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De-Worming Your Dog

“There is compelling evidence in human research that there is a relationship between de-worming practices and an increase in auto-immune diseases.  By implementing practices where people are wormed regularly, this has affected the person’s immune system is such a negative way, as to bring about responses in the body resulting in auto-immune diseases.

Much of the research that is started with humans can be later applied to dogs.  In years gone past, auto immune diseases were nowhere near as apparent as what they are now. In countries where active and constant de-worming of dogs is a common problem, it appears that auto-immune diseases in dogs are more apparent. In countries where there is not the infiltration by pharmeuceutical companies influencing vets, there appears to be considerably less auto-immune disease.

Yes worms can kill. If a dog is so unhealthy that the worms have built up to dangerous levels, then yes the worms can cause considerable damage, and sometimes lead to death.
However, if you raise your dog on an appropriate raw diet, have minimal (if any) vaccinations, and limit its exposure to flea treatment, then the dog should have a good platform upon which to build its overall health. A healthy dog can manage worms easily.

The reality, is that you are extremely unlikely to get any support from your vet regarding my hypothesis.  It will be a huge leap for them to come to grips with worms actually being a good thing.
Look, I’m with you – I don’t want to see worms around. But look, if it means I can considerably decrease the chances of my dogs getting auto-immune diseases, then I think this is a far lesser “evil”. * Jane Anderson

I too believe we are over vaccinating our dogs and causing all kinds of health problems in the long run. If I see a pup dragging his or her bottom on the ground I prefer to be on the safe side and worm.  I also practice preventative measures and worm my puppies, but I only use natural worming methods that aren’t going to cause other problems in the long run. There are a number of natural remedies that can be used to treat your dog’s worm problem. Some of them are herbal and some homeopathic, and the beauty of them is that you can try whichever ones you like, or one at a time until you find the one that works best for you and your dog.

Common symptoms of worms in dogs include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Weight loss
  • Eating a great deal without putting on weight
  • Anemia
  • Scratching, particularly around the base of the tail
  • Scooting
  • Mild to severe coughing

Artificial treatments are harmful in the long run as continuous deworming makes the dogs resistant to specific medicines. Thus, afterwards there will be no effect of the particular medicine. Also, it weakens the immune system of dogs. In fact, natural methods are always better as they have little or no side effects. Combination of proper natural remedy, healthy diet and regular exercise will treat dog worms faster. Here are a few natural remedies:

Garlic – Garlic is mostly used due to its medicinal properties. You can moderately give garlic to your dog. This will help in the internal parasite expulsion, mostly the intestinal worms. Garlic also increases the immunity and reduces the dog’s cholesterol level.

Wormwood – Wormwood has calmative properties and is a digestive tonic. Feeding wormwood to your dog will help in the worm expulsion.

Fennel – Fennel helps in the intestinal worm expulsion. It also helps in improving the immune system.

Clove – Clove is a strong antiparasitic, which helps in detoxifying the dog worms.

Pumpkin Seeds – Tapeworm infestation in dogs is mostly treated by feeding freshly ground white pumpkin seeds.

Oregon Grapes – Oregon grapes tincture is used to treat intestinal worms.

It is always better to follow the rule, “prevention is better than cure”. You can take up certain preventive measures like puppies should be dewormed every 15 days until it is six months old.

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