Tapeworms are parasites found in the intestine. They are flatworms which luckily don’t pose as much serious health problems like in humans, but they have their adverse effects. Tapeworms utilize intermediate in their transmission cycle before eventually landing on the body of the host. These hosts include fleas, rodents, pigs, and fish.
Dogs normally get tapeworm from eating raw fish and meat, drinking raw milk and eating fleas, especially when grooming itself.
You should know that deworming using the conventional medication may kill the worms but may not completely eradicate the worms. Is this true? Yes, this worm medicine will kill worms in the intestine but won’t be able to get rid of the larva.
So, before we discuss home-made solutions to tapeworms, let us look at the symptoms that show your dog is having trouble with tapeworms.
Symptoms You Need to be Aware of:
Scooting- If your dog is scooting on the carpet or a rough area it may be because of the irritation due to a segment of tapeworm in the anus. Also, you might see them licking or biting the area.
Vomiting- When your dog has tapeworm, it will vomit a lot. If you take a keen look at the vomit, you will notice some whitish things which are the tapeworm segment.
- Loss of weight even when it is feeding normally
- Abdominal discomfort
- Home treatment for Tapeworm in Dogs
Home remedies for Tapeworms in Dogs
1. Pumpkin Seed
Add ground pumpkin seed powder in your dog’s food every day. It is recommendable to do this twice a day. The amount depends on the weight where a dog less than 1 pound should have a quarter of the teaspoon. You can increase this significantly depending on the size of the dog.
Garlic happens to be one of the best natural medicines in the world to the humans. This effect extends to the dogs where it can effectively get rid of the tapeworms. Garlic should be given in tiny portions because it can cause stomach irritation or even make your dog impotent. However, it is useful for a long period.
Clove is another homemade natural treatment for tapeworm in dogs. Here's the procedure:
- Crush a whole dry clove
- Mix it with food
- Give it to your dog
The amount also varies with the dog size. For a large dog give a whole clove (preferably crush it) and for small dogs, a quarter will work perfectly.
However, take this precaution; Cloves are a uterine stimulant and should never be fed to a pregnant dog.
Wormwood is yet another effective tapeworm eradicator. As a matter of fact, it is popular since the ancient times, over the centuries to date. It also helps to get rid of roundworm threadworm and tapeworm.
For big dogs, add a quarter of dried woodworm in the food. For puppies and smaller dogs, the dosage should be a half of this which makes it 1/8 of the teaspoon.
Note: Wormwood should be given in minuscule quantities because they have severe effects on the nervous system, liver, and kidney of the dog. They contain volatile oils and tannins which can cause a lot of harm if you don’t administer it as per the instructions.
You should also take precaution to never administer wormwood on a lactating or pregnant dog, those dogs with seizure, liver and kidney diseases. If possible use this natural remedy under the supervision of a veterinary and should not continue it for three consecutive days.
Papaya is useful to eradicate worms in dogs since it successfully removes worms in pigs. You can choose to use the seeds, or you can cut chunks of ripe papaya in dog’s food.
Dosage: Crush the papaya seeds into powder form and give 2 tablespoons to a dog weighing about 20 pounds. This amount can increase or decrease proportionally to the weight of the dog.
Turmeric is a readily available food spice. It will help get rid of tapeworm in your dog and also heal the areas in the intestine that have tapeworms.
You should start with small amounts of turmeric in the dog’s food preferably 1/8 to ¼ per 10 pounds of dog’s weight. This should be given regularly with a gradual increase of the amount of turmeric each day for about 10 to 15 days.
7. Diatomaceous Earth
This is a powdery substance familiar with farmers to combat pests that attack their farms. It is an excellent dewormer although it is useful externally. It kills and destroys adult and small larvae in the dog’s intestine.
Dosage: Give one teaspoon of Diatomaceous earth daily to puppies and small dogs. For bigger dogs weighing around 55 pounds give 1 tablespoon. You can mix this substance well with food otherwise it may cause irritation when your dog breathes it in.
Most people use carrots in cooking without knowing that it is an excellent and safe dewormer. You simply need to chop and add it to the dog’s food. The carrots scrape mucus and parasites in it. It also supplements nutrients in the dog’s body.
9. Black Walnut
If you try all the above remedies in vain, then you should consider using the black walnut. It contains chemicals which are very beneficial in expelling the tapeworms and other worms from your intestines.
Take note that despite the fact it is very effective it may have very adverse effects on the health of your dog. Before administering to your dog you should boost the immune system of your dog.
Home remedies for tapeworms in dogs are very safe and efficient. However, take precaution and know the right amount and period you should give these substances because some can have very adverse effects on the health of your dog. Otherwise they work perfectly well and in any case, they provide extra benefits to dogs in terms of health and nutrients.