Everyone can agree when it comes to our pets, worms are unfortunately something we all have to deal with. Dealing with them doesn’t have to be difficult and staying away from chemicals can be easy.
Everyone can agree when it comes to our pets, worms are unfortunately something we all have to deal with. Dealing with them doesn’t have to be difficult and staying away from chemicals can be easy. Food for thought, we spend so much time making sure our pets are eating the best and getting the best nutrition so why would you then turn around and pump them full of chemicals. Thanks to Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth your pets can stay healthy and get rid of any parasites or worms in their system without any harmful chemicals. We give it to all of 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. Food grade diatomaceous earth is the only kind you want to feed or use in your home. Not all food grade DE is the same, some products are yellow or tan in color which indicates a higher iron content. Gray means the DE is full of more clay or dirt. In both cases neither is pure diatomaceous earth and will not work as effectively.
Those that follow our blogs know we’ve mentioned this supplement before for its external benefits in ridding your home of fleas. It’s internal benefits are just as amazing and achieves completely different goals. 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. When dealing with an issue we usually recommend doubling the dose. Making sure your dosing is correct is important. Too little won’t do what you want and too much can cause 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 with the minimum dose for their body weight and increasing to the desired amount so they don’t have any heavy detox effects. 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. Because DE is a safe non-toxic natural dewormer, with no chemicals to it, worms can't become 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 is one of those supplements that can be good for so many things. It’s benefits are numerous and its capabilities astounding. When it comes to deworming there's no better supplement to turn to that will keep your pets safe and healthy and rid them of these pesky parasites.
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.