Treating your dogs for parasites is an important thing to do if they are to lead healthy lives. For most canine owners, the challenge presents itself in the fact that dogs are, by nature, scavengers. What this means is that they will eat just about anything, ranging from content in the bin to animal fecal matter. This predisposes them to parasite infestation. While conventional medication is available for canines, it helps to know that there are natural (and often cheaper) remedies that you can use to treat parasite infestation in dogs.
Some of the symptoms that accompany parasite infestation in dogs include the presence of squirming worms in fecal matter, constant licking of the anal region, frequent diarrhea and vomiting. Note that the squirming worms will sometimes appear as rice bodies in the stool, so if you are keen, alongside the aforementioned symptoms, you should be able to pick this up when your dog has had a bowel movement. From the different remedies below, you can always get one that suits your dog. The advantage of them all is that you get rid of all chemical additives, in effect boosting the dog’s immune system.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/4 Teaspoon of dried Wormwood and normal serving of dog food.
Wormwood is one of the most effective ways to get rid of parasites in your canine naturally. The herb creates a toxic environment for the different parasites, effectively getting rid of them from the digestive system. There is one challenge in administering this remedy, however, and that is the fact that its overuse strains the dog’s nervous and liver system.
To avoid this, you are advised to use the herb alongside the guidance of a qualified vet. In addition, the use of this remedy should not surpass 3 consecutive days. Lastly, this herb is not for use in pregnant or lactating dogs and certainly must not be administered to dogs with liver diseases. Follow the directions listed below, making sure to do so under a vet’s supervision.
- Take a normal serving of the dog’s food and sprinkle the 1/4 teaspoon of dried wormwood.
- Mix well and allow the dog to feed as normal.
- Use this remedy twice daily for not more than 3 days.
2. Black Walnut:
Time Required: Typical feeding time
What You Need: 1/4 Teaspoon of black walnut and dog food daily for 3 days.
Black walnut is a choice natural remedy for the elimination of parasites in canines, thanks to its effective anti-parasitic properties. Some of the active compounds present in the herb are particularly useful in the removal of heartworms which are known to be prevalent in dogs that have not had a medical checkup. In fact, so potent is the herb, that it is considered as a second line of defense in instances where a number of home remedies may have failed in restoring the dog’s health. Just as with wormwood, you must exercise caution when providing this remedy. It is advisable to seek guidance from a professional vet in terms of dosage.
Failure to do so creates the risk of over-dosage. This, in turn, poses a great risk for the worsening of the symptoms that indicate toxicity. With every dosage, look out for adverse symptoms that include frequent passing of loose stool and vomiting. Lastly, note that it is best to work on building your dog’s immune system too while administering black walnut. This means providing a balanced diet everyday is of utmost important.
- Add the black walnut to the food and mix well.
- Use the remedy once daily for 3 days.
Time Required: 20 Min/ the usual feeding time period.
What You Need: 1 Clove daily for 7 days. You may add the following optional herbs: Wormwood or black walnut.
Cloves are a popular spice for their distinct taste, and are best known in the culinary field. What many people may not know is the fact that cloves make for an effective natural treatment in the elimination of parasites from your dog. The herb is packed with anti-parasitic properties which effectively get rid of the parasites. This remedy, while effective on its own, has excellent results when mixed with other herbs, more notably wormwood and black walnut. The resulting mixture has a synergistic effect on the healing process, thus ensuring faster recovery for your canine.
- Crush a clove and add the powder to your dog’s food once daily over the course of 1 week.
- You may choose to add wormwood and black walnut for better results.
- After 7 days of administering the natural remedy, make sure that you use the remedy every fortnight for the next 8 weeks.
- This course of treatment should effectively clear the parasite infection.
- Look out for the severity of the symptoms mentioned above to figure out whether your dog’s health is improving.
4. Garlic :
Time Required: 20 Min or your dog’s usual feeding time.
What You Need: 2 Cloves of garlic, a grater, 1 tablespoon of fennel and 1 food serving.
Garlic has been used the world over as one of the quintessential herbal remedies in the treatment of diverse diseases affecting both man and canine. This is attributed to its healing properties which create a harsh environment for the parasites, in effect leading to the removal of the parasites.
There is yet another advantage in using garlic as it is not only anti-parasitic, it helps strengthen the dog’s immune system, which in turn makes it less prone to the ravaging effects of the parasite infestation. You may add fennel seeds for the same reason, making sure you use this remedy once daily.
NOTE: Garlic may be too strong for your dog’s digestive system as it causes irritation if administered in high quantities. A general guideline involves giving moderate amounts depending on your dog’s body weight.
- Peel the garlic cloves and proceed to grate to get fine pieces which can easily be mixed with the dog food.
- Sprinkle the garlic grating on the food, and add a handful of the fennel seeds.
- Mix well and feed the dog.
- Use this remedy once daily, ensuring that you follow up on the dog’s improvement.
5. Pumpkin Seeds:
Time Required: Usual feeding period
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of dried pumpkin seeds, a grinder and dog food.
Pumpkin seeds are an incredible home remedy for the treatment of parasites in dogs. This is because the seeds contain a specific compound known as cucurbitacin that acts as an anti-parasitic agent. The seeds, when mixed with dog food, also stimulate digestion while providing nutrients that enrich the dog’s body. Some of the nutrients present in the seeds include Vitamins A and B for proper growth, Zinc, Potassium and Calcium for strong healthy bones and teeth. Add the ground pumpkin seed powder to your dog’s food twice daily to get rid of the parasites.
- Place the dried pumpkin seeds in the grinder to get a fine powder.
- Sprinkle the dried powder on the food and feed the dog.
- Use this remedy twice daily until your dog’s health improves.
6. Chopped Carrots:
Time Required: Usual feeding time.
What You Need: Chopped carrots added to dog food.
Carrots are best known for their high concentration of Vitamin A which helps enhance vision. Carrots also make for a great vegetable, which is precisely why they are recommended for the treatment of parasites in dogs. Not only do the carrot pieces clean the dog’s gut by dislodging the parasites, it also benefits the dog’s health with the wide variety of nutrients. The nutrients are an ideal way to build the dog’s immune system too, so add this remedy to your natural treatment options.
- Wash the carrot well before chopping into sizable pieces – not too small.
- Add the coarse chopped carrot to the food prior to feeding.
- Use this remedy daily for best results.
7. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Abbreviated DE):
Time Required: Usual feeding time period
What You Need: Diatomaceous Earth (amount depends on the age of the dog) and dog food.
DE is ranked as an effective remedy for treating parasites in dogs as it is packed with anti-parasitic properties. DE is available in powder form, and constitutes remains of aquatic organisms that are toxic to parasites. The most important thing to look out for is the specific grade of DE that you use. There are 2 options available commercially: Pool grade and food grade. As expected, you should settle for food grade to avoid toxicity as the pool grade is not meant for internal use.
Another important factor that you need to keep in mind is that DE should be mixed properly with dog food. The purpose of doing so is that it prevents the dog from inhaling the DE powder which could easily cause irritation of the respiratory system. As a general guide, smaller pups may get 1 teaspoon of DE daily while older dogs get double the dosage. Purchase the DE from your local farm store.
- Sprinkle the DE powder on the dog food, making sure you follow the dosage indicated above.
- Mix the two well and feed the dog.
- Use this remedy daily.
8. Raw PawPaw:
Time Required: Usual feeding time.
What You Need: Raw pawpaw and dog food.
Raw pawpaw has been used for the successful treatment of parasites in humans, and this is why it is advanced for the same treatment in canines. Raw pawpaw has papain, a compound that is rich in digestive enzymes. When ingested, the raw pawpaw enhances the destruction of parasites in the gut. Your best bet is a matured pawpaw that is unripe, available at your nearest grocery.
- Peel the raw pawpaw and chop into sizable pieces.
- Mix the fruit well with the dog food and provide during feeding time.
9. Make Lifestyle Changes for Your Dog to Reduce the Likelihood of Parasite Infections:
Time Required: Varies from one canine to another.
What You Require: Deliberate change in habits and routines.
Difficulty: Moderate before the habits stick.
In addition to the remedies mentioned above, it helps to make lifestyle changes that help ensure your dog does not get further parasite infestations. Listed below are some of the changes that you can make.
- Keep your dog on a leash when in the outdoors to prevent it from ingesting fecal matter from other dogs.
- Whenever you can, steer clear of dog parks when your dog is sick to avoid further weakening its immune system as dog parks are ideal places for picking up parasites.
- Get rid of stool as quickly as possible. Follow this up with cleaning the area and your hands.
- If your dog has toys, ensure that you sanitize them regularly to prevent infections.
- Lastly, keep the compound and dog house clean, making sure you make provision for defecation areas.