Home Remedies for Intestinal Parasites (worms) in Pets
Anthelmentic, Vermifuge, taenifuges, anti fungals, and parasiticides are names that refer to herbs that kill parasites.
PUMPKIN SEED (raw, organic). This has been used for hooks and tapeworms. If your pet is a rodent hunter or is always re-infesting with tapes or hooks, you may want to consider this as a preventative measure (it really works). The dose is 1 tsp of the ground seed per 10 lbs of the animal's body weight. Tip: Grind the seeds in an electric coffee grinder (to a loose powder) and store it in a glass jar in the freezer. Mix it into your pets food daily. This is a great dietary supplement whether your pet has worms or not! Their great for your pet but in the intestinal track, they act like ground glass to a worm, another one of natures great tricks! Raw pumpkin seeds are also a super source of zinc and vitamin A, and are higher in protein, 29%, than almost any other nut or seed.
GARLIC (Allium sativum). This has shown some activity against a parasite called Giardia. It is useful for boosting the immune system in recurrent infections. Dogs can become infected with Giardia by drinking from contaminated streams and waterways; or anything else contaminated with infected fecal matter.
Garlic has a well earned reputation of enhancing immunity and warding off all kinds of worms. It can be minced or pressed and added to your dog (1/2 to 2 cloves daily) or cat's (1/4 to 1/2 clove daily) food. For cats it can also be offered minced and added to a small amount of warm cream.
In a recent scientific study, garlic was tested against Ivermectin (drug) and proved to be a very useful as an alternative treatment against parasites in animals and humans. The article link below includes new research using the Allium sativum anthelmentic effect and has been patented (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18673129).
Common Drug Interactions
warfarin / blood-thinning medications - caution
Garlic has anti-platelet activity (preventing blood from clotting), it could increase the risk of bleeding. Tell your veterinarian that your pet is on this dietary supplement and discontinue its use before surgery or during treatment with blood-thinning medications.
PAPAYA. This was shown to be effective in eliminating roundworms in pigs, it may work for your pet. As a supplement mature green papaya is a great source for digestive enzymes and provides the protein digestion of old muco-protein and parasites. If you don't have access to fresh papaya it can be purchased in powder form in health food stores.
CARROT (Finely Grated). Added to your pets daily diet, a couple of teaspoons up to 2 Tablespoons depending on the size of your pet can help keep the digestive track clean and less prone to worm infestations.
BLACK WALNUT (Juglans nigra). This is a common anti-parasitic used in dogs and cats to treat tapeworms: most dosing schedules recommend 1 capsule of the ground herb per 20lbs of body weight. Black walnut should be used under professional supervision. DO NOT EXCEED DOSAGE. MORE IS NOT BETTER AND IT COULD BE HARMFUL (potential toxicity). Caution: Do Not Give Black Walnut to horses. Some horses are very sensitive to a fungal contaminate that can be found in walnut hulls. Due to safety issues (tannin and alkaloid levels that may lead to vomiting and diarrhea) we feel conventional dewormers (and other herbal deworming preparations) are much safer.