. Haven't given him anything yet but am still mulling it over.
To use it to prevent fleas & ticks you want to dilute it 50/50 with water and sponge it on. Let it dry naturally, don't towel dry.
BUT!! (and this is important) don't use it he/she has a yeast infection because ACV can make it worse.
And thanks for the tip about adding acv to their food instead of their water. Sometimes they drink so little that it feels like we're just wasting the acv. Going to put it in their food from now on!
Last edited by savemejeebus; 05-03-2012 at 07:41 PM.
"I am normally not a praying man, but if you really are up there, please save me Superman!'' - Homer J. Simpson
I'm going to give this Organic ACV a try too. Fred Meyer stores here have a huge tree hugger section (meant lovingly - I am one, after all) and I'm certain I can find it there.
Bea is SO WEIRD about up-sets to the "norm"..... I wonder if she'll be able to detect it in her food? Then again, maybe she'll like it.......
Edited to add: I found this on a Golden Retriever forum. (NO, I'm not slumming LOL)
"Question #4: Is my dog at risk for heartworms here in Washington State?
To date, there is no established heartworm disease here. The reason is not due, as might be supposed, to the absence of mosquitos, or of the right species of mosquito. There are at least 11 species of mosquito in the state of Washington which are reported to have transmitted heartworms in other areas.
The reason is, rather, that the average temperature in this area is too low to allow the microfilaria to properly develop after being ingested by the mosquito."
Last edited by Vicaroo1000; 05-04-2012 at 04:39 AM.
All this heartworm talk had me up all night worrying about it. Until I found this...
to carry through the entire cycle of host to end host(mosquito to dog), the temperature must remain above 57 degrees for 4 weeks. If it goes below that, even at night, the microfilaria die and cycle must begin again.
We get some chilly nights in NJ so at least that's one less thing I have to worry about
@cowsmom - tagging you sister sledge. See? It's gonna be OK!
(Sandra almost shamed me into marching right down to the vets office and getting heartworm stuff...LOL)