Natural Worm control
There are herbs and other food supplements which help reduce the worm burden your pet builds up. If you find a large burden then I would recommend you use Fenbenazole for lungworm or roundworm.
Some of these are listed below as always a natural diet will help keep your pets immune system healthy in particular raw feeding and WILL NOT GIVE YOUR DOG WORMS unless you are feeding wild game or fallen stock which has not been inspected for worms or frozen.
Worm Egg Counts
I recommend you check to see if your pet has worms before either using or conventional wormer. If your pet does not have worms why give a wormer? But some worms in particular Lungworm can be dangerous to your pet so please check every 3 months at least
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Supplements to improve intestinal health and worm counts:
1. Fermented Foods (e.g. Kefir)
Fermented foods are some of the best ways to build a healthy digestive system. That helps expel worms by boosting your dog’s immune system. Almost 90% of the immune system is in the gut.
You can buy fermented kefir or make your own. Start slowly with fermented veggies and work up to 1 to 3 tsp per day per 20 lbs of body weight.
2. Pumpkin Seeds
One of the safest and most effective ways to treat worms is with pumpkin seeds. That’s because pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin. Cucurbitin paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract.
When feeding your dog pumpkin seeds, use raw organic seeds. Don’t give your dog the salted seeds … these are not safe for your dog.
Grind seeds and give 2 tsp per 10kg of weight once or twice a day until the parasites are gone. Pumpkin seeds are safe for pregnant dogs.
3. Black Cumin Seed
People have called black cumin seed “the cure for everything except death.” It’s very safe and can work for most worms. If possible, try to buy whole seeds. In a pinch you can use black seed oil but be sure to halve the dose.
Give your dog ½ tsp to 1 tsp daily in his food. If your dog doesn’t like the taste you can heat the seeds to get rid of the bitter taste.
4. Grated Fruits And Vegetables
You can add certain fruit and veggies to your dog’s food to help get rid of worms. They’ll make your dog’s digestive tract less welcoming. Good choices include carrots, cucumber, watercress, greens, squash, and fennel.
Pineapple is also a good choice. It’s full of bromelain, an enzyme that digests proteins. It can also boost your dog’s immune system to help him fight off the worms. Papaya also contains an enzyme, called papain, that can help combat worms.
Pomegranate is useful for fighting off tapeworms. This is because compounds in pomegranate help expel worms from the digestive tract.
Add at least 1 tsp of any of these fruits and veggies per 10 lbs of body weight to your dog’s meals twice a day.
5. Vegetable Juice
Mix fresh carrot, beet, and cucumber juices into your dog’s food. This will help make his intestines less attractive to worms.
Give 1 tsp per 10 lbs of your dog’s body weight per day.
Garlic is safe to give your dog in moderate amounts and can be a good way to fight worms. In fact, a 2008 study shows that garlic can be as effective as conventional dewormers.
Use chopped raw organic garlic and let the garlic sit for 10 to 15 minutes before giving it to your dog. This will help release the beneficial compounds that fight off the worms. Then you can give your dog the following amount …
Small dogs … up to ¼ clove twice a day
Medium dogs … up to ½ clove twice a day
Large dogs … up to ¾ clove twice a day
Giant breeds … up to 1 clove twice a day
Caution: Don’t use garlic as a worm remedy for pregnant or lactating dogs, or if your dog is on blood thinners.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar has many benefits, one of which is helping deworm dogs. It creates a more alkaline digestive system that’s less attractive to parasites.
Use raw, organic, unfiltered vinegar and give ¼ to 1 tsp per day in your dog’s water or food.
Thyme is especially useful for hookworms. In their book Herbs For Pets, herbalists Greg Tilford and Mary Wulff recommend that you use fresh or dried herbs. Add 1 tsp per pound of food.
Caution: Do not use thyme essential oil on your dog as it can be toxic. You shouldn’t use thyme in any form for pregnant or lactating dogs.
You can also use parsley to expel worms. Cook fresh parsley down and strain out the solids, then freeze it into ice cubes.
Give one cube daily.
10. Bone Broth
Bone broth helps promote digestive health, which helps the immune system kill worms. It’s especially effective around the full moon.
Add a few tablespoons to your dog’s food or feed as a separate snack. You can also add some aloe juice for an extra boost.
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11. Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
You can use food-grade diatomaceous earth to reduce the number of worms in your dog. But it may not be helpful if your dog has tapeworms.
Small dogs … 1 tsp per day
Dogs over 55 lbs … up to 1 tbsp per day
Caution: Make sure you mix the diatomaceous earth into your dog’s food very well. If your dog inhales it, it can irritate his lungs. Do not use DE for pregnant or lactating dogs.
You can use chamomile to both prevent and expel roundworms and whipworms. This herb works more slowly but also helps reduce inflammation caused by the worms.
Use chamomile as a glycerin tincture for worms. Give 0.25 to 0.5 ml per 20 pounds of body weight, twice daily. Some dogs may be allergic to chamomile so check for sensitivity before using it. To do this, apply a small amount of the tincture to your dog’s skin.
Chamomile’s cousin, pineapple weed, is even more effective when it comes to expelling worms.
Caution: If your dog is pregnant or lactating, you shouldn’t use these herbs.
13. Olive Leaf
Olive leaf extract contains oleuropein, which can help expel parasites from your dog’s intestines. Look for an extract with 12% oleuropein or higher and give it for 8 weeks …
Small dogs … 300 mg twice daily
Medium dogs … 500 mg twice daily
Large and giant dogs … 1000 mg twice daily
14. Neem Leaf
Neem leaf is also useful for flushing out parasites from your dog’s intestines, but it’s not good for tapeworms.
Small dogs … 150 mg per day
Medium dogs … 250 mg per day
Large dogs … 500 mg per day
15. Oregon Grape
Oregon grape is anti-parasitic, antibiotic and liver tonic.
Give your dog 12 drops of Oregon grape tincture per 20 pounds of body weight. You’ll also want to give milk thistle when using Oregon grape. That’s because Oregon grape can be harsh on the liver and milk thistle will help protect it. Give ¼ tsp of milk thistle tincture per 20 pounds of body weight.
Caution: Oregon grape isn’t safe for pregnant or lactating dogs. Don’t use it for dogs with liver disease.
16. Black Walnut
Black walnut is safer than conventional dewormers but can be toxic to your dog if it isn’t used properly. That’s why you should only use it if the above options don’t work. Always ask for guidance from your holistic vet on using black walnut for your dog..
It’s also important to understand that black walnut does not address the underlying cause of the worms. It will simply kill and expel the worms.
If other options don’t work, there’s a good chance that your dog’s immune system is the problem.
Like black walnut, wormwood can be hard on your dog’s body but it’s effective for all types of worms. If you have exhausted all other options and want to try this herb, you should do so with the guidance of a holistic vet. This herb can irritate your dog’s liver and kidney.
Caution: You should never give wormwood to dogs who have seizures, kidney problems or liver disease.
18. Rabbit Ears
Or similar rough hairy pieces of meat have a souring affect removing worms from the gut
Anti-worm Food Supplements
You can also mix remedies to use as a general worming solution. Herbs For Pets recommends this combination for worms in dogs.
2 parts unsalted, raw pumpkin seeds
1 part garlic powder
1 part fennel seeds
1 part yucca root
Mix the ingredients together. You can grind the pumpkin seed or leave them whole. Add 1 tsp per pound of food daily. Tilford and Wulff recommend you feed this mixture for 5 days then take 2 days off. Continue until your dog no longer has worms.
Caution: Don’t use this mixture for pregnant or lactating dogs.