As caring pet owners, we are often faced with these questions
- How often should I deworm my pet?
- Why should I use natural deworming products vs conventional worm treatments?
The answers are quite simple! Just like us, our pets need intestinal flora balance (meaning worms and bacteria!) to keep things flowing and working naturally. Issues start when worm balance becomes out of control and this can lead to all kinds of common pet health issues. Most conventional pet and human worm remedies wipe out everything – both good and bad bacteria, which causes our guts to become unbalanced and breeding grounds for illness and disease.
Common causes of worm infestations in pets
Our pets are not the most hygienic of species and often lick, bite and smell almost everything they come into contact with. This means that they are more at risk of picking up worm eggs that are often found in these places:
- Faeces – Some animals, dogs in particular, eat other dogs poop for various reasons. This is a very common way of worms spreading between pets in the home.
- Fleas – Tapeworm eggs, in particular, are spread from fleas. Fleas find tapeworm eggs really tasty and in saying this they also find the blood of your furry friend quite tasty too. Once they bite your pet they can expel worm eggs into your pet. You can now see how fleas and worms work hand in hand with each other. Our best advice, therefore is to try and keep your pet flea free at all times, using natural flea treatments and prevention.
How to tell if your pet has a worm infestation
You pet can’t speak, but sure can show you signs that it could be battling with an out of control worm infestation. If you notice any of the worm symptoms below, it is best to be safe than sorry and deworm your pet immediately. We recommend Worm Dr, Herbal Pet Cleansing Formula and Diatomaceous Earth to thoroughly treat, cleanse and naturally balance out the worm family in your pet.
- Coughing – If you have already ruled out a respiratory issue in your pet and your pet still continues to cough they could be carrying Heartworms. Hookworms and Roundworms may also cause dogs and cats to cough as a symptom of their invasive presence in your pet.
- Vomiting – Your pet might often throw up to try and expel the build-up of worms. You could notice Roundworms in your pets vomit.
- Diarrhoea – Your pets digestion will be very unsettled and imbalanced, which often results in the runs. If you notice blood in your pet’s stool they could be carrying Hookworms.
- Skin irritations and dull coat – Pets who have severe infestations of worms will have bad skin issues and rashes and their coat might become patchy, dull and coarse.
- Rubbing their bottom – This could be due to anal gland congestion or infection, but is also a possible sign of worms. Worms can cause the rectum area to become very itchy and inflamed.
- A very common sign is weight loss and a sudden increase in hunger. Worms tend to literally suck the essential nutrients and vitamins right out of your pet - so they try eating more to get what the worms are essentially taking from them!
Our Feelgood Pets Top Worm Tips
- Naturally cleanse and deworm your pet every 3 months. Pets below a year should be treated more often. If you find before the 3 month period is up that your pet is displaying signs, then deworm them again immediately. Our worm remedies are safe and natural so there are no harsh side effects often caused by conventional worm medications.
- Keep your pets immunity strong – Pets who are healthy and strong seem to be less susceptible to worms – a bit like humans too! Also, if your pet needs to fight off an infestation, he will do this a lot quicker with a strong immune system.
- Keep fleas and ticks at bay – With warmer weather comes fleas – fact! Use our natural flea and tick Khakibos shampoo, powder or spray to naturally expel and keep fleas away. Khakibos has always proven to be a great flea and tick repellent. You can even use Khakibos to keep insects at bay in your organic herb & veggie garden!
We hope we have helped you identify the common symptoms of worms and also why natural worm treatments can be better to use on your pet in the long run! If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us!