Author: Patricia Bratianu, RN PhD RH-AHG
Natural remedies can safely and effectively repel and eliminate roundworms, tapeworms, heartworms and other parasites from your dog.
An inexpensive, readily available herb that works well is fresh, raw garlic. Try incorporating some into your pet’s food each day. Garlic also offers protection against fleas. It provides numerous health benefits such as antiseptic properties and is beneficial for circulatory health. It may give your dog garlic breath, however.
Another herb that acts as a vermifuge is elecampane root. The dried root can be boiled and added to your dog’s diet. Alternatively, you may boil the root for 20 minutes and add the liquid to his or her food. Elecampane is a very safe and nutritious herb. Unlike garlic, it does not have a strong odor. Elecampane roots benefit the respiratory system also.
If you do not like the smell of garlic - or your dog does not tolerate it well - and boiling elecampane root sounds like a lot of work, you may elect to use a natural commercial product. PetAlive makes a plant-based herbal remedy called Parasite Dr.
Parasite Dr. contains wormwood. In addition to killing and repelling worms, wormwood supplies other health benefits for your pet. Wormwood is antimicrobial and antifungal. This is important during the cleansing process of eradicating the vermin. It can stimulate your pet’s appetite too.
Cloves are also contained within the blend, and not only kill the worms, but their larvae as well. They have numerous additional health benefits for your dog, too. Cloves protect the liver and the nervous system. They are antimicrobial and antibacterial. Studies show that cloves are effective against bortadella, a respiratory disease known as kennel cough. Cloves can also help restore proper balance of healthy microorganisms in your pet’s gastrointestinal system.
Another component of Parasite Dr. is neem. Neem is a safe, effective herb that repels worms. It also helps to repel mosquitos. Neem has properties that are antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial, and has been shown to protect the body from cancer. Neem provides protection and offers healing to the gastrointestinal tract. This is very important because your pet’s GI tract has become inflamed from the parasites. Restoring health to the gastrointestinal tract will help your pet to improve absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste products.
Herb of Grace, Ruta graveolens, has been used since ancient times as a cleansing herb, and is an ingredient in Parasite Dr. Herb of Grace is a very powerful herb. It has antispasmodic qualities that may soothe your pet during the process of eradicating the worms.
Herbs have been effectively used for millennia to eradicate parasites. They work well without the side effects that pharmaceutical drugs may cause. Check with your veterinarian if you have questions or before administering to pregnant dogs.