It's safe to say that most dogs will wind up with a case of worms at some point. Puppies are especially susceptible to infestations. Veterinarians normally prescribe a de-worming medication, but chemical remedies are really not good for the dog. Natural homemade remedies are healthier and work just as well.
Types of Worms
Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms are the four most common types of intestinal parasites found in animals. It is important to make sure you know which type of worm the dog has before treating for the condition. To do so, take a stool sample from your dog to a veterinarian for analysis.
Why Homemade Wormer?
To put it simply, de-worming medications are toxic. In essence, you are giving your dog poison to kill the worms/parasites living inside of them. Homemade wormers are best because you know what you are giving your pet and, if used correctly, they will work just as well as any toxic medication.
Different Homemade Wormers
There is a vast array of natural homemade remedies for parasites in dogs. Some of the most common and simplest: A daily dose of grapefruit seed extract and fresh garlic. Freshly ground pumpkin seeds (raw, not baked). Wheat germ oil. Vitamin A (cod liver oil is a good source). * Fasting, since parasites feed on nutrients and a lack of food will weaken them.
The key to keeping worms at bay is to ensure your dog has a healthy immune system. If your dog's coat lacks luster and shine, if its eyes look dull, or if your dog has a lack of appetite combined with diarrhea or vomiting, it may have a type of worm.
Worms feed off the nutrients in the food your dog eats, which can sap the pet of energy.
Keep your dog on a nutritious diet. Worms love to feed off of fats and sugars, so try to exclude foods such as grains and fruits, whole milk and eggs.
Always make sure you know which type of worm your dog has before starting treatment. There are different remedies for different types of parasites.