Unfortunately, being a pet owner means inevitably dealing with the consequences of your favourite furry friend picking up worms. While there are plenty of options out there when it comes to worming tablets whether from pet shops or from your vet, there are a few other things you can do to combat this nuisance.
You should always consult with your vet before planning to undertake any kind of worming treatment for your pet as every dog is different and could react differently to particular treatments. However, one thing you can do is to look at your dog’s diet.
There are a number of food types which are known to help discourage and fight against worms, so if you add some of these to your dog’s daily intake, alongside any regular treatment from the vet or pet shop, your dog should be far more comfortable and worm-free.
So here are five key foods which can help your dog in the fight against these annoying parasites but do make sure your dog isn’t allergic to any of them before introducing them into his regular diet.
Perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to worming but carrots give your dog some great nutrition as well as helping to remove worms. If you chop them up roughly and give them to your dog as a treat, or as part of his regular meal, the chunks will rub against the lining of your dog’s stomach and gut as they pass through.
Worms cling to these areas and the chunks help to dislodge them and expel them from the body while also giving your pet a vitamin A and immune system boost at the same time. Carrots are a win-win for your dog all round.
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- Pumpkin seeds
These are a great addition to your dog’s diet, and you can either grind them up and mix in with his food, or if he likes them give them as a treat. Make sure to buy raw seeds, not any kind of snack ones for humans which might have added salt and other ingredients that you don’t want to give your dog.
They work as one of their ingredients actually paralyses worms, making them much easier for your dog to pass out of his system naturally. Give your dog around one teaspoon for every 10lb that he weighs and give them to him twice per day.
According to Jane, freelance writer for myitchydog.co.uk, one of the best superfood for dogs is turmeric. However, the thing to remember with turmeric is that while it’s good for your dog it may be hard for his body to absorb so it’s good to mix it with some coconut oil to make it easier. Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory, but it also has antibacterial properties.
With dogs it not only helps to get rid of the parasites, but it also supports the body to repair any damage they may have caused internally, helping your dog to maintain a healthier gut, as well as supporting his health overall.
Having worms can cause discomfort to your dog due to inflammation and bloating internally and chamomile helps to soothe these symptoms for your pet. It can also help to get rid of some types of worms so has a double benefit.
You can buy it in a tincture and the recommended dose is around 0.25ml up to 0.50ml which you need to give twice each day for around two weeks. The dose is for every 20lb that your dog weighs so you will need to know his weight to get the dosing right.
The final food that could help to support your dog’s gut against invasion by worms is dried coconut or coconut oil. With the dry version, simply sprinkle some over his food daily – a teaspoon for a small dog, moving to a tablespoon for large dogs. Coconut oil can also help and can be added to your dog’s food and brings many other health benefits in addition to defeating worms.
By adding some of these natural foods into your dog’s diet you could help to protect his system against worms and the damage they can cause internally, as well as providing him with some extra nutrition and extra health benefits.
However, if your dog does manage to contract a severe case of worms you will need to take him to the vet for treatment to ensure these parasites are fully removed before he ends up in pain, discomfort and with potential damage to his insides.
Worms are very unpleasant things to deal with but with regular treatments, check-ups and the right food hopefully you and your dog can go forward and live a happy and completely worm-free life together.