I am looking for a home remedy to get rid of worms in my animals can anyone help? They look like little pieces of white rice.
Cherylynn from IA
As far as I know there aren't any reliable home remedies for worming your animals. Pets are family, of which that you should treat them with the best medicine you can afford.
Visit your local pet store or Vet's and get the right treatment for all types of worms. As you would take your child(ren) to the pediatrician for their health, etc. (04/24/2006)
If you had a case of intestinal parasites wouldn't you want the most effective treatment from your doc. Take pets to vet, clean up all droppings, disinfect area, etc. Some things you have to bite the bullet as far as cost. (04/24/2006)
If they are housepets, sometimes there are local rescues and shelters that offer shots and worming for low cost. Keep in mind the treatment usually must be repeated in 30 days. Sometimes the medicine they use is the same quality and strength as the vet's, sometimes it's equivalent to over-the-counter, ask them. Depending upon the type of "worm" you can buy over-the-counter dewormer in pills or liquid form at discount-Mart stores or pet stores. Look up possible types of infestation on the internet or in books to identify what your pets have. If over the counter or low-cost clinic doesn't work you must take them to a vet asap. This is nothing to mess with. (04/24/2006)
The white rice-type worms you found are from a tape worm. They are due to the animal swallowing fleas, which carry the worm larvae. There are many over the counter type wormers, but a lot of them are harsh, and don't work as well as going to your vet, telling them what your animal weighs, and getting the right medication. Its better to do it the first time correctly, instead of spending your money buying the cheaper version and having to repeat it. (04/24/2006)
No need to see a vet for this quick fix. These worms are tape worms and can easily be killed with Tape Worm Taps. The ingredient is Praziquantel and was prescription only until a year or so ago. You can purchase it at your local Tractor Supply store or online at;
If your pet recently has these worms, don't worry. They need to be killed, but can easily wait a few weeks to do it. We learned about this from our vet when he was unable to get our cat in for an appointment.
Jim in Jax (05/17/2006)
Epazote (a plant) is the best remedy for worms. It is used in Mexico and all the world. Use with caution on people, can cause miscarriage.
I gave to my dog (Shepherd) about 5-10 leaves for a few days, when he got worms, seems they have gone away. (07/08/2008)
By Yigal from IL
Food grade diatomaceous earth is the organic natural "effective" worming ticket for all beings, human, livestock, and pets. For livestock, we feed it free choice and in their daily herb-grain-seed mix. Incoming rescues with gray gums, scruffy coats stick their heads into a 5 gallon bucket of food grade diatomaceous earth and eat it, as they know they need it. It doesn't take 2 weeks for their gums to turn pink and their coats to look nice. Same for puppy and kitten rescues with pot bellies, loose stools, etc., within 48 hours of feeding food grade diatomaceous earth their pot bellies are gone and their bowel movements are firm.
In my 14 years of raising and rescuing llamas, goats, chickens, guineas, peafowl, pigs, foxes, wolves, dogs, cats, reptiles, and more, food grade diatomaceous earth is the only wormer we use and it works without poisoning the animals or people.
Makes everyone's lives simple, safe, and effective.
Try it. It really works, no ifs, ands, or buts.
PS - I've been really disappointed with fecal testing. From my research, fecals are only 20 to 25% accurate for people or pets. After taking a stool sample of a new rescue that had a worm in it I could see and another from a new rescue that was scooting across the ground, the vet found no worms. That was 15 years ago, when I quit doing fecals and just started feeding DE daily to all incoming rescues, fosters, and our own animal guardians.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind spending money on our animal friends, but I do detest "wasting" money on inaccurate results. Since DE is effective against all intestinal worms and parasites, feeding it daily just takes care of the issue and helps keep everyone healthy and worm free.
By Happy Pets
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