My dog Harper, listening intently as I tell him about DE for dogs
I met a new employee this morning who just moved here from Pennsylvania. She had read one of my earlier blog posts on diatomaceous earth (DE) use at the barn and asked me about DE for dogs. Her really good friend in Pennsylvania has a pointer that loves to run the woods but comes back covered with ticks. Her friend has little kids, so they don’t want to put a flea collar on the dog. They want an environmentally friendly pest control solution that works. I said we have a product like that! I told her all about DEsect, our chemical-free insecticide product. She’s going to ship some back east to her friend. I recently ran across an article on DE for dogs in Dogs Naturally Magazine, that tells more, so I thought I’d include it here:
The Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs
Diatomaceous Earth is a dirt cheap way to control external and internal parasites in your dog. It's a non-toxic, natural substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass. Diatomaceous Earth is deadly to any insect, yet completely harmless to animals.
Diatomaceous Earth’s mode of action for insect and parasite control is strictly mechanical. The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die. The larvae is affected in the same way.
Internal parasites can be controlled by giving DE internally. Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily. To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.
Another use for Diatomaceous Earth is the control of external parasites and flies. This is achieved by dusting your dog with Diatomaceous Earth, along with his bedding area and surrounding carpeted areas.
DE has also been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Given this, Diatomaceous Earth is very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser.
For dogs, use one tablespoon per day of food grade Diatomaceous Earth in food for dogs over 55 lbs. and one teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies. For external parasite control, rub the powder at full strength into the coat for fleas and sprinkle on the dog’s bedding.
There’s another blog post that will give you more information on using DE for pets. Read it here: http://blog.epminerals.com/using-natural-diatomaceous-earth-de-for-flea-tick-control-in-pets
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