This drug is an organic arsenical compound. Dogs receiving this drug therapy will typically have had a thorough pretreatment evaluation of its condition and will then be hospitalized during the administration of the drug.Melarsomine dihydrochloride (Immiticide®, Merial) (Heartworm Society webpage)
Mainstream believes that not treating a dog with arsenic is mistreatment and people such as Randy, and myself, believe that it is cruel to treat a dog with such a compound.
Furthermore, many dogs are too old and too sick t0 withstand the injections. Thus herbal remedies offer a mild alternative, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of its efficacy. Many people will ask if it works, then why hasn't the FDA approved herbal products for treatment? Well its millions of dollars to go through the process of approval, and the drug companies do not see profits in herbal remedies.
However, the FDA has overlook the problems associated with this approved drug and how people feel about the only approved drug for heartworm. People are thinking of their dogs as part of the family, and rank them among the family as that of a child. Would you shot into the lower back with of your child with arsenic? Probably not. Our culture considers dogs more than just an animal. They are our friend and our family. We treat them as we treat ourselves if not better...thus the conflict.
Hopefully you all have a vet who works with you and the two of you create a treatment principle that works for you, the dog, and the vet. It's a team effort, it should not be demigod if you chose a natural approach. I would hope the vet will be there with you monitoring the dogs progress and the two of you work together and not as advisories.
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