How to Treat Dog Worms With Food and Herbs
Worms are a common problem for dogs. Heartworms, hookworms, whipworms – the list is pretty formidable. With dog owners wary of pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs, many are turning to natural remedies to keep their canines healthy and worm-free. The great news is that there are many foods and herbs that can effectively eliminate the many different types of worms.
Using Herbs to Eliminate Worms
Try chamomile or its cousin pineapple weed.These two herbs are great for preventing and expelling round- and whipworms. They also have many other health benefits as well, not the least of which are their ability to calm and act as an anti-inflammatory.
- Use a ¼ teaspoon of tincture directly into the mouth per 30 pounds every few hours. If you brew your own tea, use 1T every few hours.
- If you brew your own, make it strong: 4 tea bags (or 2T bulk flowers) to each cup of boiling water.
- Chamomile is non-toxic so you can give this to your pup fairly liberally without fear of side effects.
Use turmeric.This ancient herb’s anti-parasitic properties are fortified by the fact that it also provides an environment that is not conducive to their growth while also healing worm-infested areas in your dog’s digestive track.
- Administer 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon per 10 pounds of weight every day. Make sure that your furry friend drinks plenty of water too so that it doesn’t get constipated.
- Take once a day, after meals, for 1 week. Then for large dogs, administer it after meals daily every other week for two months.
- Long-term usage can be harmful so do not go over the two-month limit.
Give cloves a try.While their effectiveness is amplified when used in combination with other methods (e.g. wormwood or black walnut), cloves taken daily after meals can help eliminate those pesky worms.
- For small dogs, use ¼ of a whole dry clove crushed and mixed into food 1 x daily for one week. Skip a week, then repeat the same dosage formula for the third week.
- For medium size dogs, use ½ of a whole dry clove and repeat the same dosage formula as that of small dogs.
- For large dogs use 1 whole dry clove and repeat the dosage formula as that of small dogs.
Consider black walnut carefully.Made from the hull of the black walnut tree, this herb is excellent for eliminating heart and intestinal worms. While it is safer than most commercial de-wormers, it can be toxic if overused so great care must be taken. Think of it as your next-to-last resort herbal treatment.
- As the tannins and alkaloids may be dangerous to your pooch, please be certain to consult your veterinarian for use and dosage amounts.
Use wormwood with a great deal of caution.There are sites that will recommend this herb but be very, very careful. Known to have serious negative effects on a dog’s nervous system, liver and kidneys, this should only be used under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.
Make and administer parsley water.This helps keep your dog’s digestive system happy and healthy during the de-worming process. Parsley is full of nutrients and also acts as a diuretic to help flush out all those worms that are desperately hanging on.
- Boil 1 quart of water and add one bunch of fresh parsley. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes. Strain, jar, and refrigerate the parsley water. Administer 1 T per 10 lbs of body weight once a day for 10 days.
- For dogs with renal issues, substitute Rooibos tea for parsley. Known to support the immune system and inhibit cancer and other diseases, Rooibos has zero tannin and is much healthier for dogs suffering from renal issues.
Applying the Healing Power of Fruits
Utilize the power of pumpkin seeds.The amino acid cucurbitacin in pumpkin seeds paralyzes works and expels them from the digestive tract. These seeds are very potent and effective, particularly against tape- and hookworm.
- Grind up pumpkin seeds into a fine powder and add one teaspoon for each 10 – 15 lbs. of body weight daily. Do this for two weeks and then add wheat bran to the dog’s diet; soak the bran in water and add an eighth teaspoon per 10 lbs. of body weight to larger animals and just a pinch for smaller ones.
- You can even feed the seeds to him directly as a treat. Just make sure you use the same measurement guidelines. Also be sure to use unsalted, organic pumpkin seeds.
Get on the grapefruit seed bandwagon.These incredibly healthy seeds have many positive effects on the bodies of both humans and dogs. Proven to fight 800 bacterial and viral strains, it also supports the immune system, fights cancer, and, in this instance, are a natural for killing, weakening, and repelling parasites.
- Grind up the seeds to a find powder. Sprinkle 8 mg for every 2.2 pounds of body weight (OBW) onto your dog’s food. There are no restrictions as to how long to continue this treatment as grapefruit seeds are highly beneficial to your dog’s overall health.
- Try GSE (grapefruit seed extract). Purchase this at your local health food store. For a minimal dosage, give your pooch .5 drops for every 2.2 pounds OBW orally. For maximum dosage, give your dog 10-15 drops per every 10 pounds OBW.
Grind up papaya seeds.Rich in papain, an enzyme that will destroy the worms’ outer coating and cause them to get weak and lose their hold on the intestinal wall, papaya seeds are also a great digestive aid.
- Grind the papaya seeds into a fine powder. Sprinkle 8 mg for every 2.2 pounds of body weight (OBW) onto your dog’s food. There are no restrictions as to how long to continue this treatment as grapefruit seeds are highly beneficial to your dog’s overall health.
Feed your dog the papaya.If your dogs will eat it, the flesh of the papaya is also rich in papain. You might want to use this in combination with another method – even the papaya seeds. That way they will get all the health benefits and not rely solely on a small amount of papaya to do the job.
- There is a reason you only want to feed them a small amount. Feeding them a lot can lead to the same problems you can have with all fruits: too much in one end can lead to a loose result on the other.
- Feed your best friend fresh or dried papaya. Try to make it organic though. That will have the most papain and be the healthiest option for your dog.
Feed your dog dried figs.Rich in the enzyme ficin, eating figs will destroy the worms’ outer coating and cause them to get weak and lose their hold on the intestinal wall. Same general fruit warning: too much of a good thing can lead to too much of a bad thing. Feed your dog dried figs in moderation. One or two as a treat after meals is fine.
Using Food for De-worming
Grate fresh garlic.The use of garlic for pets is very controversial, and some researchers warn of its potential to damage red blood cells in dogs. Do your research before trying it, and err on the side of small amounts. Long known for its immune system benefits for humans, garlic may also be a good option for expelling worms while boosting the overall effectiveness of your dog’s immune system. Grated and combined with fennel, garlic can get rid of worms quickly and efficiently. As always, be careful not to overdo it.
- Grate 1-2 cloves and let sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to allow enzyme changes that create allicin. Mix with and equal amount of fennel and administer at feeding time (generally twice a day).
- If you have a tiny dog, use a very small clove. Adjust the number and size of cloves to match the size and weight of your dog.
Add food grade diatomaceous earth (DTE).Food grade DTE is a talcum-looking powder that consists of fossilized marine phytoplankton. Their microscopic, razor-like edges slice and scrape, dehydrating parasites (i.e. worms) and thus killing them.
- For small dogs, sprinkle 1t on their food once daily. For dogs over 55 pounds, sprinkle 1T on their food once daily. Make sure you mix it well as it is so dusty that inhaling it can cause irritation in your pooch’s respiratory system.
Drip Oregon grape tincture in their mouths.The root of this plant is used for a variety of health-related applications and has been scientifically proved to be effective against parasitic worms. This is due to the presence of berberine, an anti-microbial alkaloid. You can get this at your local health food store (it may be labeled as an extract).
- Administer 12 drops per 20 pounds OBW.
- Do not use with diabetic animals, those with acute liver disease, or those that are pregnant or nursing.
Cleanse their digestive systems.While you’re eliminating worms from your furry friend it’s important to keep in mind foods that, while not qualifying as cures, greatly assist in getting rid of the parasites while simultaneously enhancing your dog’s overall health. Feeding them these foods will help heal their insides while promoting a healthy immune system as well.
- Carrots, beets, and turnips. ½ T per day of these root vegetables will scrape the mucus lining of the intestines in a healthy, safe way (worms live in the mucus). The vegetables are neither digested nor absorbed and do not change in pH balance. In combination with a de-worming cure, they help flush away the detritus and return your dog’s digestive system to a healthy, happy state.
- Apple cider vinegar will help your animal’s digestive track heal and reduce the irritation left by worms. It also improves their coat, boosts their immune system, and helps them absorb the most nutrients from their food. Feed 1t daily.
- Add a half capsule of cayenne pepper per 50 lbs of body weight to food daily. This can be stepped up to a half capsule per 25 lbs of body weight twice a day for one week for quicker results.
QuestionIs diatomaceous earth safe for dogs?Nadine RichCommunity AnswerYes, it is completely safe. It's non-toxic to dogs (and cats) but is deadly to insects, so it works great for controlling internal and external parasites on dogs.Thanks!
QuestionCan I feed my dog the nut meat of a black walnut?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, I do not recommend giving walnuts to your dog.Thanks!
QuestionCan you use candy orange slices?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Candy orange slices will make your dog sick and cause him to throw up. They have no medicinal value. He needs to be on a bland diet of chicken or turkey and rice (mostly chicken or turkey), and seen by a vet.Thanks!
QuestionFor how long do I give my dog garlic?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't give them garlic at all, unless you want them to suffer from complications of anemia. Garlic is toxic to dogs and cats.Thanks!
QuestionIs garlic harmful for my dogs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. It contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death.Thanks!
QuestionIs turmeric dangerous for dogs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should not feed turmeric to your dogs.Thanks!
QuestionHow many carrots do I give my dog?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGive 2-3 baby carrots for your dog to nibble on daily.Thanks!
QuestionCan hookworms spread from one dog to another?Community AnswerHookworms can be passed from a mother to her newborns through her milk. Other dogs could also become contaminated when coming in contact with an infected dog's stool.Thanks!
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- Tapeworms are now the easiest to get rid of. The 100% effective Droncit is now over-the-counter and can be ordered on line. Look for it where they sell flea treatments.
- Always check for toxicity of any herb you are going to use. They are excellent when used correctly, but can be deadly when used without full information. Don't forget that arsenic and nightshade are "natural." You don't want natural as much as you want non-toxic to the dog.
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