Get Real: Heartworm Prevention

Is Your Dog Healthier the Longer You Use Your HW Prevention?

Ever hear this wry, thought provoking phrase?

A headache is not an aspirin deficiency!”

The same common sense thinking could be applied to your dog resisting heartworm. You know, the scary-as_ed worm poised to invade your dog’s inner chambers.

The one in the drug ads that looks like a wad of spaghetti. The one that you swear you’ll never, ever allow in your dog, no way no how.

Well, just like those people who remain free of headaches, those dogs living parasite free aren’t all on monthly pesticides.

I know because their owners and I give congratulatory high fives as their yearly tests come in negative, year after year.

Have you ever wondered how wolves and coyotes survive as a species with no one dropping heartworm prevention bait to them?

They are close genetically to your dog, the wolf especially so. 99% gene overlap.

Fundamental questions arise when you frame your own dog’s health against that wild cousin model:

  • Was your dog born broken? Incomplete in some way?
  • Is she only made “whole” with the addition of a monthly heartworm pill?

And, the more important one, for those of you who are truly seeking to raise the most vital, wildly healthy dogs possible:

Is your dog getting healthier or less healthy the longer you use your heartworm prevention?”

Reality of Heartworm Drugs

You have to understand something about the heartworm drugs to really get clear on the answers to these questions.

The way the usual drugs “prevent” heartworm is by killing heartworm larvae.

Where is the killing happening?

In your dog’s blood stream.

What do you call a substance that kills those we deem problematic?

We call them pesticides.

They are poisons, let’s just be blunt.

Pests include fleas, mosquitoes, heartworms, cockroaches, and whole host of others.

I suspect you’d think twice before you took internal chemicals that kill pests to prevent you from being bothered, am I right?

Something about that thought just intuitively sends up signals of

Wrong. Danger. Warning.

And yet, in our current world, where we’re surrounded by advertising poised to divide you into camps of “good pet owner” and “irresponsible pet owner,” you may be buying that very idea for your dog.

Unless you give your dog a monthly poison pill, you know which camp you’re relegated to.

Or, at least that’s where Big Pharma would like you to believe you live if you don’t comply: The Shame Camp.

And, just to give you a taste of what their agenda is, in 2016, in the U.S. alone, nearly $15B was spent on pet supplies and OTC meds.

The Rx meds and services of Dr. WhiteCoat accounted for $16B more.

So, are they all acting in your dog’s best interests, or is something else at play?

Stark Contrast

There are now hundreds of my patients and pack member’s dogs who’ve been resisting heartworm for decades.

Without resorting to oral pesticides. Or topical ones.

Or (shudder) injectable ones that continue killing larvae in the blood for six months.

They are getting real heartworm prevention. The healthy natural kind.

These dogs live where heartworm lives.

Texas, Hawaii, Florida, you name the place and there are some there who are building natural resistance, month after month, year after year.

And when they test each Spring, the heartworm results come back negative. Year after year.

They’ve been achieving this with my drug free heartworm protocol.

The most significant thing in the dogs on this protocol is this:

These dogs are getting healthier the longer they use this protocol.

Can you say the same for your dog?

Can you even imagine that’s reality for some poor animal getting treated with pesticides for multiple months of the year?

It’s kind of a crazy idea, isn’t it?

Giving more pesticides = growing healthier?

Heartworm Awareness Month

As April comes to a close, and you’re making your plans for heartworm testing (I encourage it yearly) and prevention going forward, I’d like to invite you to step out of the risky drug prevention realm.

It’s good to be aware of the common side effects of these drugs:

  • vomiting
  • depression/lethargy
  • itching
  • hives
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • skin congestion
  • staggering
  • convulsions
  • drooling
  • weakness
  • trembling/shaking

(I wish I was making this up, but it’s from the fine print on the popular monthly poisons that Big Pharma is pushing.)

And, we’ve known for decades that autoimmune disease has been associated with these drugs.

It could happen with any dose. First or 50th.

This kind of disease, “immune confusion” as I often call it, is far more dangerous than a parasite would ever be to your dog, no matter where it sets up housekeeping.

When you dog’s immune system starts attacking her own red blood cells and/or platelets, you’re looking at ER time, huge expense, and an estimated 50% chance of survival.

I’d like to invite you instead to give my drug free program a try for this next year.

Join the hundreds of others who’ve been using my protocol successfully and seeing their dogs actually get healthier the longer they are on it.

Grab a Fresh Start on Vital Health

To help you make this wise decision, I’ve put my ebook, “Vital Animals Don’t Get Heartworms! The Drug-Free Prevention Program That Works” and its audiobook version up for sale.

Here’s where you can read more and grab either the ebook or audiobook or both.

Take this opportunity to drop the risky drugs and make your dog naturally resistant to heartworm.

And next Spring, send my your negative HW test results so we can do a high five!

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  1. Rosemarie on November 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I like a book I can hold in my hands. I like to read it and highlight things.

  2. Linda Fischer on September 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Hello Dr. Will,
    I am interested in your heart worm prevention ebook. I tried to order it but it wants a password. When I signed up for your webpage it didn’t require a password, just a user name and email. Maybe I missed something. Could you please help me with this? Thank you!

    • Will Falconer, DVM on September 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Hey Linda,
      So, yes, because you’re already a VA Pack member, you need to login as part of the buying process, so your ebook and/or audiobook can be added to your account. When you start here:, and click a button to buy the protocol, you’ll see the chance to change your password if you’ve forgotten it. Your username is your email address, and you can click on “lost your password?” link. The rest should be very straightforward, but write us on if you have any more trouble.

  3. Denise Vasari on September 8, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I’m glad that I accidently ran across your website, Dr. Falconer! My very healthy mixed corgi breed “accidently” received 2 rabies shots within 6 months by my former vet. She removed the price of the second, unnecessary rabies shot! But some months after that my dog started on a course of allergies that have no end in sight. I have tried every thing. I had one steroid shot given. This did work but I don’t want to give another. I was hoping that the itching was temporary. Then I did try Apoqul but after 2 weeks she suddenly had explosive diarrhea and vomiting. I was afraid of dehydration so I stopped the Apoqul. The diarrhea and vomiting stopped but the ithing returned. I gave two days of dosing and the diarrhea returned. A call to the vet meant a try with Cytopoint. She’s stopped itching, realize she was tearing off all hind leg hair and biting and repetitive lacking of her an us. I was desperate but after reading your article i’my afraid this may be worse. One other issue is the Sentinel flea-tick pill my husband insists on giving her monthly. I want her off all these harmful drugs! Her rabies blood titer test received today gave a result of 3.42 UL. This is up from last year’s test result of 2.52 UL. No more rabies shots either!

    • Denise Vasari on September 8, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Oh and last month I took her off all her prepared dog food and treats. She now eats chicken, rice, carrots, green beans, broccoli, all food I make her.
      One other symptom that surfaced after the double rabies shot was trouble breathing which she still has sporadically.

      • Will Falconer, DVM on September 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

        Hey Denise,
        Glad to hear of your growing awareness in the downsides of immune suppression as a hoped for means of controlling a chronic itch. Here’s a non-toxic flea control program that works, but takes patience and attention to detail.
        I’m glad you’re choosing to make home prepared food, but I’m concerned you haven’t mentioned a calcium source in your ingredients. Maybe you feed raw bones regularly, in which case you’ll have it covered. Best to follow some well thought out guidelines and “think wolf” when you’re doing so. Ian Billinghurst has a lovely guide book to raw feeding called “Give Your Dog a Bone.” All the best to you and your Corgi.

  4. Lori smirh on May 21, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I’m pretty sure I purchased the ebook for heart worm but can’t find it!!!

    • Will Falconer, DVM on May 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Lori,
      When I searched on your email address, I couldn’t find you. If you purchased it, it should appear in your Member Home. Just login, scroll down and you should see it. Let me know if you have any further problems.

  5. Stacie Dubendorf on May 6, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    My dog has swollen glands (walnut size)
    What can I do for her naturally without medicines?

    • Melissa M Zimmerman on November 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      You can try Frankincense essential oil.

  6. Lorna on May 1, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Interested to learn more about this

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