My puppy had a distended little belly, and didn't eat his breakfast. I got concerned, since I noticed it when he didn't really have an appetite last night, so I googled his symptoms. There were a bunch of options, mainly including:
- bloating- eating too fast and getting air
- twisted stomach
- obstruction in intestine
We hadn't done this yet. $$. Twisted stomach involved pain and imminent death, but he wasn't uncomfortable and it started the night before. I gave him some hydrogen peroxide to make him vomit. It worked, his dinner came up, and he looked less bloated.
So, I knew diatomaceous earth (DE) was great for humans to get rid of parasites (isn't it funny, I don't want to say "deworm" when referring to humans!). So I thought, can I save some money and deworm them with DE, which I already have? Here's what I found:
Puppies less than 10 lbs. – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
Puppies 10 to 19 lbs. – 2 teaspoons
Dogs 20 to 50 lbs. – 1 to 1.5 tablespoons
Dogs 50+ lbs. – 2 tablespoons
*Humans – 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons daily (1 tbsp. AM, 1 tbsp. PM)
For the rest of the article, including more info about other benefits, click here. You have to be consistent with it for three weeks, mixing the food-grade DE (a powder) with milk or yogurt or on wet dog food.
Here is a good website that addresses using it on goats. Scroll down to where it addresses parasites.
I've found that food-grade DE is affordable at Five Star Preparedness.
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