If you are a dog owner, then you are probably concerned about your dog getting worms. Because worms such as heart worms can be deadly, making sure your dog doesn't get worms is critical. Unfortunately, many of the chemical remedies provided by your veterinarian are also not good for your dog--in fact, they're poisons. Here is how to make one type of homemade dog wormer.
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Things you need
- A pumpkin
- A knife
- Small electric coffee grinder
- A teaspoon
Purchase a pumpkin.
Clean the pumpkin out by cutting off the top and then reaching in and pulling out all the pulp and seeds.
Separate the pulp from the seeds, and then rinse off the seeds. Don't salt or bake the seeds before grinding; you want them raw.
Grind the seeds in your electric coffee grinder. You want them to be finely ground.
Add from 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of the finely ground pumpkin seeds to your dog's food and mix it up, then feed it to your dog. You can tell how much to give your dog by his size. If, for example, he's a chihuahua, then you just give him 1/4 of a teaspoon. But if he is a German shepherd, then you'd give him 1 teaspoon. If your dog is a size in between, then 1/2 teaspoon would work.
Tips and warnings
- If pumpkins aren't in season, buy raw unsalted pumpkin seeds.
- You should always have your dog's faeces tested at your vet's office to be sure your dog has worms before you try any natural treatment. It's also important to find out what type of worms your dog has because raw pumpkin seeds are only good for curing tapeworms.
- Don't grind up your seeds whether you got them from a pumpkin or purchased the seeds alone until just before you're going to give them to your dog. This is to ensure all the nutrients needed are available and don't break down before you give the ground up seeds to your dog.
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