3 Ways to Treat Dog Worms with Food and Herbs

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3 Ways to Treat Dog Worms with Food and Herbs
3 Ways to Treat Dog Worms with Food and Herbs

Verminosis is a common problem in dogs. There is hookworm, toxocariasis, heartworm and the list does not end there. Many people today prefer to resort to natural solutions before resorting to remedies. If that's your case, the good news is that there are several foods and herbs that help to effectively eliminate many types of parasites from your pet's body.


Method 1 of 3: Using Herbs to Eliminate Worms

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Step 1. Try chamomile

This herb is great for preventing and eliminating some types of worms, as well as offering other health benefits such as a calming effect and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Add ¼ teaspoon of chamomile tincture for every 15 kg of dog's body weight directly into the dog's mouth every three to four hours. If you make tea, offer the dog a drink a few times a day.
  • Make a strong tea: add 4 bags (or 4 tablespoons of dried herb) to each cup of boiling water.
  • Chamomile is non-toxic, so don't be afraid to give it to a puppy as there are no side effects.
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Step 2. Use turmeric

The ancient belief in the antiparasitic effects of this herb is reinforced by the fact that it creates an unfavorable environment for the growth of parasites, as well as helping to heal the worm-infested areas in the dog's digestive tract.

  • Offer daily between ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon for every 5 kg of animal weight. Your puppy should also drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.
  • Offer tea once a day after meals for a week. For large dogs, offer it right after meals, every other week, for two months.
  • Long-term use of turmeric can be harmful, so don't go beyond this two-month limit.
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Step 3. Try the harpsichord

The effectiveness of cloves is enhanced when it is used along with other ingredients (such as absinthe or black walnut), but if eaten every day after meals, the spice helps to eliminate the annoying worms.

  • For smaller dogs, grind ¼ of dehydrated cloves and mix them with food once a day for a week. Skip one week and repeat procedure in third week.
  • For medium-sized dogs, crush ½ cloves and repeat the steps described above.
  • In the case of large puppies, grind 1 whole dehydrated clove, using the same scheme explained above.
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Step 4. Use the black walnut with caution

Black walnut bark tea is excellent for eliminating heartworms and roundworms. Although this tea is safer than most commercial dewormers, it can be toxic if taken in excess. Be careful and only use it as a last resort.

As tannins and alkaloids can be dangerous to dogs, consult a veterinarian for the correct dosage

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Step 5. Use absinthe much more cautiously

There are websites that recommend using this herb, but be very, very careful. Known for the serious side effects it can have on the nervous system, liver and kidneys of dogs, absinthe should only be used under the supervision of a veterinarian.

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Step 6. Make and offer a parsley tea

This tea helps keep the dog's digestive tract healthier during the parasite elimination process. Parsley is rich in nutrients and even acts as a diuretic, helping to eliminate any worms that resist along the way.

  • Boil 1 liter of water and add a handful of fresh parsley. Lower the heat and wait about three 3 minutes. Then just strain, pour the tea into a jar and take it to the fridge. Once a day, give 1 tablespoon for every 5 kg of the animal's weight for ten days.
  • For dogs with kidney problems, replace parsley tea with rooibo. Known for its benefit to the immune system and for preventing cancer and other diseases, rooibo does not contain tannin and is much better suited for dogs that have kidney problems.

Method 2 of 3: Harnessing Fruit's Properties

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Step 1. Harness the power of the pumpkin seed

Cucurbitacin, an amino acid found in pumpkin seeds, paralyzes the worms and flushes them out of the digestive tract. This seed is very potent and effective, especially against hookworm.

  • Grind the pumpkin seeds into a fine powder and offer 1 teaspoon daily for every 5 kg of the dog's body weight. Repeat for two weeks and then add wheat bran to the dog's diet. Soak the wheat bran in water and offer ⅛ teaspoon for every 5 kg for large dogs and just a pinch for smaller animals.
  • You can even give the seeds away as a treat. Just be careful to use the same measurements and buy organic, unsalted pumpkin seeds.
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Step 2. Use grapefruit seeds

This seed is very healthy and has positive effects on both humans and dogs. Grapefruit seed fights up to 800 strains of bacteria and viruses, in addition to strengthening the immune system, fighting cancer and eliminating, weakening and preventing parasites.

  • Grind them into a powder. Spread 10 mg for every 1 kg of body weight in the dog's food. There is no time limit for the treatment, as the grapefruit seed is very good for the animal's health.
  • Try using grapefruit seed extract. Buy it at a health food store. The minimum dose is ½ drop per kg of body weight. The maximum dosage is 10 to 15 drops for every 5 kg.
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Step 3. Grind papaya seeds

Rich in papain, an enzyme that corrodes the outer lining of worms and weakens them so they are eliminated from the intestinal walls, papaya seeds are also excellent for digestion.

Grind the papaya seeds into a fine powder. Add 10 mg per kg of body weight to your pet's pet food. There is no time limit for the treatment, as papaya seed is very good for the dog's health

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Step 4. Offer your own papaya

If your dog accepts to eat papaya, the pulp of the fruit is also rich in papain. You can combine the fruit with other methods – including the seeds themselves. In this way, the dog receives all the benefits, as the dose of papain is increased.

  • Do not exaggerate the amount of fruit, as it loosens the intestines and can make the animal have diarrhea. Offer a small amount.
  • Give fresh or dehydrated papaya, preferably organic, as this is the healthiest option for the animal.
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Step 5. Offer dehydrated fig

Being very rich in the ficin enzyme, the fig destroys the outer covering of the worms and weakens them, causing them to lose their adherence to the intestinal walls. The same warning for all other fruits also applies here: an excessive amount can end up making you sick and causing diarrhea. Offer it sparingly: one or two figs as a snack after meals is enough.

Method 3 of 3: Using Food

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Step 1. Grate fresh garlic

The use of garlic for pets is quite controversial, and some researchers warn of possible damage to dogs' red blood cells. Do research before trying this method, and if you are going to use it, always do the least. Known for its benefits to the immune system in humans, garlic can also be a good choice for eliminating parasites and improving the performance of the immune system in dogs. Grate garlic and mix it with fennel so that the animal eliminates the worms quickly. As stated before, be careful not to overdose.

  • Grate 1 or 2 cloves of garlic and let them rest at room temperature for ten to 15 minutes so that they undergo enzymatic changes, forming allicin. Mix them with an equal amount of fennel and offer them at mealtime (twice a day).
  • If your dog is small, use only 1 very small clove of garlic. Adjust the amount according to the animal's size and weight.
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Step 2. Place food grade diatomaceous earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a talcum-like powder consisting of fossilized marine phytoplankton. Its microscopic blade-shaped edges cut and scratch the worms, dehydrating and killing them.

For small dogs, add 1 teaspoon to the food once a day. For dogs over 25 kg, add 1 tbsp. Mix well, as inhalation of the dust can irritate the dog's respiratory system

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Step 3. Drop Oregon grape tincture directly into the dog's mouth

The root of this plant has a range of applications in the healthcare field. It has been scientifically proven to be effective in combating worms and parasites, which occurs due to the presence of berberine, an antimicrobial alkaloid. You can buy this dye at some health food stores, but it's easier to find on the internet (you may need to import it).

  • Add 12 drops for every 10 kg of body weight.
  • Do not give the grape tincture to diabetic animals, animals with acute liver disease or pregnant or nursing bitches.
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Step 4. Detox the digestive system

During the treatment to eliminate the worms, it is important to prioritize certain foods that, although they do not cure, help a lot in the process and, at the same time, improve the dog's health in general. Such foods help in the recovery of the digestive system, in addition to strengthening the immune system.

  • Carrots, beets and turnips. ½ tablespoon of these vegetables a day safely and healthily eliminates the mucus that lines the intestine (worms live in this mucus). Vegetables will not be digested or absorbed and will not change the pH balance. If combined with a deworming treatment, they help to eliminate debris and improve the health of the dog's digestive system.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps to restore the animal's digestive tract and reduces the irritation caused by the worms. It also boosts the immune system and helps absorb more nutrients from food. Offer 1 teaspoon daily.
  • Every day, add ½ capsule of cayenne pepper for every 25 kg of food weight. You can increase the dose to 1 capsule twice a day for a week for faster results.


Currently, it is easier to get rid of tapeworms. The drug praziquantel is 100% effective and is sold over-the-counter, and can even be purchased online. Look for it in pet shops


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