Parasites are ever present and have a life cycle to live. Their job is to pass through a host and end up back in the ground or on the grasses, or other vegetation, do their job there and then go through a host and so on and so forth. This is a plan, by grand design, and nothing we can do will change that. The parasite was not designed to stay in the host but only pass through the host, on its journey through its life cycle. They only become a problem when they become over abundant. This tends to happen when there is a favorable food source to use on the inside of the host. The key then, is not to try to kill the parasite, and in turn poison the host, but simply keep the host healthy and free of parasite food.
This is accomplished by allowing the host, the horse, dog, cow, etc., the opportunity to ingest feeds that keep the organs supported and nourished, so the toxins are moved through, rather than stopping and creating a favorable environment for the parasite. I liken it to getting rid of rats out of a junk pile. The answer is not to get rid of the rats, because there are always going to be rats, but rather move the junk pile and the rats will leave on their own.
The #13 Herbal Wormer is designed to help support the body and maintain a favorable environment so the parasite simply has no desire to stay in the host and continues on its way. There are no harmful side effects to the organs such as the liver and kidneys when the host is given the herbs like there are when they are given synthetic wormers with a chemical to kill the parasite.
We get asked a lot of different questions regarding our Herbal Wormer. Here are a few of the most common with our answers:
1. How often do you give the Herbal Wormer? Our recommendation is to give it to both horses and dogs for 10 days out of the month. Because the protozoa tend to be more active around a full moon, we feel it is also best to give the Herbal Wormer around this time.
2. Do I need to use the Herbal Wormer each and every month? While there is no issue giving it each month, it may not be necessary. We recommend watching your horse for obvious signs of parasites and also using their environment as a factor. If you live in the desert, like we are here, you may not need the Herbal Wormer that often. Most horses and dogs around here generally get the product 2-3 times per year. This may fluctuate depending on the animal and its situation.
3. Why do we use Black Walnut in the Herbal Wormer for horses? While the bark of the Black Walnut tree is very toxic to horses, we actually use the hull of the walnut in our product. Black Walnut is known to be a great anti-parasitic.
4. Do I need to worm my horse with a paste wormer if I am using the Herbal Wormer? The herbal wormer is much more gentle on the horse than are the synthetic pastes that work by poisoning the parasite. Herbal wormers simply change the favorable environment of the parasite so the parasite would rather be dining somewhere else.
5. Why does the 1/4 lb. bag have 15 scoops when you only need 10? We wanted to account for those horses that may weigh more than 1200 lbs, as they will need a little extra with each feeding.
Here is a list of the herbs used in each product. You can visit our Herbal Information page for more on each herb and how they may be beneficial for your horse and/or dog.
E13 Herbal Wormer: Garlic, Cascara, Clove, Kelp, Sage, Slippery Elm, Black Walnut, Chaparral, Juniper.
K13 Herbal Wormer: Barberry, Cascara, Garlic, Milk Thistle, Sage, Slippery Elm, Clove, Goldenseal, Chaparral, Juniper.
As always, we encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have, 866-543-6956.