Diatomaceous Earth: Natural Alternative To Dewormers and Flea Treatments

Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs

Diatomaceous Earth is a dirt-cheap way to control external and internal parasites in your dog. DE is a natural way to efficiently eliminate fleas, bugs, worms (roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms) within a handful of days.

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth is inert dust harvested from sediments at the bottom of oceans, lakes, and rivers around the globe. It comes from diatoms – a type of single-celled algae with microscopic, beautiful geometric shells made of silicon dioxide. Over millennia, diatoms accumulate in aquatic sediments as fossils that can be harvested and dried into fine white dust, known as Diatomaceous Earth.

Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass.

Composition Of Diatomaceous Earth

Each deposit of diatomaceous earth is different, with varying blends of pure diatomaceous earth combined with other natural clays and minerals. The diatoms in each deposit contain different amounts of silica, depending on the age of the deposit.

The species of diatom may also differ among deposits and is dependent upon the age and paleo-environment of the deposit. In turn, the shape of a diatom is determined by its species.

Magnified Diatomaceous Earth Natural Insect Control
Magnified Diatomaceous Earth Through A Microscope Lens (Credits to Wikipedia/Zephyris under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Common Uses Of DE

Diatomaceous Earth has been used as an exfoliant in skin products, a source of detoxification and mineral additive in pet food, and is an extremely effective reduced-risk pesticide! Cattle is given a lot of DE to act as an extremely efficient de-wormer.

Diatomaceous Earth is deadly to any insect yet completely harmless to animals. Diatomaceous Earth’s mode of action for insect, worm, bug and parasite control is mechanical. The microscopically sharp edges contact the internal or external parasites and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die. The larvae are affected in the same way.

Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs

Internal parasites can be controlled by giving Diatomaceous Earth internally. It is very important to note that it must be food grade – the earth used in gardens and pool filters can damage your dog.

Dog Eating Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is safe for humans and for pets! (Credits: Judith Keenan)

Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily. To be most effective, DE should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.

Another use for Diatomaceous Earth is the control of external parasites and flies. This is achieved by dusting your dog with Diatomaceous Earth, along with his bedding area and surrounding carpeted areas.

Diatomaceous Earth vs Frontline, Panacur, Advantage?

Let’s be fair and objective: whether you decide to preventively treat your dogs (and cats) with DE or with the regular brands with their own formulas, the results will be positive.

Where Diatomaceous Earth clearly wins the battle, if not the war, is that it is completely natural and does not cause as of the latest researches, any allergy or any serious undesired side effect. Some breeds are allergic to some brands (Collies, for example, do not support ivermectin, present in many products) and they tend to also cost a lot of money when you sum it all up at the end of the year.

Many efficient products can act as tick and flea treatments but DE is a natural one, which can earn the favors of several organic-friendly dog owners.

Dosage Of Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs

For dogs weighing over 55lbs or 25kg, simply add one tablespoon per day of food-grade Diatomaceous Earth in your dog’s food bowl, mixed with his usual meal. For a dog weighing less and for puppies, only use one teaspoon.

To use DE as a natural and powerful external parasite control, it is even simpler. Simply rub the powder at full strength into your dog’s coat for parasites and fleas. It is recommended to also sprinkle some on your dog’s bedding, or your sofa.

In case of invasion or even bed bugs, use a lot more on the various surfaces affected, leave it for a few days and you will be impressed by the results.

19 comments on « Diatomaceous Earth: Natural Alternative To Dewormers and Flea Treatments »

  1. I have been giving my greyhound food grade diatomaceous earth for 2 weeks and it has not helped. Now there is blood in her stool with diarrhea. Going to the vet to get another de-wormer.

    1. I am a firm believer that when dealing with beings (dogs and humans included) there are not set rules or magic superfood. Diatomaceous Earth is however undeniably a wonderful addition to a dog’s diet with great results for most of them.

      If your dog seemed sick afterwards, check with your vet and perhaps adapt the dosage or perhaps DE is just not for your pooch.

      Hope he/she gets better very shortly Gail… All the best and hugs!

    2. You can buy this stuff at Amazon and shipped whereever you need it.
      I just got a 10 lb. bag of the stuff for natural bug control and it even came with the duster… :-)

  2. I understand that many people use and swear by DE for their pets. However, if those sharp edges are sharp enough to destroy worms I cringe to think of what its doing to the walls of the intestines. I just can’t see that it hurts the parasite and not the host, too.

    1. The host is a lot more resistant Wendy, the same way acidic foods may destroy some bacterias but not our internals. However, always use it with moderation at first to make sure the dogs reacts well to it.

  3. What about usage on pregnant/lactating dogs? Is it safe while pregnant and when she is nursing? Any studies/proof?

    1. Pregnant and nursing mamas, you’re in the clear – diatomaceous earth can be safely taken during either stage. Just be sure to drink plenty of water, that’s all.

  4. You mentioned it kills worms, but didn’t mention tapeworms. So my question is does it kill tape
    worms in dogs & cats?

  5. I had a horse come in with giant ascarids we wormed with commercial workers for 8 months every month and she still showed signs. I used diatomaceous earth and within 1 month all works were gone! I still feed it and my herd is vertically worm free

  6. I raise and breed red toy poodles. I learned early that DE could be used to keep worms and parasites out of their intestines. In the beginning I wondered though, so I had their feces vet checked 3 different times in the last 2 years and they all are worm and parasite free. It works. I give them approximately 1/2 teaspoon each on one of their feedings daily. It is tasteless so that helps for those picky eaters.

  7. Brenda, I raise red toy poodles and one had her first puppies New Years Eve. I only put a pinch mixed into their food till they are older then work up to 1/2 teaspoon daily. Make sure they have fresh water so they don’t get dehydrated from eating the DE.

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