Intestinal parasites are a common problem to affect any puppy, but that doesn't mean it's an affliction you can dismiss. A humane pet owner must take care of his dog's worm problem immediately, so take your dog to a vet as soon as you notice any signs of an infestation. Some signs that you puppy may have worms are small white objects that look like rice grains in its bedding or fecal matter, weight loss, a bloated belly, or fur that lacks shine. It is always a good idea to consult the vet that treats your pet to do a simple worm test or tests.
Home Remedies for Deworming Puppies
Pumpkin Seed and Wheat Germ Oil
You can administer a home remedy of ground pumpkin seeds and wheat germ oil to your puppy as a home remedy for a light infestation of worms. Grind raw, unsalted and husked pumpkin seeds in a food processor or a coffee grinder. Add 1/4 tsp. of the ground seed and 1/4 tsp. wheat germ oil to your puppy's food for every 10 lbs. of weight. Continue this treatment for several weeks, until all signs of the parasite infestation are gone.
Another herbal remedy for deworming your puppy is the parsley plant. Boil a quart of distilled water in a pan on the stove, adding a bunch of fresh parsley, for three minutes. Pour the water into a mason jar or a storage vessel, discarding the parsley plant. Give your puppy 1 tbsp. of the water for every 10 pounds of weight one to two times daily until the worm infestation clears up.
A fresh garlic clove can help expel worms from your puppy; however, too much garlic can give your puppy the blood disorder anemia. Remove the skin from the garlic clove, and crush or chop the garlic. Administer it to your puppy in moist food. You can give your puppy one clove of garlic for every 10 lbs. of weight for up to five days.
Diatomaceous earth is a substance made from the microscopic shells of tiny sea creatures called diatoms. This white powdery substance comes as a tasteless food supplement you can add to your puppy's food to deworm it. Give your puppy 1 tsp. of food-grade diatomaceous earth mixed into moist food for every 25 lbs. of its weight.
Adding more vegetable roughage to your puppy's diet can help with parasite expulsion and may be useful in conjunction with one of the treatments listed above. Some examples of vegetables you can supplement your puppy's diet with are carrots, beets and turnips. You can either grate these root vegetables or grind them in a blender or food processor.