Tapeworms Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs
Posted on April 30, 2013 by Nancy Houser
Tapeworms homeopathic remedies for dogs are meant to prevent tapeworms, not necessarily kill them. Additionally, they are meant to prevent live tapeworm segments from breaking away from attached adult tapeworms in the small intestine area. No adults = no segments or eggs or lavae.
Tapeworms homeopathic remedies for dogs are 100% better than buying or providing treatments for tapeworms, better described as “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” Once the dog has tapeworms, it will also have segments filled with tapeworm eggs, maturing to tapeworm larvae. According to Merck Animal Health, “The bodies of tapeworms are actually made up of a head from which a series of segments will grow.”
Building an environment that is hostile to the tapeworm is a whole lot better than allowing the dog to become over-run with them, and then treating for tapeworms.
Description of the common tapeworm in dogs
One of the most common tapeworms of cats and dogs is the Dipylidium caninum, one that infects dogs and cats who have fleas and canine chewing lice.
A thin and flat worm, the tapeworm can grow up to 36 inches in length inside the body, averaging out to be about 8-inches long. The moving segment that breaks away is filled with eggs, with the segment about one-quarter of an inch long.
However, there are several types of tapeworms. For example, species of the Taenia parasitize dogs. This tapeworm can be acquired by dogs eating infected rodents, sheep or rabbits. The Diphyllobothrium species are found encysted in fish organs, located in Canada and northern United States. The Echinococcus tapeworm are not common in dogs, affecting intermediate hosts such as goats, deer, elk, some rodents, horses and swine.
Segments from tapeworms cause itching, which is why many dog owners see their dogs scooting across the floor or trying to “get” to the area to stop the itching. Other than seeing the kernels of rice and the itching around the anus, very few symptoms can be seen in a dog with tapeworms.
However, humans can get tapeworms from an infected animal, even though it is considered rare. Swallowing an infected flea is required for this transfer. However, it makes tapeworm prevention in dogs and cats a top priority for human prevention of tapeworms through the removal of fleas and lice, on the condition they may become infected with them. Otherwise, have a doctor check a fecal sample from the child or adult.
Clinical signs of tapeworms
The tapeworm segments are seen alive around the dog’s anus are flat, waving back and forth, as they move out of the rectum area. Described as an off-white color when alive, after the tapeworm segments die they become a translucent yellow. Many dog owners describe them as grains of rice — but a rice that moves.
Each segment is filled with eggs from the adult tapeworm. The head, or scolex, of the adult fastens to the dog’s inner gut area by hooks and suckers. Killing the segments outside the dog’s body will not stop tapeworm infection, as the head must be destroyed. If not, it will regenerate as long as it lives.
The body of the adult tapeworm has genital pores on each side, each pore made with a set of male and female reproductive organs. When the segments break away from the host body and leave through the rectum, they are filled with packets of microscopic eggs. They pass in the host’s feces or they may leave on their own spontaneously.
Symptoms of tapeworms in dogs
- Live rice kernels around anus.
- The dog can have diarrhea to constipation.
- If the parasite, or tapeworms, are bad, the dog can lose weight as the worms will absorb nutrients from the small intestine.
- The rectal area may become red and chafed due to itching.
For an infected dog with tapeworms, the moving white rice grains around the anus is the first step toward a diagnosis. Unfortunately, tapeworm segments are not passed routinely, but intermittently. For this reason, routine fecal exams cannot be used.
The diagnosis is first made by the owner observing these particles, and bringing them to the vet with the dog. Once the dog has been diagnosed with tapeworms, traditional medical treatments usually involve tablets, liquid, or injections of a parasiticide.
Dog owners with dogs afflicted with tapeworms can go two routes to remove them — homeopathic remedies or traditional vet methods. With today’s drugs, treatment is simple and effective either way.
The parasiticide may be given either in the form of tablets or by injection. It causes the parasite and its head to dissolve in the intestines so you normally will not see tapeworms passed in the stool. These drugs are very safe and should not cause any side effects, according to the pharmaceutical companies and vets.
Common tapeworms treatments are Droncit, Cestex, Drontal Plus, 3 days of Panacur or Safeguard, Iverhart Max or Vercom Paste. They are best if used under veterinarian guidance.
If tapeworm homeopathic remedies are used, a good antiworm food supplement can be given as part of the dog’s diet. Dosage is “one teaspoon per pound of dog food, fed daily.” Feed five days on and two days off until worm populations are reduced.
2 parts unsalted raw pumpkin seeds (ground or whole)
1 part garlic powder
1 part fennel seed
1 part yucca root
If this combination does not work or appears to be ineffective, try adding 1 part Oregon grape root powder or 1 part wormwood.
Dog or pet guardians dislike worms, or anything creepy-crawly, like myself. For those who practice holistic or homeopathic remedies, chemical wormers are contrary to the practice. Yes, dog worms can be life threatening, but so can strong chemical wormers for dogs who have massive worm infestations.
Tapeworm preventives should be something at the top of every dog owners list, as they are the most common of intestinal parasites. They are transmitted through infected fleas, feces and food sources. They can live in the dog’s digestive tract for a long time before they are detected.
“If a dog is generally healthy with a strong immune system, fed a good diet of natural healthy food, a moderate tapeworm infestation is only a temporary issue.” (Herbs for Pets, by Tilford & Wulff)
Small amounts of garlic powder, fennel, grated raw carrots, shredded coconut, and cooked grains can be added to a dog’s main meal or fed daily as treats, helping keep all intestinal worms at check and to encourage expulsion.
Another natural product is Diatomaceous Earth, effective at reducing intestinal parasite populations. FDA rates of dosages are 1 Tablespoon for dogs 55 pounds or more. It is one of the cheapest ways to control internal and external parasites in dogs.
The benefits of Diatomaceous earth for dogs
What makes Diatomaceous Earth so popular with holistic dog owners is that it is non-toxic and safe, made of crushed fossils of marine life and freshwater organisms. Crushed to a fine powder, it appears like tiny bits of broken glass, making it deadly to insects and parasite control yet harmless to animals.
Diatomaceous for tapeworm control has a mode of action that is mechanical. Its sharp edges pierce the protective coating of the insects, parasites and the larvae. This causes them to dehydrate and die.
Internal parasites are given Diatomaceous Earth internally, as long as it is food grade only. Diatomaceous Earth is also available for gardens and pool filters, both which will harm dogs.
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth will eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily. To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for 30 consecutive days. The purpose is to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.
When using Diatomaceous Earth for the control of external parasites and flies, dust the dog, his bedding, and surrounding carpeted areas. In humans, it is used as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser. Dosages consist of one teaspoon daily for smaller dogs and puppies; we also stated that dogs over 55 lbs. should be given one tablespoon daily in dog food.
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