Our health is affected by chemicals & toxins in food and personal care products. The same is true for our pets.
Here are some proven natural ways to sustain and improve your pets' health, without having to resort to chemicals:
Pumpkin seed (raw, organic)
This can help to prevent and expel worms. Give them 1 teaspoon of the ground seed per 10 lbs of your dog’s weight. Just mix it into your pet's food daily or give it them unground as a treat! This is also a great dietary supplement for your dog - pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc and vitamin A, and are high in protein.
Fruit and vegetables
Add some of the following fresh foods to your dog’s diet to help make their intestinal tract less attractive to worms: grated raw carrots, fennel, shredded coconut and papaya.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
When fed in moderation, garlic has been show to help fight worms and a parasite called Giardia. In fact, a recent scientific study found garlic to be just as effective as the veterinary dewormer Ivermectin. It is also useful for boosting the immune system in recurrent infections. You can mince the garlic and add to your dogs food (1/2 to 2 cloves daily).
This herb, as well as its cousin pineapple weed, can work to prevent and expel both roundworms and whipworms.
Turmeric is well known for reducing inflammation in humans and has been shown to reduce the damage to the intestine caused by worm infestations. It contains four compounds with antiparasitic action, which are ineffective taken individually but have strong worm-killing properties when mixed together. Warning: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) can prevent blood from clotting so it could increase the risk of bleeding. Tell your veterinarian that your dog is on this dietary supplement and discontinue its use before surgery or during treatment with blood-thinning medications.
FINE TOOTH COMB
A fine-toothed flea comb is essential and should be used daily on your pet to catch fleas. Keep a bowl of soapy water on hand and dip the comb into it after each sweep. You can dab some petroleum jelly onto the comb to make the fleas stick to it, and then put them in a bowl of water with some oil drops in to trap them. If you comb your dog over white paper you will see the tiny black specks fall onto the paper if you drop any of the fleas.
VACUUM BEDDING AND FURNITURE REGULARLY
Vacuum the furniture and thoroughly wash the dog’s bedding weekly. Be careful if using a vacuum with a bag as flea eggs can get trapped in the bag, and then hatch – so always seal and throw away the bag after every vacuum.
GENTLE HERBAL SHAMPOOS
Gentle herbal shampoos are effective and can be used regularly – as much as once a week – but be careful not to dry out the dogs skin. When shampooing, use warm water and begin with a ring of lather around the animal’s neck so that fleas cannot climb onto the animal’s face.
FLEA AND TICK PET PROTECTOR DISC
This great little product uses advanced technology and the earth’s magnetic field to emit magnetic and Scalar waves - which fleas and ticks hate - so creating a protective shield around your pets’ body and repelling all external parasites.
These essential oils are fabulous and safe for both animals and humans:
Mix the oils together and dab between the dog’s shoulder blades. Then put a drop of lemon oil or rosemary oil on the dog’s collar.