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Alena Gonzalez 06-26-2014 11:20 PM

Diatomaceous Earth
 
Does anyone use diatomaceous earth daily instead of typical heartworm preventative?


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KaiserandStella 06-26-2014 11:55 PM

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth works great for parasites in the intestinal tract except for tapeworms. They survive it. Unfortunately also doesn't work on heartworms.

counter 06-27-2014 06:04 AM

I use the food grade DE when I have it. I'm currently out. We've never had problems with worms. Do you have any questions about it that we might be able to help answer?

jocoyn 06-27-2014 06:16 AM

Lord no! Heartworms are in the blood; DE would do nothing.

FWIW I have no problems with worms either and don't use HW medicines that kill intestinal worms or flea/tick medications either and my dog gets out in areas frequented by other dogs and wildlife a lot .. I gather the jury is out in regards to intestinal track. Several posts on that here.

JakodaCD OA 06-27-2014 07:44 AM

I use DE in and around my chicken coop, I do NOT use it for my dogs.

Alena Gonzalez 06-27-2014 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by counter (Post 5697785)
I use the food grade DE when I have it. I'm currently out. We've never had problems with worms. Do you have any questions about it that we might be able to help answer?


I've read it will prevent heartworms as well. Is this true?


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blackshep 06-27-2014 09:24 AM

DE works well EXTERNALLY, it **must** be dry to work. Will not work in a wet environment, defeats the purpose of dehydrating the bug.

Definitely won't help for heartworm, they are not even located in the GI tract.

Alena Gonzalez 06-27-2014 09:30 AM

This is why I asked. There are so many conflicting articles online about it. I suppose using it for intestinal parasites would help the dogs immune system in order to fight off heart worms if exposed. I've always use the heart guard on my other dogs and spread it out a little more like six weeks. If any of you guys use that? I use advantage against fleas and have had no problem. I do not like the combo pills that you give every month. I use the flea preventative only in the summer but because I live in Texas outside of Houston I have to use something against heartworm all year long


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blackshep 06-27-2014 11:09 AM

Doesn't work internally, has to be dry. :)

jocoyn 06-27-2014 12:34 PM

I want to clarify.......I do not give my dog DE for anything.


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