diatomaceous earth for dogs

Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs

For Pet Owners, in short, Diatomaceous earth is an all natural, readily available and affordable product that works as a very effective parasite control for your dogs.  

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE), also known as natural amorphous silica, is an extremely versatile, and completely natural product that may be used in many ways, to achieve significant improvements in human, plant and animal health.

It is an organic, non-toxic, chemical free, natural mineral, making it suitable for use anywhere – from a small garden to the largest agricultural ventures, and for animals of all kinds.

It is commonly recognized as a very effective form of mechanical pest and parasite control – including the reduction or elimination of internal worms, fleas and lice, termite and bed bug control.

When taken by mouth, Diatomaceous earth can also help to treat high cholesterol levels, constipation, and improve the health of skin, nails, teeth, bones, and hair, and when applied to skin or teeth, DE can be used to brush teeth and remove dead skin cells.

What exactly is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic natural substance that is made from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life.  

It is a type of powder made from the sediment of fossilized algae found in bodies of water around the world. Because the cells of these algae were high in a compound called silica, the dried sediment produced from these fossils are also very high in silica. In fact, Diatomaceous earth contains about 80%-90% silica. 

Through a microscope, the particles of Diatomaceous earth look like tiny bits of broken glass and are deadly to any insect, however completely harmless to animals. It can kill lice, ticks, fleas or mites on your dog.

It doesn’t poison insects or paralyze them, however, like some other pharmaceutical products do. The razor-sharp particles touch the pests, and pierce the insects’ protective coating. The bugs then quickly dehydrate and die and the particles affect larvae in the same way.

Enriched with minerals, Diatomaceous Earth offers numerous benefits, especially for dogs.  See the 5 main benefits for dogs below.

5 Amazing Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs

  • Repel and Eliminate Parasites

Diatomaceous Earth can help your dog with internal and external parasites.

Internal – Control internal parasites like roundworms, whipworms, pinworms and hookworms, by offering Diatomaceous Earth with food. Please note:  It must be food grade, as other variations can be harmful.  It can work in as little as 7 days of daily doses, however, to be most effective feed Diatomaceous Earth for at least 30 days as this will kill the newly hatching eggs and will stop the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.  Note: Diatomaceous earth works for intestinal worms, however will not kill heartworms.

External – Another use is for external parasites and insects, such as fleas.  Dust your dogs skin with Diatomaceous Earth and if you have a flea infestation, also sprinkle it onto bedding and carpet.

  • Detoxification

It has been reported that diatomaceous earth may absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, drug residues and protein. It may remove the proteinaceous toxins from some intestinal infections and some research suggests it can remove heavy metals from wastewater. Therefore diatomaceous earth can be very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser.

  • Food Supplement

Diatomaceous earth can help dogs and people, as a nutritional supplement.  Sources suggest that it aids better sleep, more energy , healthy skin, hair and nails, and possibly improving cholesterol numbers.  It is full of minerals including – 

  • magnesium
  • silicon
  • calcium
  • sodium
  • iron
  • potassium
  • copper
  • zinc
  • phosphorous
  • Selenium
  • Chemical Free Deodoriser

Try using Diatomaceous earth as a natural deodoriser.  Sprinkle it on your dog’s coat and either leave in, or brush it out after a few hours.  Dust on carpet or other wherever there are smelly areas, leave for about a day and vacuum or sweep up.  For cats, try sprinkling into her litter box as it can help eliminate dampness and odours.

  • Safe Pest Control

Diatomaceous earth is great for your garden and will help avoid nasty, chemical pesticides.  It’s safe for your dogs and birds and other non-bug wildlife, and won’t harm beneficial earthworms.  Instead it repels and kills most other bugs like ants, caterpillars, cockroaches, termites, silverfish and fruit flies.  Simply sprinkle in the garden or mix it with water and spray on trees.  A cup per 2.25ltrs of water and apply repeatedly.

Dosage and Other Advice

Always refer to the dosage advice on the product packaging.  

When feeding internally, it’s best to mix with Raw or moist food.  See dosage guide below – 

  • Small dogs and puppies: 1/2 tsp per day in food
  • Up to 22.5kg: 1 tsp per day in food
  • Over 22.5kg: 1 Tbsp per day in food
  • 45kgs or more: 2 Tbsp per day in food

External pest prevention –  rub the powder into your dog’s coat. Start near the tail and pull back the hair to get on the skin. Avoid the eyes, nose and mouth as it can irritate mucous membranes.

Using it externally can also get rid of fleas on your dog. You’ll need to sprinkle it on his bedding and carpets also. Let it sit for up to 3 days, then launder or vacuum.

Make sure you use food grade Diatomaceous earth only. Diatomaceous earth can cause lung irritation so please be careful you and your dog don’t inhale any dust.

Diatomaceous earth can dry out your dog’s skin. If you notice this, try bathing your dog with a moisturising shampoo or conditioner.

How to order Diatomaceous Earth from Instincto Raw Pet Foods

Diatomaceous Earth is an awesome product for Dogs. We have sourced the human consumption, ultra fine product so that it can be used by all.  It can be digested for a natural wormer and also be used for external purposes.  

Diatomaceous Earth is mainly used for Parasite control and gut health, and to support strong bones and joints, should only be used for a max of 1 to 2 months every 4 to 6 month intervals.

This product is Australian made and comes in a resealable bag with a measurement scoop for accurate distribution for your furkid.  The powder must be mixed into the raw feed before giving to your pet so that it is fully available to their digestive system. All directions are on the back of the bag for different size animals.

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