By Jeanna from Bedford, IN
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By vicki hood 10/26/2010
Mismachado is absolutely right. Food grade only. Rid the house of fleas with dry Borax as fleas that are eaten or chewed on are the cause of tapes. Diatomaceous earth is very safe. Gets all intestinal worms. Will not eliminate heart worm. That needs very special care.
By Marsha 10/23/2010
Food-grade only Diatomaceous Earth. Fleas and tics, all internal parasites will be gone in a few short weeks. Depending on the size of the dog or kitty, sprinkle it right onto their food. From 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoons of it every day. Put some in an old sock and dust it all over the fur, being careful not to get it in their eyes and don't let them or you breathe it in too much. It's really great though, and can be used on any age animal. Even nursing mother dogs and cats. It will not hurt the babies but will insure them to be "bug-free" as well. Can be purchased online, and just be absolutely sure it's food grade.
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I have an elderly cat with what appears to be tapeworms. I hate to have to give her the standard "poison" because of her age. Is there any other way to safely get rid of these without harming her?
Linda from Lower Adirondacks, NY
I think the question you need to ask yourself is which is worse: "traditional medicine which will for certain remove the tapeworms or taking a chance that the tapeworms might not be completely gone from untested natural remedies".
I doubt your elderly kitty cat is feeling very well with the tapeworms because the worms sap all the nutrients from the food your baby eats. (01/09/2009)
If you are only concerned about the toxicity of what you are giving which can be a concern you have several herbal options first on my list would be black walnut extract (Google it, you will find that it is a very old vermifuge (parasite killer) and very effective as a full spectrum wormer ie., it kills more than just tapeworms. You would have to go off the cat's weight and give it several times to ensure that you got rid of all of the worms. Also get rid of the fleas!
They like a previous poster pointed out are usually the reason that you have a tapeworm problem to begin with. Also if you get a sulfur product called MSM its generally used for treating arthritis you can put one tablespoon in a gallon of preferably filtered water and give this to your cat as its exclusive water source. The MSM will cause your cats intestinal walls to no longer have places for the worms to attach to and will cause the attached ones to detach and die. This should not be your main course of treatment, but should be your maintenance treatment between regular worming be they natural or otherwise. Which you should do every 4 to six months. Ask your vet what the best worming schedule is for your cat as they will have the best time frame for your area.
I have done the MSM with all of my animals for years including my horses and even though I worm them regularly I never see any evidence of worms after worming them so I know that it works. I had the privilege of working for a vet who developed his own formulas and was amazing and he taught me this one about the MSM. You can get books on animal herbalism through your library if you ask. Just be sure to consult a vet and tell them what you are doing to be sure that your cat is safe. Best of luck. (01/14/2009)
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