Deworming dogs naturally can offer your pet a healthy and effective alternative to medications. Worms (internal parasites) are very common in dogs but, fortunately, they are also very treatable with herbs. The canine body’s natural defenses against worms, supported by the correct herbal ingredients, are adequate to destroy or expel unwanted parasites.
What are the symptoms my dog may have parasites?
- Visible worms or eggs in feces: This is the most common way to confirm that your dog has worms. However, not all kinds of worms are visible to the naked eye.
- Scratching, scooting, or rubbing his rear on the ground or against furniture: If your dog shows signs of itchiness around the rear, it may be irritated by worms in the area, and you’ll see him scooting.
- Vomiting with visible worms: If your dog has worms, you may also see them in your dog’s vomit.
- Bloated stomach or belly: This is another common symptom of worms, often seen in puppies who contract worms from their mother.
- Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger and weight loss: If your dog has worms, the worms are stealing your dog’s nutrition. Your dog may be weak or constantly hungry, and in severe cases, may be losing weight.
- Diarrhea: Particularly with blood in it. Diarrhea can also be indicative of other serious conditions, and your vet should be contacted.
How do I use herbs for deworming dogs naturally?
There are many beneficial herbs to assist in deworming your dog naturally.
- Anti-Parasitic herbs such as barberry, garlic, and goldenseal. These three will actually kill certain parasites, along with being anti-bacterial.
- Digestive herbs such as cascara, juniper, and slippery elm will all aid in the natural digestive process while gently evacuating the parasites from the intestine.
- Blood supporting herbs such as chaparral help cleanse the blood and stimulate the immune system. In addition, chaparral is an effective antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic herb.
What dewormer should I give my dog?
We like to convey that natural is better. Synthetic drugs do kill parasites effectively, but ultimately take a toll on the liver and kidneys, creating other issues you’ll need to deal with. Our #13 Herbal Wormer works naturally by simply creating a healthy environment in your dog but an unpleasant one for parasites. We like to use the story of the Junk Pile. If you have a junk pile, you usually have rats. You can set traps, but you will still have rats because you still have a junk pile. If you clean up the junk pile, the rats have nowhere to live, so they leave. This is the same theory for parasites. Parasites aren’t a problem until they stop and set up camp in the intestines. Our #13 Herbal Wormer includes the anti-parasitic, digestive, and blood purifying herbs mentioned above, along with other beneficial herbs, to help support your dog’s health while creating the environment the parasites will want to evacuate.
When and how often should a dog be dewormed?
Our recommendation is to feed the #13 Herbal Wormer for 10 days when you start your deworming program. Parasites seem to respect the lunar cycles. Female worms ovulate between the new and full moons. Deworming at this time may disrupt the egg laying cycle. If you can disrupt the full 7-14 day egg laying cycle, you disrupt the parasites. See the 2021 Worming Schedule on our website.
- Can I use the #13 Herbal Wormer in addition to heart worm medication? Yes. #13 Herbal Wormer will help aid the body’s in natural deworming defenses and resistance of protozoa.
- Can I use the #13 Herbal Wormer instead of heart worm medication? We cannot make this recommendation; however, we have had customers use the #13 Herbal Wormer instead of regular heart worm medication and have good results.
- Can I use the #13 Herbal Wormer on myself? We do not have a product packaged for human consumption at this time; however, we have had people use it, with positive results.