If you suspect that your dog has parasites, there are natural ways to take care of it. These detrimental creatures must be stopped for the good of your dog's health, as they steal vital nutrients from your pet. The following are signs to look for and a natural way to kick those parasitic creatures out.
Signs To Look For
You should be concerned if you notice any of the following:
- Vomiting (make sure you pay attention to the vomit, as it may contain traces of worms but not all parasites are visible)
- Soft stools or diarrhea (and watch out for blood in the stool)
- Lethargy (sense they are eating up all his or her energy)
- Pot belly (this is more common with smaller dogs or puppies)
- Change in their appetite. You might see a loss of appetite and a sudden increase, as the parasites eat up your dog's nutrients.
- Sudden loss of weight
- Your dog's coat might appear dull and dry
- Signs of skin irritation or rashes
- Visible worms in your dogs stool
- Worms in your dog's fur or anus (which can sometimes seem like small, moving segments of fur)
Do your best to take your dog to your veterinarian as soon as possible because these parasites can cause serious damage to your dog's intestines.
A Natural Remedy to Aid in Healing
This might seem unorthodox, but one solution to consider is a special kind of dirt. The dirt you may want to consider is food-grade diatomaceous earth, which is inexpensive. You can buy it online or at your local health food store.
Diatomaceous earth is made up of one-celled organisms called phytoplankton. These dead, one-celled organisms are helpful because they contain a negative charge (most parasites have a positive charge) and are also very drying. When your dog consumes some of this powder, it will travel and attract positively charged organisms. Diatomacous earth will begin to dehydrate and kill the parasites in your dog's body and that negative charge will continue to pull the dead parasites out of your dog's body.
So it is important to make sure your dog stays hydrated during this time. You can start with half a teaspoon (once a day), and mix it in your pet's wet food. As your dog's body adjusts to the dirt, you can slowly add a teaspoon a day.
Remember, this remedy is only meant to help your pet's situation because a parasite infestation will take time to heal. And tell your veterinarian, one like Animal Medical Center Of Bradenton, about any natural treatments so that he or she can be aware.