Diatomaceous Earth: An Effective Natural De-Wormer
Diatomaceous Earth is now widely known as an effective natural de-wormer. It’s proven to work against almost all types of parasitic worms, including roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, hookworms, and whipworms, within 7 to 30 days. The best thing about it is that it’s completely safe and non-toxic. It works for both humans and animals, whether to eliminate existing worms or prevent possible contraction.
What’s Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth is made up of the microscopic remains of phytoplankton (single-celled marine microorganisms), known as diatoms, which lived in oceans and lakes all around the world. These tiny fossilized particles are mined from the bottom of dried bodies of water that are about a thousand years old, crushed, and then sifted. If kept dry, diatomaceous earth has an unlimited shelf-life, meaning it can literally last forever!
Which Type of Diatomaceous Earth Should I Use?
There are two main types of diatomaceous earth: filter-grade and food grade.
Filter-grade or non-food grade diatomaceous earth inedible and extremely toxic to both humans and animals. It’s primarily used for industrial purposes, such as water filtration and dynamite manufacture.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is the edible kind and is safe to be consumed by both humans and animals. When buying diatomaceous earth to de-worm your pet with, it’s very important to read the package label thoroughly and make sure that you’re getting the food-grade kind.
How Do I Use Diatomaceous Earth to De-Worm My Pet?
Diatomaceous earth can be used to de-worm adult dogs and cats, as well as young kittens and puppies. How much of it they should consume daily depends on their size and weight. For kittens and puppies, you can give about half a teaspoon to one teaspoon, while for adult cats and small dogs, you can give two teaspoons. For dogs that weigh 20 to 100 pounds, it’s 1 to 2 tablespoons, and those that weigh more than 100 pounds can receive 3 tablespoons.
Using the above dosing, you can give diatomaceous earth to your pet once or twice a day for 30 days to remove all traces of the worms, including the eggs and hatchlings. Start giving it to them once a day to get them used to it, then move on to twice a day. If your pet has health issues or is currently taking medications, especially de-worming ones, please talk to your veterinarian first. For your pet’s safety, never make any alterations to your pet’s current treatment regimen or diet without consulting with a veterinary professional beforehand.
Other Uses of Diatomaceous Earth
Flea prevention and treatment
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe for animals and humans, but not so much for tiny insects and parasites, like fleas. Up close, each particle has razor-sharp edges that can cut through the exoskeleton (hard outer covering) of insects, drying them out and killing them.
If your pet has fleas, rubbing diatomaceous earth into their coat can help eliminate them. You can also sprinkle some on flea-ridden bedding or furniture to kill stray fleas.
Diatomaceous earth works against all kinds of bugs, including ants and pesky bed bugs. If you’re dealing with a minor pest problem at home, you can skip calling pest control and simply pour some diatomaceous earth on infested furniture, carpets, rugs, or bedding.
Worm eradication from soil
Aside from internal parasites and bugs, diatomaceous earth is also effective in removing parasitic worms that live in the soil, like hookworms, which can infect both humans and animals.
If your pet is currently recovering or has recently recovered from a parasitic worm infection and they often do their business in your backyard, then there’s a huge risk of reinfection or transmission to other animals. To prevent this from happening, you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth on contaminated areas immediately after removing feces.