Guinness Beer for heartworm prevention?

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    I have heard from many dog owners/breeders who swear by this method of heartworm prevention. I would appreciate anyone who has had personal experience using this method (not skeptics that do not believe in alternative veterinary medicine). This link is just informational. I’m sure there is more out there, but if you have had personal experience using it I would love to hear your feedback. Thank you!

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    Here’s the previous conversation about beer heartworm treatment:

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    Rob M

    I have used Guinness and am here to testify that
    It works !!!. My best friend, Boozer, of 12 years tested positive for heartworms in 2012, while I was working as a volunteer at my local county animal shelter. Checking for treatment at a local vet and finding the cost outrageous, the director told me of a treatment she heard of through a friend if hers. I looked it up on the web and deceided to give it a try. Boozer weighed 60 lbs so I gave him 3 Oz’s of Dublin’s Black Label Stout. Two weeks later I gave him another 3ozs.
    Six months later I took Boozer to Banfield Veteranerian at Petsmart, where they tested him not once, but twice after I told them about the beer treatment. He reported negative both times and remained heartworm free for the rest of his life. He left me after a stroke in 2014.
    Rob M Wilm. NC

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by  Rob M. Reason: misspelled woed
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    You got lucky. However, these alternative treatments, if they are to be considered, should be done under the guidance of a homeopathic veterinarian.

    “First do no harm.”

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    I have never heard of or used this treatment, but on a whole, alcohol is horrible for dogs and should be avoided at all costs. The link in your post gave me a 404 error, so I searched on the topic and found this article:
    As it states, “The amount of beer recommended for the heartworm treatment is minimal, so the risk of toxicity or alcohol poisoning is slim, but obviously should be taken into consideration. But if the risk is there, why try it all?”
    The article then says, “Well, health risks come with any treatment. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in most heartworm medications, is itself a poison – an anthelmintic.”

    I agree with both of these statements, but since Ivermenctin has been tested and found to be safe in most dogs, (though problems can still occur) I would definitely think of that as the safer choice for heartworm prevention. As LM said, I would never use any sort of homeopathic treatment without consulting a homeopathic vet.

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    Michael D

    My little rescue JoJo tested positive for heartworms in Sept. 2015. I had been giving her heartworm prevention from the time I brought her home. I was devastated and had her checked two more times all three test showed positive. A co-worker told me about the Guinness beer treatment and I really had my doubts. I started the treatment and she never showed signs of illness. Today 1/9/16 I had her retested and it was NEGATIVE!!! I’m seriously considering taking all my dogs off the prevention and doing the Guinness treatment.

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    Please! I hope no one takes this seriously. The alcohol probably altered the test results to show a false negative. Or, the original veterinarian prescribed treatment finally kicked in and was reflected in the blood work.
    Consult a veterinarian ASAP if your pet is positive for heartworm.
    Immediate aggressive treatment is needed to try to save the animal’s life.

    “Primum non nocere”

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    Michael D

    I took it very seriously, no the alcohol did not alter the test results. The test is 98% accurate and there was no other treatment. This saved my dogs life and saved me a couple thousand dollars in Vet bills. The treatment the vet gives is expensive and very aggressive and causes the heartworms to release a toxic poison which makes the dog even sicker. From what I understand the hops from that area make the heartworms sterile and make them age faster. They do not reproduce and they die off faster and they don’t release the toxin. When used as a preventative the larvae never grow to maturity. I’m not a chemist or medical professional so I don’t know if all that is correct. I do know that I have a dog that tested positive on three test and today four months later she tested negative and has no signs or symptoms of having heartworms.

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    I prefer to get my canine’s medical advice from a science-based veterinary healthcare professional.

    “There is no “Natural” or “Holistic” Heartworm Prevention or Treatment Proven to be Safe and Effective” posted on June 30,2013 by skeptvet

    Much of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is offered either as an addition to conventional, science-based treatment or in situations in which conventional therapies are unavailable or ineffective. This doesn’t excuse offering treatments that haven’t been properly tested, and it … Continue reading →

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    Drew D

    All pharmaceutical drugs have serious side-effects. Never be afraid to do your own research. The anonymous person trying to fear monger everyone is either a Veterinarian or Big Pharma Rep concerned that they are going to lose CUSTOMERS if people educate themselves on this very safe alternative treatment that works!

    Never give in to fear mongering. Listen to your own intuition and do your own research.

    Thank you to everyone who shared their stories, of curing their dog’s heartworm, without toxic drugs.

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    Michael D

    Here it is one year later! JoJo is doing great and still heart-worm free. 01/09/2017 You can see pictures of JoJo and the rest of my crew on facebook and Google+ if you like. My name is Michael Dowling I’m in the Dallas Texas area. My hope is that some of the people in rescue shelters will start using this treatment on dogs that come in heart-worm positive and give them a chance.

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