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Switching Your Dog on to Natural Flea and Worming
54 CommentsThursday, 7 July 2016 | Kate
How To Switch To Natural Flea and Worming Treatments
It is perfectly possible to move away from pharmaceutical parasite control and keep your dog safe from fleas, ticks, mites and worms by using well established supplements added to food, and the occasional worm egg count.
It’s very simple to switch over, we’ll walk you through it and suggest some natural, healthy products, which really work.
Why do dog owners switch?
In most cases we’ve found that pet owners are looking to make the switch for one of three reasons:
That’s me! How do I get started?
It’s dead simple. To maintain continuous protection, simply give your dog their last conventional flea and worming treatment, and start on the natural products at the same time. This way, once the Advocate, Drontal, Advantage, Milbamax or whatever has worn off the new products will have taken over. Because our products are food supplements they take time to build up in the system, hence the need for an overlap. Neither product will interfere with the other.
What products do I need?
How do they work?
Herbal treatments predate pharmaceutical treatments, which have only been around since the 1930’s, whereas herbs have been used to repel parasites for way longer.
Verm-X and Four Seasons work by making the gut an unattractive environment for internal parasites so that they just pass through the system and out the other end. Billy No Mates works in much the same way except the effects are released through the skin, hence their flea, tick and mite repelling power.
Billy No Mates contains a blend of mint, seaweed, fenugreek, neem and lemon balm. Neem is a compound derived from the neem tree and is widely accepted to be a powerful insect repellent.
Verm-X contains, among others, cinnamon, thyme, peppermint, garlic, quassia, cayenne, fennel, cleavers, nettle and slippery elm.
Four Seasons has a homeopathic element added with Filix-mas, Cina, Ferrum-met, Sulphur, Abrotanium, Teucrium-mar as well as the herbs Hibiscus, Thyme, Ginger Root, Cloves, Natural salts and Organic Bitter Apple
What if my dog already has worms?
Simply double the Verm-X for 14 days if feeding the daily treats, or double it for the first three days if feeding the liquid. With Four Seasons give it every day for 10 days, then every week for a month and once a month from then on.
Worm egg counting
We also recommend doing a worm egg count and a lungworm test up to four times a year. To be honest it’s worth getting done whichever way you choose to treat your dog. A worm egg count will give you an accurate picture of the worm egg burden your dog is currently carrying. It’s an excellent and cost effective way to keep eye on your dog’s gut health.
You get a kit in the post, collect a sample, post it back to the lab and the test results will be emailed to you in a few days.
A note about lungworm.
Our products work well on any lungworm eggs entering the gut via the mouth, but they won’t work if the eggs have already left your dog’s gut and entered the bloodstream. The best way to find out if your dog has a lungworm infection is to do a lungworm test as mentioned above, or see your vet. You can get your worm count kits from us at www.myitchydog.co.uk
More information is available at My Itchy Dog for Billy No Mates, Verm-X, Four Seasons and Wormcount, and in my book Top Dog by Kate Bendix. Buy it now on Amazon, at My Itchy Dog, Waterstones and independent bookshops.