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Does any one use food grade Diatomaceous Earth on their dogs for protection against fleas and ticks?

Also, does any one feed this to their dogs to contain worms?


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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I've fed it to my cats and I do have to say it's very effective at curbing the worms. I've also used it for pest control in the home and garden, it works wonderfully. I plan on giving it to my pup as well when he arrives.

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That's good to hear, I have heard about it but have never used it and am considering using it internally for control of worms and externally for control of fleas and ticks.

Although I don't think it controls heartworm?


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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That's good to hear, I have heard about it but have never used it and am considering using it internally for control of worms and externally for control of fleas and ticks.

Although I don't think it controls heartworm?
Here's a site someone posted on it.
I though I had hear seen it mentioned in conjunction with heart worm also?

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I do know that you can feed it to them and put it on them. I have two small containers and had no idea what it was until I read about it hear. I think I'm buying the bigger bag and spreading it around the fence and in the yard, I just don't know how long it lasts outside? A week, until it gets wet?

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until it gets wet?
That... you can spread it dry or mix it with water and spread, don't know the ratio. But you can do that if you can't deal with the dust.It becomes effective again when it drys. So yeah if it rains it's gone.
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I emailed the Aussie retailer and they replied saying it won't treat or control heartworms, but will do all other intestinal worms


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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That... you can spread it dry or mix it with water and spread, don't know the ratio. But you can do that if you can't deal with the dust.It becomes effective again when it drys. So yeah if it rains it's gone.
I wonder how to treat for flies and Mosquitos? Since they fly what do you do? I'd live to have a BBQ without them

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If the dog gets in a kiddie pool or swims a lot it is not so great. Plus it is messy and dusty so I went with the Springtime garlic. Plus for ticks I would rather them not bite at all. (Be repelled) than bite, transmit disease, then shrivel up.

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If the dog gets in a kiddie pool or swims a lot it is not so great. Plus it is messy and dusty so I went with the Springtime garlic. Plus for ticks I would rather them not bite at all. (Be repelled) than bite, transmit disease, then shrivel up.
How much of the garlic do you use for one dog from March until November?

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