After I discovered the dangers of traditional flea and tick products like frontline plus, I began to wonder about the safety of worming tablets filled and creams with insecticide that the vet was so happy to sell me. Whilst a lot of people use the traditional products such as invermectin, advocate, drontal, panacur, milbemax and other generic dewormers once again I uncovered so many dog owners whose dogs had suffered nasty side effects from repeatedly taking strong chemicals, after bad advice from vets and other industry ‘professionals’.
Here I will tell you about side effects of chemical dewormers and the best alternative and natural dog wormer treatment.
Dog wormer tablets and creams can be dangerous
Just as with my previous research on the dangers of traditional flea treatments, I began to find out more and more that while many dog owners do use these products successfully, there are many cases of dogs having fits, being very ill due to use of traditional dog wormers and their side effects. This can happen even after years of using the product with no previous problems, and again this is due to the fact that the continuous build up of these dangerous chemical can eventually cause overload on organs or the nervous system.
Symptoms that your dog may be reacting badly to worming tablets include:
- Skin irritations or bumps
- Excessively hyper
- Organ Problems, Kidney Problems
More serious allergic reactions symptoms
- Head pressing or head shaking
- Excessive Vomiting (If this happens once or twice just stop giving the medicine, if it keeps happening call a vet)
- Fits, Drooling and Shivering
- Excessive Diarrhoea (If this happens once or twice just stop giving the medicine, if it keeps happening call a vet)
Usually symptoms stop when you stop giving the medicine. Symptoms in bold are of course particularly dangerous and if your dog starts reacting like that after applying it please call a vet.
I have heard of many people experiencing projectile vomiting and so on and if this happens to your dog please do not continue to give him or her the wormer. If it was a topically applied wormer please wash your dog immediately.
If you’d like a little science to back this up check out this link from the American Working Collie Assosiation. It’s related to Collies because the site for Collie owners, but it highlights the dangers (and sadly collie deaths) from using invermectin (one of the famous dewormer brands) and it applies to all dogs!
Please be aware that you do need to worm your dogs but can I urge you to think about natural alternatives and treatments, particularly if your dog has already shown some of the symptoms above after applying something or giving him or her worming tablets,
Click to see what alternative product I use for safe natural Deworming or read on to find out more about worms, why I strongly believe choosing natural worming products is better and foods you can give your dog to help them stay worm free.
More about Worms
You may not know this but even your new puppy can be infected by parasitic worms from the moment he or she is born, or even when he or she is a foetus in the mother’s womb. Shockingly, dog worms cause thousands of canine deaths every year. Worms of course can also be found in adult dogs. Dealing with parasites such as worms is very important to keep your dog happy and healthy but at the same time resisting the many chemicals normally prescribed can be confusing. Worms are a serious issue since they can be passed from pet to pet or even to humans. Sadly my friend once lost a beloved puppy to worms.
That said, many chemical dewormers nowadays that cause more harm than good to your furry babies. They may contain carcinogenic substances that may cause cancer, weakness and other diseases, and I’ve heard of more and more dogs who are reacting badly to invermectin, drontal and generic brand deworming tablets and creams. Pups, like children, are even more sensitive to harsh chemicals found in dog worming creams and pills so its important to take care when worming puppies.
To me, and probably to you if you are reading this, finding an effective natural cure for your beloved pooch is very important. Scroll down to find out what I now use as a safe wormer for dogs or read on to find out more about worms, what they do and how.
Understanding Dog Worms and Parasites
There are several parasites that may find your dog as a host to live in. They need blood and nutrients to survive. Once they enter your dog’s body, they would start feeding off of his blood and consuming his energy. These worms sometimes have sharp teeth that cause tears in your dog’s internal organs like the digestive tract, heart, lungs and liver.
Worms can be microscopic in size and can contracted by mere transference from the mother’s tissues to the dog fetus even during conception. Small puppies are normally infected with worms.
Heartworms – These worms are normally contracted from mosquito bites. They are normally transmitted through the bloodstream and then as the blood goes through the heart the worms’ egg implant themselves there. Once the eggs hatch they feed on the dog’s heart and blood. These may cause severe weakness and even death if untreated.
If your dog already had heartworms this cannot be treated by most medication, including the natural ones mentioned here. If you suspect your dog has heartworms please go to the vet immediately.
Roundworms – Puppies normally have these kinds of worms. The mother dog may them on from the womb to the pup. These deadly worms can travel around the body of dog. It can go through the heart, lungs, liver, kidney and back to the stomach and intestines. These parasites can cause painful illnesses such as vomiting and nausea, diarrhoea, heart and lung disease as well as gastro enteritis. These can also be picked up from ingesting soil that is infected with the said worms.
Whipworms – These are long whip like worms that can travel very agilely in the body due to their very thin body. They can be contracted by eating or playing in soil that has whipworms in it. These pests can cause your dog to vomit, have bloody and loose stool, dehydration, blood loss and death in most untreated cases.
Hookworms – These worms can enter your dog’s body from his paws or skin because the worms can enter skin openings. These are also passed from the placenta of the mother dog to the puppies when they are born. These parasites often live inside the dog’s stomach which causes severe diarrhoea, internal bleeding or death.
Tapeworms – These parasitic worms are normally carried by fleas. They may implant eggs in your pet’s skin or being eaten in some way. If your dog ingests a small rodent that has fleas in it, they will get tapeworms. They are bigger worms and drink a lot of blood. They can cause acute symptoms but may lead to severe problems if their population grows inside your dog. These are the kind of worms that can be seen by the naked eye.
Symptoms of Worm Infestation
Worms can sometimes live in your beloved dog without you detecting them until it is too late. If you pet has worms he or she will start to feel weak and out of sync. He or she may lose weight. In severe cases he may vomit or poop blood. Here are the common symptoms:
- Loss of energy or appetite
- Weight loss or inability to gain weight
- Shedding severely or getting an uneven coat
- Pot belly
- Skin rashes or itching
How to Safely Deworm Your Doggie
Getting rid of those unwanted worms is very important to make sure your dog lives long and happy. Untreated worms can lead to serious problems. Worms can be passed on to other pets or even to your family members.
Once a puppy is about two weeks old, he or she can be dewormed. After two more weeks another dose should be administered. The dog may encounter worms again the future so this step needs to be repeated every three months to avoid getting any worms or parasites in them. If you detect worms as well or symptoms related to worms, you must take immediate action. Most veterinarians use chemical dewormers that may harm your dog, especially puppies.
Just as with flea and tick products such as frontline, they have to be applied regularly and this dose of insecticides can build up inside them and start to make them ill, some dogs can even have adverse reactions after just a few treatments of chemical dog wormers.
Happily I have discovered that there are natural effective methods and foods that you can use to deworm your pet. The food below is not enough by itself, so I recommend a natural medicine like the one below to go with them.
As with the natural cures for flea treatments in dogs, the natural way can be a little longer however its safer to approach the problem holistically, and it doesn’t have to be too complex, here’s what I do to keep my dogs free from worms naturally:
Good Anti Worm Foods
I use these foods in conjunction with a natural remedy for dog worms:
Pumpkin seeds – These can dried in the oven or you may purchase dried ones. You may ground them and mix them in your dog’s food. These promote a healthy intestinal tract and help expel worms.
Chamomile – This can be a bit tricky to administer. You can use it as a tea and cool it to let your dog drink it. You may ground it up to mix into his food.
Food high in Probiotics – Vegetables such as shredded carrots, shredded broccoli can be added to your dog’s food to promote a good flora in his stomach.
Deworming medicine that contains natural and SAFE ingredients
After much research I found this excellent deworming product and so far my doggies have been completely worm free much to the amazement of my vet. This product is human grade and DOES NOT have substances that cause organ damage.
I now use this product to de worm my dogs – HW Protect Natural formula
Its easy to use (a few drops goes in the food and my fussy boys and girls don’t seem to notice it), effective (no worms for my doggies or my friend’s dogs who are using it, yay!) and safe. Better still as its a natural product it actually works to improve your dogs immune system and overall health, so much better than gradually stressing it with more and more chemicals!
Please note that if your dog already has heartworms this will not cure it, it is a preventative as are most if not all normal worm treatments, in this case please visit your veterinarian straight away.
Natural Dewormers That can be Harmful to Your Dog
Not all dewormers are safe. Even some which are labelled as natural may contain harmful substances that may harm your pet.
Oregon Grape – These herb does an effective job of ridding your pet from worms. On the other hand, it causes liver problems. Do not give this treatment to dogs who are having health issues or are pregnant.
Safe Alternatives and experiences with traditional worming products
Have you got any experiences with dog worming issues or natural alternatives? Please share your stories and comments below to help others. I will also try and reply to any questions.