What You Should Know About Natural Pet Dewormer

For all critters great and small!

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Old-Fashioned Natural Alternative Wormers

Are you concerned about using strong chemicals as a wormer for your dog or cat? Here are a few old-fashioned, natural alternatives:

Add cayenne pepper to your pets’ food. Typically, cayenne pepper as a nutritional supplement comes in 450 mg capsules. Use approximately 225 mg per 50 pounds of body weight per day. For smaller pets, like cats, just a little pinch mixed into the food is fine. This is an ongoing preventative. Understand that cayenne pepper as a nutritional supplement doesn’t have the hot taste of cayenne pepper as a spice. Be sure to get the kind that is intended as a nutritional supplement.

Add fresh parsley to the food. Dice it up small or grind it and add it to food at approximately one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight. Of course, this may be a bit much for a cat, so they may not like it in food. However, cats may like parsley as a live plant to chew on. For cats, it has the added benefit of helping with fur balls!

Add wheat bran to the diet. One eighth teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight works for bigger pets. For small pets just add a pinch. Be sure to add it to very moist food and give it a chance to soak up moisture before feeding it. You may want to add a little extra water to be sure it is palatable.

You can choose to add the above to your pets’ food on an ongoing basis in moderate amounts and/or you can add diatomaceous earth as a wormer monthly.

Food grade diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled around your house and kennel and used as a light dust on your pets to deter and kill fleas, ticks, and lice. I don’t recommend using it outdoors. It works by drying up the mucous membranes of the pests, so there is nothing to keep it from drying up the mucous membranes of beneficial insects as well! You should exercise caution when handling it. Avoid breathing it in and don’t toss it about. Sprinkle it carefully where it is needed without allowing it to be blown around.

It can also be used as a wormer at the following rates:

¼ teaspoon: Kittens

½ teaspoon: Miniature dogs

1 teaspoon: Large cats and dogs under fifty pounds.

1 tablespoon: Dogs fifty to one hundred pounds.

2 tablespoons: Dogs over one hundred pounds.

This goes over best when mixed with something extremely delicious (like jack mackerel) once a month.

Copyright:SB:June 20, 2009


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Dale Hyde profile image

Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

Always in the mood to read about alternative treatments whether they be for man or animal. Wonderful advice here on worming pets. Great hub! Thanks.


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas! Author

Thanks, Dale! I am learning more and more about diatomaceous earth every day, and I have to say, it's some pretty miraculous stuff for people and animals, alike! ;D


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chspublish 4 years ago from Ireland

Good and useful alternatives. Thank you.


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Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

That it is, Sally, and I am still learning as well. :)


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas! Author

Thanks Dale and CHS! ;D


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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I just purchase a de-wormer for my cats. Now I now I can used other things. Thanks.


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas! Author

Good! I'm glad this is useful to you! I am really liking diatomaceous earth for this purpose these days. It's also a great flea powder, but you have to use it frequently! Thanks for your comment 2besure! ;D


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Marla Neogra 4 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

I have a dog that is allergic to some flea medicine and also has allergies very badly when flea infested so I will definitely try the diatomaceous earth remedy as soon as possible! I hate to see her uncomfortable and hate to give her allergy medicine just to be able to tolerate the flea medicine.

If I dust her in the bathtub and rinse any traces down the drain that should work?


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas! Author

Well, the diatomaceous earth might clog your drain. I usually dust my little dog in his bed. That way I get him and his bedding at the same time. Then I just vacuum up any that he tracks around the house.


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Marla Neogra 4 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

Sounds good, thanks for all the tips!


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas! Author

My pleasure! ;D


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jtrader 3 years ago

I never thought of using wheat brand that way.

Voted up and interesting ;-)


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas! Author

Thanks, JTrader. I'm mostly using the diatomaceous earth now. All my critters seem to like it fine, and it's very effective. I use if for two weeks out of the month in everybody's food. ;D

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