Natural Alternative to Chemical Wormers
Why give your dogs chemical wormers and put insecticides on them when you don't need to?
The advent of the Internet has given people the power to research and learn a lot more than they were able to do so years ago. The consequence of over use of chemicals (vaccinations, wormers, insecticides etc.) has meant our pets have paid a high price. More and more people are looking for natural alternatives and Diatomaceous Earth is one of them, however, not many people are aware of its many benefits.
If Vets had their way they would have you treat your dog monthly with something like Frontline and/or Advocate. My dogs never get treated with anything like this and I always avoid chemicals whenever possible. I came across Diatomaceous Earth last year and have since been giving it to all our dogs daily as a wormer and general supplement. Why don't vets sell it? DE is a cheap natural product and you do not need a consultation or prescription for it, consequently, there isn't any money in it for vets or pharmaceutical companies. Remember, wormers, flea, tick and heartworm treatments are easy "bread and butter" money for vets and many of these are prescription only. Click here to see information on the contra-indications of using chemical treatments and some comments from an on-line pet forum:
Codex Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an eco-friendly, naturally organic material that is an EU approved feed additive (Silicon Dioxide) E551C and has been used for over 25 years for controlling both internal and external parasites. Parasites do not build immunity to DE as they do with traditional chemical wormers.
DE is made from unicellular algae-like fossilized water plants called diatoms, these have been around since prehistoric times and are mined and finely ground. Besides containing approximately 3% magnesium, 33% silicon, 19% calcium and 2% iron it also contains approximately 15 trace minerals essential to our well-being. DE is particularly beneficial for growing youngsters.
There are numerous benefits from taking DE on a daily basis. It can be taken daily by humans, dogs, cats, poultry and farm animals for eliminating worms and as a general supplement.
Other benefits include:
- replenishing cells with depleted silica (essential for bones, tendons, skin, cartilage and blood vessels)
- regulating bowel movements
- cleansing the colon
- improving urinary health (diuretic and cures infections of the urinary tract)
- improving joint mobility
- reducing arthritis pain
- improving the respiratory tract
- strengthening teeth, gums, hair and nails
- reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- increasing energy levels
- helps keep the immune system stronger and healthier
DE is a natural detoxifier and as it goes through the system it attracts and absorbs: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, drug residues, E-Coli and heavy metals.
It can be used externally to:
- remove parasites (mites, fleas etc.) by rubbing into the skin/hair/feathers
- clear dandruff
- remove the sting from insect bites and skin irritations
- relieve burns including sunburn
Other uses, and there are many, vary from being used as a teeth and metal cleaner to removing pests from garden plants.
Sura had an occurrence of Harvest Mites at the end of the summer, she had raw, weeping areas on her tail and very sore patches on her stomach, around her vulva, back legs and under her armpits. I pressed DE powder into her skin twice a day (I did this in the garden so any surplus blew away), within a few days her skin was clear and she was mite free. I have some rather graphic pictures (not really suitable to put on the website due to the area photographed!) but I can send them to you if you drop me an e-mail. Sura was cured for pennies using a natural product which did not necessitate a visit to the vet.
As DE mixes with water there is never a build up in the system, consequently, to get the maximum benefit it should be taken daily.
Recommended Daily Dosages:
|Small dogs and puppies||1 tsp|
|Medium dogs (20 kg)||2 tsp|
|Large dogs (45 kg)||1 tbsp|
|Very large dogs (50+ kg)||2 tbsp|
|Giant breeds and humans||2+ tbsp|
Our dogs are all raw fed (BARF diet) and each gets a tablespoon of DE mixed into their breakfast each morning. My family and I take it each morning in fruit juice (a tablespoon each). It is easily taken in fruit juice, a smoothie, yogurt, milk and even water.
A fascinating website to look at is: wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com
For the last 10 years they have been using DE daily for both humans and all their animals, go to the relevant pages to see the benefits.
Other interesting sites are:
Re: WARNING Advocate!
This was posted on the net some time back.
A veterinarian presented with a peculiar case of a poodle stuck in its crate last week traced the problem to the pet's spot-on flea treatment, as reported by Edie Lau for VIN News Service.
Residue from the product Advantage, which was applied between the poodle's shoulders, somehow came in contact with the plastic base of the animal's crate, dissolving the plastic and causing the dog's belly to stick to the crate. When the dog wouldn't come out of its crate the next morning, the concerned owner brought the dog, crate and all, to Dr. Tej Dhaliwal of North Town Veterinary Hospital in Ontario, Canada. Following two hours of investigating, Dhaliwal concluded that benzyl alcohol, an inactive ingredient in Advantage, was to blame. Bob Walker, a spokesman for Bayer in the United States, confirmed that Advantage contains benzyl alcohol, which reacts with certain plastics. He said he consulted with colleagues in veterinary services and was told, "We know it can happen, but we've never seen it." In fact, a lead veterinarian at Bayer thought most of the veterinary community was aware that the product could react with plastic. None of the three veterinarians I asked knew of this - and all had prescribed countless doses of Advantage and Advantix. The incident certainly surprised Dr. Dhaliwal, a practitioner for 13 years, who posted his experience in an online discussion board of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). Some veterinarians said they were familiar with the potential for the product to damage plastic, but many were astonished by the news. Dhaliwal said the owner of the dog, a 15-year-old poodle mix, had applied Advantage to the dog before bedtime. He speculated that the dog rolled over in the crate before the liquid pesticide dried. Presumably, residue of the product made contact with the plastic floor of the crate, causing the plastic to dissolve and "glue" the dog in place overnight.
The white dog had a patch of dark gray plastic about 6 inches by 4 inches stuck to its fur. Following the advice of representatives at Bayer, Dhaliwal said, he removed the remaining plastic using the Dhaliwal the contents of another two tubes of Advantage. Once freed, the dog was fine. Bayer Animal Health, maker of Advantage, acknowledged that the flea treatment was the likely culprit and offered to pay the owner's veterinary bill, compensate him for loss of salary and replace the crate, Dhaliwal said.
Walker at Bayer said the company veterinarian he consulted speculated that benzyl alcohol is found in a variety of spot-on flea treatments besides Advantage. However, it's not possible to determine which products contain the compound by reading their labels, as manufacturers are not required to list inactive ingredients. Officials in Canada examined the lot of Advantage used on the dog to check whether it contained an abnormally high concentration of benzyl alcohol but found nothing unusual. All owners and veterinarians should be aware of the dangers of the products we use on our pets, but this one took me completely by surprise! Who would think that something we apply to the skin could melt plastic? And how many times have we applied a product like this to a cat or dog, and placed them in a crate so they could not roll on the carpet or come in contact with the baby while it dried? Does anyone else wonder why there is not a warning on the box about this danger?
Just treated both dog's with Avocate spot on, Oscar my older dog has came in from the garden and straight up on the sofa. I now have a big patch (about the size of a small plate) what look's like melted leather didn't even give it a thought about him been on the sofa as he always get's up, but forgot about the stuff I put on him, my hubby will kill me.
I've just also rang Advocate and they want me to e-mail pics to them, first they said "well it does say you have to leave the ointment to dry, as it contains alcohol, as it could stain", I then blasted them with "but it's not a stain, my sofa is ruined it has actually burnt the top layer of leather off my sofa, which is far from a stain". I don't think I'll get anywhere with them but it's worth a try.
I have just stumbled on this forum and post as I googled for "advocate damage leather sofa". Guess what has happened to my leather sofa! The top lacquer layer has been melted off by Advocate. The dog was not allowed on the sofa for over an hour after the stuff was applied but it still did the damage. I have emailed Bayer but at the moment I haven't heard anything back.
That happened to our new flat screen tv when the cat laid against it, like it melted the plastic....god only knows what it does to the cats!
When I used Frontline on my previous dog it splashed onto the door & bubbled the paint! I don't use any flea treatment now, will deal with it if he gets fleas - he is over one year old with loads of hair but hasn't had fleas yet. Figure its like people - you would never use nit stuff every 3 months on a child just in case.
I asked previous vets about the lungworm/snail issue, said really its mostly a marketing ploy to get you to buy that particular brand. Have since moved vets (only because its closer) & had a newsletter from them yesterday. It mentioned this & said its mainly effecting areas in the South so if holidaying that way talk to them but its really easy to treat anyway.