How to De-Worm Your Pet with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

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How to De-Worm Your Pet with Food  Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Are you dealing with worms but don't want to use the chemicals to deworm your pet? And now you just don't know what else to do? Did you know that 85 to 95% of the human population also has worms which is a major contributor to disease and illness.

Are you dealing with worms but don't want to use the chemicals to deworm your pet? And now you just don't know what else to do? Did you know that 85 to 95% of the human population also has worms which is a major contributor to disease and illness. We only feed our pets what we would eat ourselves so why would we give them a chemical that we wouldn't take ourselves? That's why we feed Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.  We give it to all our animals and we even take it ourselves.


What is Diatomaceous Earth?


Diatomaceous earth (DE) is the remains of microscopic one-celled plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the world. These deposits are mined from underwater beds or from ancient dried lake bottoms thousands of years old. This means, diatomaceous earth has an unlimited shelf life provided you keep it dry. Our diatomaceous earth is organic OMRI listed Codex Food Chemical Grade. It is a non-treated, non-calcined fresh water Diatomaceous Earth. It is mined, crushed, sifted, bagged and pure white in color. It contains less than .5% silicon. There are food grade diatomaceous earth products that are yellow or tan in color which indicates a higher iron content. Those which are gray in color contain more clay. It is very important to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in and around your household.

As we’ve mentioned this supplement in our previous post for ridding your life of fleas this is how we use it internally. When food grade diatomaceous earth is fed in adequate daily amounts, it eliminates all intestinal worms and parasites. This helps the human or animal better absorb the nutrients from the food they eat, which in turn benefits them as a whole! De actually rids the body of roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within 7 days of being fed daily. But to be most effective, food grade diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach as De does not kill the eggs. A minimum of 60 days is suggested for most worms, 90 days is advised for lungworms and even sometimes double the recommended dose. Just remember, DE has to come in contact with the worm or parasite to kill it within 24 to 72 hours. Once you start deworming with DE you don’t want to stop or take any breaks otherwise the infestation of dead dying worms which emit bacteria and toxins can cause a toxic overload, which can make animals or people sicker. Really, you can feed too little, but you can't feed too much! In most cases the way you can tell if your dosing is a little too high would be if there is any constipation!


The dosing chart is as follows:


Kittens - 1/2 teaspoon

Cats - 1 teaspoon

Puppies - 1/2 to 1 tsp.

Dogs under 35 lbs. - 1 teaspoon

Dogs over 35 lbs. - 1 tablespoon

Dogs over 100 lbs. - 2 tablespoons

Cattle, Dairy Cows, & Hogs - 2% of dry feed ration

Chickens - 5% in feed

Goats, Sheep, Alpacas, & Llamas - 2% in grain

Zoo animals - 2% in daily feed

*Humans - 1 - 3 heaping tablespoon daily


We recommend starting slow and increasing as desired, after you are certain you aren't having any heavy detox effects. Because DE is a safe non-toxic natural dewormer, with no chemicals to it, worms can't be immune to it!


Whether it's for you, your pets, or even your home DE has a wide variety of benefits! For one it can help to boost and build immune systems which keeps your pets happy and healthy with the added bonus of a soft and shiny coat! It’s also used to detox any heavy metals out of the blood and even things like e coli and other harmful bacterias and viruses! In humans it's used a lot to stabilize blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels! With over 15 trace minerals in its makeup DE is great for everyone!


Diatomaceous earth has so many more benefits than just deworming!

But more importantly the benefits of DE mean reduction in vet bills and disease! All in all you and your pets will have a much healthier life!


  1. -Louise's - -Louise's -

    Hi Kamaran,
    I would just sprinkle it on her while she is laying there and if you can pet her just use your hands to rub it in. If you cannot pet her don't worry it will work its way in. You can also just put it where she lays and she will get enough on her that way. I also wanted to mention we have a product that works great for seizures ( Derma Nerv- Amber Naturalz). Give us a call and we can go over some things to help Izzy with her seizures.

  2. Kamaran Kamaran

    My Izzy cat has severe seizures and on cbd which helps. Flea combing her usually triggers a seizure so what is the best way to use DE? I refuse to use any chemical treatment on her.. Period. Even vet recommended ones list seizures as side effect and already have those

  3. Kelly Hughart Kelly Hughart

    I just fed my house cat, Charlotte, her first dose of diatomaceous earth in her soft food. She is a big, fluffy Maine Coon, and is always licking herself. I'm sure she has swallowed some fleas as. a result, and no doubt, has tapeworms. I use herbal flea powder on her to keep the fleas at bay. I really hope this works! All of my kitties, including Charlotte, get fed holistic cat food, and I prefer natural, holistic remedies over synthetic ones. Natural is just better. It's healthier. And I hope this diatomaceous earth treatment works for Charlotte. If it does, I'll use this remedy on my other cats, as well. Here's hoping!

  4. -Louise's - -Louise's -

    Hi Lisa,
    It all depends on your circumstance and environment. You can feed continually non stop if you want to or need to. For instance, if you have fleas you will want to feed continually to avoid tapeworms because even though you will get rid of them in approx 7 days the dog/cat will become infested again as long as you still have the fleas. We will usually feed for about 6 months and then take a break and start again in a couple of months.

  5. Lisa Bason Lisa Bason

    How many times a year does this treatment need to be done for both cats and dogs?

  6. -Louise's - -Louise's -

    Hi Rachel,
    Yes you feed it daily. Even though it usually takes care of most worms in 7 to 14 days, we recommend to feed it a minimum of 30 days.

  7. Rachel Montgomery Rachel Montgomery

    The doseage chart here does not explain how often to give DE. Is this a daily chart?

  8. - - - -

    Yes, if you think she will lay in it that would work. If you can get close enough you can also sprinkle it on her without touching her (a little goes a long way). I would also feed it to her to get rid of worms. (tapeworms come from fleas). We also have a product called flea free that you can feed to her which will help to get rid of them and prevent future problems. With feral cats we recommend to always do both because you are not in control of their environment.

  9. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    I have a feral cat with fleas. I can't touch her. I want to get rid of them before my other ferals catch them. If I leave DE where she sleeps, so it gets on her coat, do you think it will work?

  10. - - - -

    Hi Stella,
    When feeding the DE it is easier to mix with wet food and usually the dogs/cats don't notice it. It will adhere to dry also but sometimes certain animals will not eat it that way. When I take it I mix it in my smoothie. There really isn't much taste, its just chalky.

  11. Stella Kittinger Stella Kittinger

    How do you reccomended feeding the DE? Do you mix it into wet food? How about humans? In a drink, or?

  12. Veronica Veronica

    Remember when dusting animals for fleas to protect them & you from inhaling dust so as not to irritate the lungs. Can also be drying to skin so just use common sense & keep an eye for any irritation. We're already taking the smarter route. It may be a bit more work, but worth not using chemicals on our fur babies!

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