Why give your dogs chemical wormers and put insecticides on them when you don't need to?
The advent of the Internet has given people the power to research and learn a lot more than they were able to do so years ago. The consequence of over use of chemicals (vaccinations, wormers, insecticides etc.) has meant our pets have paid a high price. More and more people are looking for natural alternatives and Diatomaceous Earth is one of them, however, not many people are aware of its many benefits.
If Vets had their way they would have you treat your dog monthly with something like Frontline and/or Advocate. My dogs never get treated with anything like this and I always avoid chemicals whenever possible. I came across Diatomaceous Earth last year and have since been giving it to all our dogs daily as a wormer and general supplement. Why don't vets sell it? DE is a cheap natural product and you do not need a consultation or prescription for it, consequently, there isn't any money in it for vets or pharmaceutical companies. Remember, wormers, flea, tick and heartworm treatments are easy "bread and butter" money for vets and many of these are prescription only.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an eco-friendly, naturally organic material that is an EU approved feed additive (Silicon Dioxide) E551C and has been used for over 25 years for controlling both internal and external parasites. Parasites do not build immunity to DE as they do with traditional chemical wormers.
DE is made from unicellular algae-like fossilized water plants called diatoms, these have been around since prehistoric times and are mined and finely ground. The best quality DE comes from inland freshwater deposits, the DE I have has been mined from the Himalayan/Indus Valley region of India. The active ingredient in DE is silica and only Food Grade DE can be ingested, the DE I have has an average silica content of 91-92%. Besides having a very high silica content it also contains about 15 trace minerals which are essential to our well-being. DE is particularly beneficial for growing youngsters.
There are numerous benefits from taking DE on a daily basis. It can be taken daily by humans, dogs, cats, poultry and farm animals for eliminating worms and as a general supplement.
DE is a natural detoxifier and as it goes through the system it attracts and absorbs: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, drug residues, E-Coli and heavy metals.
Other uses, and there are many, vary from being used as a teeth and metal cleaner to removing pests from garden plants.
As DE mixes with water there is never a build up in the system, consequently, to get the maximum benefit it should be taken daily.
Our dogs are all raw fed (BARF diet) and each gets a tablespoon of DE mixed into their breakfast each morning. My family and I take it each morning in fruit juice (a tablespoon each). It is easily taken in fruit juice, a smoothie, yogurt, milk and even water.