Diatomaceous Earth: How it can benefit your pet's health

diatomaceous earth pet health benefits

Using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth internally and externally for your pet’s health and wellness

Diatomaceous Earth is a highly underrated natural miracle dust! Holding wonderful benefits for people, animals, garden and home, Diatomaceous Earth certainly has not received due credit. Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic powder, made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms, or microscopic algae plants, accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans.

The skeletons of the diatoms are made up of a natural chemical compound called silica and after a long period of time, they have settled at the bottom of the water, mixing in with other sediment. The diatoms are now mined along with a variety of other trace minerals and made into Diatomaceous Earth powder!

Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic to animals and people, yet deadly to insects and parasites! It's used as a natural multi-purpose product, used for pest control, and also provides the body with various other health benefits. What's great about Diatomaceous Earth is that it is a cost-effective product that really goes a long way! 

Please remember that if you're using Diatomaceous Earth for yourself or your pets, it is VERY important that is must be food grade with no additives! Getting the wrong type of Diatomaceous Earth could be a life or death situation - non food grade Diatomaceous Earth has a higher crystalline content and could cause kidney failure due to large crystals getting stuck in the kidneys.

You’ll find no harmful synthetic ingredients in Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth; it can even be sprinkled around your home and garden to get rid of all sorts of unwelcome critters, or even added into swimming pools!

Here's how you can use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for your pet's health and wellness.

Natural de-wormer and internal parasite cleanser

Consuming Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as a health supplement comes with various health benefits for both animals and people! It's popularly known as a body detoxifier, so it makes sense why it's commonly used as an internal parasite cleanser. Parasites live in an animal’s intestinal tract, often causing nutritional problems and physical irritation, affecting the health condition and attitude of your pet. Using natural pet remedies for worms and parasites is a great way to protect pets from such harmful organisms, without the negative side effects of chemical based pesticide worm medicines!

Administering Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth helps keep intestinal parasites in check, including roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, pinworms and tapeworms! Use a natural de-worming medicine like Feelgood Pets' Worm Dr and supplement with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Sprinkle Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth over your pet’s food once daily for 30 days, then continue treatment only as needed. De-worm your low risk pet once a year but repeat de-worming every 3 months in high risk pets. It's always advisable to de-worm your pet after a stay at the kennels or cattery. 

Diatomaceous Earth de-worming dosage:

  • Kittens: ½ tsp
  • Cats: 1 tsp
  • Puppies: ½ – 1 tsp
  • Dogs under 15kg: 1 tsp
  • Dogs over 15kg : 1 tbsp

Note: Make sure to mix the DE well into your pet's food to prevent them from lung irritation due to inhaling the powder.

Kills ticks and fleas naturally without harming your pet

Getting rid of a flea or tick infestation can be a nightmare for many pet owners. Once those little parasites start making themselves comfortable on your pets and in your home, it's not only bothersome for the fur babies, but for the entire family! The common method to get rid of fleas and ticks is to buy synthetic topical flea and tick treatments. While these products do successfully control the flea and tick problem, they also contain harmful chemicals which may not be best for your pet's, or your family's health!

One of the active ingredients found in many flea and tick control products, fipronil, has been found to enter into animals' systems which can result in thyroid toxicity and damage to the nervous system (although these brands insist that the product stays in the oil glands of the skin). Studies have shown that these flea and tick control products have the potential to cause thyroid cancer, thyroid disorders, liver and kidney diseases and convulsions!

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe for mammals, but kills external parasites like ticks and fleas within 72 hours - Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth does this by breaking down the insects’ exoskeletons and drying them out! The microscopically sharp edges of the diatoms contact the parasite and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die (the larva is affected in the same way). While many commercial tick and flea treatments can actually do more harm than good, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on the other hand, simply dries out fleas and ticks without affecting your beloved animals! 

For best results, treat all affected areas of the home (bedding, furniture, carpets etc.) at the same time you treat your pet for fleas and ticks. That way, you can ensure you’ll be eliminating larvae and eggs as well as the adult fleas and ticks.

Diatomaceous Earth flea and tick control directions:

  • Apply to your pet’s coat once a week for a month, and then as needed
  • Use a brush or comb to gently work the powder into your pet’s fur, concentrating on problem areas
  • Be careful to avoid your pet’s eye area - gloves are recommended
  • Dust your pet’s bedding and sleeping areas with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as well
  • Dust any bedding, furniture, carpeting or other areas of the home with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
  • Leave for 24 hours before vacuuming
  • Kills adult fleas and ticks within 72 hours of contact

Note: Since DE acts as a drying agent, pets who are prone to dry skin may find that Diatomaceous Earth used topically may make this problem worse. For these pets, give them a natural remedy such as Skin & Coat Tonic to support healthy skin and fur! Skin & Coat Tonic improves skin functioning, ensures a glossy coat and aids the healing of skin lesions. You can also massage their skin using Buchu Anti-inflammatory Moisturising Oil to combat dryness, irritations and itching - keeps your pet's skin moisturised and healthy!

Improves detoxification, digestion and nutrient absorption

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve your pet's digestion and nutrient absorption is supplementing their diet with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It helps to effectively cleanse the system and to eradicate many substances which inhibit healthy digestion as well as overall cleanliness of the system.

Studies show that Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth absorbs mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses, pesticide residues, drug resides and protein! Given this, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser. Because of one of its components is silicea, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth also clears up both constipation and diarrhea!

Diatomaceous Earth detox and digestive aid dosage:

  • Kittens: ½ tsp
  • Cats: 1 tsp
  • Puppies: ½ – 1 tsp
  • Dogs under 15kg: 1 tsp
  • Dogs over 15kg : 1 tbsp

Note: Make sure to mix the DE well into your pet's food to prevent them from lung irritation due to inhaling the powder.

Blood cleanser and cardiovascular health

The cardiovascular system is a vital function of your pet's health! The silica mineral found in Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is a wonderful supplement to keep your pet's heart, blood vessels, blood and circulation working at the optimal level, preventing and treating cardiovascular issues. 

When Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is introduced into your pet's diet, the silica is absorbed into their bloodstream and helps to rid the blood of unhealthy fats, lower high blood pressure, and lower high cholesterol. It also improves blood pressure and circulation, thereby reducing the risk of many cardiovascular diseases such as plaque build-up in arteries or poor circulation!

Silica aids stronger and more elastic blood vessels, to pump blood to supply the body and other vital organs in the body with nutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, oxygen, water and more! It also helps to cleans the blood and remove excess of toxins or heavy metals from the arteries.

Diatomaceous Earth cardiovascular aid dosage:

  • Kittens: ½ tsp
  • Cats: 1 tsp
  • Puppies: ½ – 1 tsp
  • Dogs under 15kg: 1 tsp
  • Dogs over 15kg : 1 tbsp

Note: Make sure to mix the DE well into your pet's food to prevent them from lung irritation due to inhaling the powder.

Combats arthritis and joint pain

Unfortunately, the odds of your pet developing joint pain at some point in their life is fairly high. There are many forms of pet arthritis but the most common is degenerative joint disease (DJD), also known as osteoarthritis, which is associated with age and inflammation. Luckily, there are various ways to prevent osteoarthritis (or prolong the onset), and there are natural and safe ways to treat it!

You no longer have to turn to pharmaceutical or synthetic medication, which may have negative side effects on your pet's health. While prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, including NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), cortisone and other prescription medications for joint problems can offer some relief, side effects can include digestive, heart, adrenal and kidney problems. Natural remedies have many decades of traditional and effective use in relieving inflammation and pain, without unwanted side effects!

It is well-known in the medical field that silica plays an important role in bone formation, bone mineralisation and strengthening connective tissue. Prevention is always better than cure, so if you're looking for a cost-effective way to either prevent or treat your pet's joint pain and arthritis, Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is a great and safe way to do so. What's great is that Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth has been compared to the effectiveness of Glucosamine, and joint improvement can be seen within 7 days after introducing Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to your pet's diet!

Diatomaceous Earth joint aid dosage:

  • Kittens: ½ tsp
  • Cats: 1 tsp
  • Puppies: ½ – 1 tsp
  • Dogs under 15kg: 1 tsp
  • Dogs over 15kg : 1 tbsp

Note: Make sure to mix the DE well into your pet's food to prevent them from lung irritation due to inhaling the powder.

If you have any questions about your pet, please contact us or leave a comment below. We always love hearing from you!

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  • Feelgood Pets Team - July 22, 2019

    Hi Linda

    Thanks for leaving a comment, we’re happy to help!
    We recommend taking 1 – 2 tablespoons for a 69 year old woman with osteoarthritis.

    We trust you’ve found this advice helpful!

    Warmest regards

    Feelgood Pets team

  • Linda Kieck - July 22, 2019

    What would the dosage be for a 69 year old woman with osteoarthritis?

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