Dogs are commonly affected by a number of intestinal parasites, including tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms. Most pet owners deworm their dogs using prescribed medication, but there are alternative remedies that you can find and administer in your own home.
Home Remedies for Deworming
Garlic is a commonly used natural remedy, due to its many medicinal properties. Garlic is effective in expelling intestinal worms, and it also lowers cholesterol and boosts the immune system. Fennel also helps in the expulsion of intestinal worms.
Wormwood is a naturally occurring herb that functions as a digestive tonic. Used for brewing hops-free beer, flavoring certain alcoholic drinks and adding a distinct taste to goose stuffing mixtures, wormwood can also be safely fed to your dog wormwood to help with removing intestinal worms.
Ground white pumpkin seeds in particular are useful for ridding humans, cats and dogs of tapeworms. One-quarter to one full teaspoon of ground white pumpkin seeds should be just enough to aid in the removal of tapeworms and other intestinal worms.
Oregon grapes tincture is another herb that can be used to treat intestinal worms.
Fennel is a stem and stalk vegetable that comes from the carrot family. Fennel is safe to use for the treatment of intestinal worms. In addition to expelling worms, it also improves the immune system.
Cloves are the closed pink flower buds that are found on evergreen trees. They're often used to add intense flavors to meals. Their antiparasitic properties also make them safe for worm detoxification.
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Speak to your veterinarian if you are concerned about a worm infestation. He can make recommendations for specific treatments, as well as examine your dog if the suggested home remedies do not completely clear up the worm infestation.