When deworming pets, a large portion of people immediately turn to chemicals, under the assumption that something toxic is needed to kill parasites. Unfortunately, the chemicals are also somewhat toxic to the pets themselves, and should be avoided.
Using a natural substance, cats and dogs can be more effectively dewormed, at any age, and without risks. Diatomaceous earth is a white powder made from fossilized diatoms, a type of algae. It is a fine, abrasive powder (like baking soda) that absorbs large amounts of water. When the powder touches parasites, its microscopic, razor-like edges grate against them and dehydrate them simultaneously. This means that it will likely destroy even blood-borne parasites.
Based on our research, we suggest following the deworming regimen for 10 days. During this time, animals will usually drink more, due to the dehydrating effect of the diatomaceous earth. Only purchase food-grade diatomaceous earth. Otherwise it may contain harmful chemical impurities.
|Animal||Amount To Use Daily|
|Dogs up to 50 lb.||2 teaspoons|
|Dogs over 50 lb.||1 Tablespoon|
|Horses||1/2 - 1 cup (depending on size of horse)|
Standard anti-parasitic herbs may be dangerous when given to animals, and these include black walnut hulls, and cloves. For human parasite cleanses, please read 'Eliminating The Parasites That You Almost Certainly Have, and Curing Lupus'.
Alongside diatomaceous earth, pumpkin seed oil can also be safely added to food for a more powerful effect. For kittens, open a 500 mg. capsule and squeeze the oil into the food, before mixing it in well. Pumpkin seed oil is harmful to parasites, but not to pets. Increase the dosage for larger animals, and use common sense.
Diatomaceous earth quickly kills fleas. Remember that it is an all-natural, organic, and safe pesticide. You can even safely eat the stuff! That is, in moderation, of course. To kill fleas, simply rub it into the coat of the animal, and the fleas will be dead in 20 minutes. Be sure to wash the animal within a couple of hours, because the diatomaceous earth could dry out its skin. We recommend washing your hands, because the substance is extremely drying. You may need to repeat the process if eggs remain attached to the animal.
Another option is bathing the animal in neem oil shampoo. Neem is believed to kill fleas by preventing their reproduction. We have tried Ark Natural's neem pet shampoo, and find it to be effective. There are other brands which are also likely to have the same effect. We recommend reading the ingredients carefully to beware of harmful chemicals, such as sodium lauryl sulphate.
Warning: Never use diatomaceous earth on creatures that have an exoskeleton. Fortunately, most of those are insects.