Updated: Feb 14
Alternative options to manage a good organic monthly flea & worming practice
Dr. Mercola a natural flea collar rather then administering monthly chemical spot on.
Use WildWash for a regular bath time shampoo, and also during the Spring & Summer months use a spritz of the WildWash repellent spray too before venturing out on a walk. Brush this in.
Generally daily brushing and vacuuming your soft furnishings such as dog beds, sofas and carpets is an effective way to also keep a flea outbreak down.
You can also use the WildWash spritz to freshen up dog bedding (allow to dry) which has no nasty chemicals, and is therefore far better than using Fabreze!
Billy no mates is an effective further top up, sprinkled daily on your dog’s food
Consider conducting a faecal egg count, Stefs Pet Pantry sell the kits to do this, or also see the wormcount.com link below.
Verm - X tonic taken EVERY month for 3 consecutive days each month, is an effect natural way to maintain good gut health. Also suitable for puppies (simply use half the dosage per day).
A tasty treat of a fur covered rabbits ears is a great natural wormer, ideal for cleansing a dogs gut, as well as a nice chew.
Pumpkin seeds are an extremely effective deworming agent because they contain an amino acid called cucurbitacin. This paralyzes the worms making them easily eliminated from the intestine. They can be fed whole as a treat or you can grind them into a fine powder and add to food. One teaspoon of raw pumpkin seeds (not the salted savoury snack ones) per 10lbs of body weight twice a day.
Dried coconut is a vermifuge, meaning it can help eliminate worms from the body. Sprinkle on food, giving 1 tsp for small dogs, 2 tsp for medium dogs and 1 tbsp for large breeds. Coconut oil, when fed regularly, can also rid your dog of internal parasites as well as having many other health benefits. Dogs LOVE it!
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