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The Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a dirt cheap way to control external and internal parasites in your dog.

Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass. Diatomacous Earth is deadly to any insect yet completely harmless to animals.

Diatomaceous Earth’s mode of action for insect and parasite control is strictly mechanical. The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite, and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die. The larvae is affected in the same way.

Internal parasites can be controlled by giving Diatomaceous Earth internally. It is very important to note that it must be food grade – the earth used in gardens and pool filters can damage your dog. Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily. To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.

Another use for Diatomaceous Earth is the control of external parasites and flies. This is achieved by dusting your dog with Diatomacous Earth, along with his bedding area and surrounding carpeted areas.

Other Uses

Diatomaceous Earth has also been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Given this, Diatomaceous Earth is very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser.

Dosage

For dogs, use one tablespoon per day in his food for dogs over 55 lbs. and one teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies. For external parasite control, simply rub the powder at full strength into the coat for fleas and sprinkle on bedding.

 

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74 Responses to The Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth

  1. carolyn dearen March 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM #

    my yorkie has been treated with diatomaceous earth food grade for over three months still passing
    worms. she also still bloated and sometimes she vomits and runs a slight fever. what am i doing wrong?

  2. Ruth February 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM #

    I have a 5 month old puppy who has been treated Giaredia for three months unsuccessfully. Curious if Diatomaceous earth will work for this?

  3. Marcia May December 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM #

    Does DE work on tapeworms?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine December 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM #

      Not usually. It’s best to look for other options. Check this article out: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/herbal-options-for-your-dogs-worms/

    • james January 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM #

      Yes it does work if you buy the right stuff. It has got to be grey not white the grey is less refined and more gritty. Buy it from the UK seem to be more upfront about what your actually getting.

      http://diatomx.co.uk/epages/eshop439661.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/eshop439661/Categories/DiatomPure%C2%AE

      no I don’t own the company but I got what i was hoping for and it worked!

    • Morgain February 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM #

      I’ve used DE on my pets for fleas and mites, and still use Advantage Multi, but a lot less of it and try to share one dosage for 3 cats and a dog. When I use DE on the pets, it cuts down on the chemical dosages I have to get the furbies. I have read on several other sites that you can use DE to kill tapeworms, add a tsp. of the FOOD GRADE ONLY DE powder in the dry or wet food and do it for a month. Also, I’ve mixed it with water and drank it. It’s been known to lower cholesterol status and clean out human’s parasites and cleanses your system of toxic industrial chemical build up in your system.

  4. Alisha October 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM #

    Hi there! I have a 5 month old blue nose pit bull puppy. Her name is Ebony. She has all of her vaccinations. I recently took her to the vet (about 3 weeks ago) because she started to lose the hair on the top of her head. After a week, she had begun to break out (almost like pimples). When I took her to the vet he did a skin scraping and diagnosed her as having demodex mites. I’ve been treating her with the medicated shampoo he gave me for the last two weeks, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I’ve washed everything in the house in hot water (including her bedding) and nothing seems to work. A friend of mine recommended DE to me to help with our problem. Is it something you’d recommend? And is there anything else I can do to treat this? The vet wants us to do medicated dips at his office if it doesn’t clear up, but I’d like to try everything I can first. Help please! Thank you!

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 30, 2013 at 7:41 AM #

      In many cases, the immune system just has to mature for localized demodex to resolve. You can steep some lemon in boiling water and spry the lemon water over the affected area a few times a day. This has saved many a puppy from those dangerous dips.

    • vp November 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM #

      Hi Alisha.. Cheeba, my mix breed had the same problem since birth and recently the demodex mites completely took over. She lost almost all of her coat and had bruises and pimples all over. I tried Ivermectin Tablets for a while and they do control it sometimes, though it hasnt cured it. After doing some research I came across Ted’s remedy on Earthclinic.. He and many others including me have used Borax & Hydrogen Peroxide (1%) (the exact recipe can be found here.. http(:)//www (.)earthclinic(.)com/Pets/dog_mange_cure(.)html . or just search earthclinic borax mange). These borax baths have cured Cheeba of demodex mange. Her hair has started growing back :) and she’s become her lively self again. The great part about this treatment is that it works instantly i.e. no itching or scratching after the bath. And from all the research i’ve done is the least harmful (if at all) treatment as compared to chemical baths and tablets. Borax, from what i’ve read, has been wrongly labelled as being toxic (less toxic than salt). It has also been successfully used to cure people with Arthritis by this Australian Doctor in the 70′s!! I also read about DE helping with cleaning up their stomachs from the inside (and a good alternative dewormer as compared to the meds) and recently ordered some for Cheeba. Not used it yet so can’t comment but seems promising from all the comments on various sites. But i can vouch for the Borax cure. It really works. Hope this helps and Ebony gets better :). Take care.

  5. Lindy October 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

    Hi, I just purchased the DE and spread it on our yard. I would like to treat my dog with it but he is does a lot of licking and grooming. Will licking this full strength hurt him?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM #

      Ingesting DE, as long as it is food grade, won’t hurt him at all. Many farmers and pet owners add it to their animal’s food to help with digestion and parasite control.

  6. Sara D October 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM #

    I read through all the comments above, but I am still a bit confused about DE usage. I have outdoor (semi-feral, but some are quite friendly) cats that I feed. They were spayed and neutered about one month ago and given Revolution for fleas. I’ve been putting brewer’s yeast in their food and just recently purchased food grade DE from Little City Dogs. I want to use it on their outdoor bedding and surrounding patio area.
    1.Can I sprinkle lightly on the bedding and leave it, or should I vacuum off before allowing the cats back in it?
    2. Should it be hosed off the patio? How long should it be left before doing so?
    3.If the product is vacuumed up / hosed off, how is the effectiveness maintained?
    4. Could I mix it in to their wet food, and if so, should it be in place of the brewer’s yeast? Which is a more effective/beneficial supplement?
    Thank you.

  7. Loopy September 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

    My dog acquired fleas which I didn’t know until I took him for grooming. I had read so much about DE and its effectiveness on fleas. It hasn’t worked at all. Now he has worms which I believe are tapeworms as they are little white ricelike worms and are moving still in his feces. The girl at the pet store told me the DE will kill the worms. Is this true? I want to use natural if I can but I’m going away for a week in October and leaving him with my daughter and I don’t her dog to get the fleas or the worms. I need help fast.

    Thank you.
    Loopy

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

      DE isn’t always reliable for tapeworm. You could start with garlic and ground raw pumpkin seeds and see where that gets you. If these don’t work, you could move on to Oregon grape, wormwood or black walnut but these should be used with veterinary or professional guidance.

      • Kat January 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM #

        I’d just like to say that although I’m using DE for my puppy’s fleas/tapeworm & so far it’s not killing the tapeworm (I’m sticking with it for now though), your alternatives seem extremely dangerous as each one contains something that is fatal to dogs: garlic, pumkin seeds, grapes & walnuts. All of these things are poisonous to dogs so while you may kill the tapeworm, you may also certainly kill the dog too!

        • Dogs Naturally Magazine January 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM #

          Hi Kat
          DE is not usually effective with tapeworm. Please research the other herbs and foods we mention – they are all safe to use on dogs. But don’t give black walnut without the direction of an experienced vet or herbalist.

        • Anita Munoz February 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM #

          I have been using it for months and just found out two of my dogs tested positive for whipworm and I have been using it because I thought it would help in keeping worms and parasites at bay instead of the monthly poison. I’m disappointed in it. I guess it doesn’t work

  8. Mary J. September 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM #

    Have a very thick coated cockapoo that I think I “over coated” with DE yesterday. It was my first use of the product; I should have started with the carpet so I could see the best way to lightly apply it! He’s scratching even more now (though he did do well overnight) and just now was wheezing. I think he is creating his own little cloud of DE dust around him while he scratches. Concerned for his lungs; also that perhaps his skin is drying and therefore making him itch more.

    Have never seen on any DE sites about washing it OFF your pet, but if he doesn’t settle down soon I will. I want to leave it on long enough to kill the fleas. Should I wash him today?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine September 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM #

      Hi Mary
      Yes, wash it off then apply it again. DE can be very drying for the skin and that’s why he is scratching. Give him a bath and if you feel you need to reapply it, put it in a can that has a plastic lid. Punch little holes in the lid and shake it sparingly into the coat. Brush the coat backwards with your hands and shake it and this will make sure it gets down to his skin.

      • Mary J. September 9, 2013 at 11:43 PM #

        Thanks for the response. Yes, a bath is needed. I discovered a very efficient way to spread the DE. I have a small, very fine strainer I use to separate, say, the seeds from the lemon juice. It works great. A small mist, very controllable. I set the strainer over a cereal bowl, pour in the DE, what filters out that moment stays in the bowl, but most of it is just waiting for me to shake it a little. Thanks again for watching your posts and responding quickly!

        • Nana September 15, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

          You do realize that you need to cover his nose and mouth while applying this to his coat? It’s not safe to inhale…not for your dog or for you. Could be why he’s wheezing.

          • Lottie October 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM #

            Could DNM confirm this about the inhaling? I’ve read that it isn’t dangerous to inhale it as long as it’s food grade. I’ve read it will only make you sneeze/wheeze in the same way flour or other powders might if you inhale them.

          • Hero March 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM #

            Umm you wouldn’t inhale anything you would eat.. So no do not inhale de

            Food grade does not belong in the respiratory system as everything else… Yoy

  9. Kathy Chiavola September 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM #

    I have used DE on my Terriers for 60 days for tapeworm. No change. I’m going to try the homeopathic, then herbs.

  10. Emma September 7, 2013 at 3:56 AM #

    I used frontline on my competing up to six month pup it didn’t work so now he is stuck miserably scratching which is not only painfull to him but painfull to watch and obviously I can’t put any other drops on him for another month so rather than watching him suffer for a month I want to try de but like many am worried about harming the dog in the process…mainly it seems a good idea rub into coat outside where dog can walk away from dust …but how much on fur? A light powder? Will the dog not breathe this is later when washing grooming? As for food he has raw meat ie beef in his dry kibble will de not work due to the moistness of the raw meat…please advice from someone my poor dog is miserable

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine September 10, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

      Here is a guide you can follow: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/flea-tick-powder/
      If you put it in a shaker can, it shouldn’t irritate his lungs. Once the mixture is rubbed into his coat, he will be fine.

      • Sandra Maldeis September 11, 2013 at 3:13 AM #

        I bought DE from a pharmacy that specializes in natural animal care. I was told that even though I have just applied Advantage to my dogs, the DE is fine as it isn’t an insecticide. I then watched a video on youtube and they advised not to do it outside because if there is any wind or a breeze you or you dog could inhale it which is apparently not a good thing. They also said that some people use a mask when applying it. In the video the DE was applied in the shoulder area, base of the tale, chest and tummy. It was done on a cat, but I guess you would put it in the same place in either animal. In video, she used a container with a small nozzle that she held about an inch away from the area she wanted to put it. She only applied a small amount and then rubbed it back and forth. I have Bullmastiffs so I’m not quite sure how much to use. I guess you learn how much as you go along. I think you have to do it every day, but if it works, my dogs are worth it and I’m sure yours are too. Anything that is more natural has more appeal to me.
        Also if Frontline is applied to the skin (not oral) give your dog a few baths. I’m not familiar with Frontline, but with Advantage, which is applied to the skin) it becomes much less effective if your dogs swims or has a bath.
        Good Luck to you …I haven’t done it yet myself.

  11. Robin Ramirez July 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

    My rescued Westie had round worms. We gave him an over the counter wormer and then his fecal tested negative. We gave him the 2nd dose to make sure. That was about 2 weeks ago. I am seeing dead worms in his poo. Is this normal? Should I start him on DE? I did switch him to raw 4 days after getting him. I don’t think the poor guy is real healthy yet. Any help will will be appreciated.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine July 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM #

      Yes, that’s normal. That’s what dewormers do … they poison the worms (and your dog to a lesser degree). For this reason, he wouldn’t be healthy! Conventional medicine is short sighted so, although the poison has killed the worms, you haven’t changed the reason why your dog was susceptible to parasites in the first place … and now you’ve added this toxin, which will add to his problems in the long term and do nothing to prevent him from getting worms again in the future. In short, we can’t give our dogs toxins to make them healthy!! It doesn’t work that way.
      As a rescue dog, he was likely over vaccinated and fed poor quality food and perhaps neutered at the same time. The core vaccines are one and done, so stopping vaccination will help him (I don’t know if rabies is required where you live), as well as a whole food diet. This will help to rebuild his immune system. Some milk thistle is also a good idea to help protect his liver from the damage the dewormer would have caused him. These three things are an excellent start to providing long term help for him. If the worms recur, there are natural options like pumpkin seeds that are quite effective.

  12. Sherrie July 17, 2013 at 4:58 AM #

    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me if adding DE to my dogs’ chicken will reduce its effectiveness, ie; will the moistness of the chicken make it too wet to work properly?
    The chicken is steamed, so although it’s not cooked in liquid, it is moist.
    I’d appreciate any advice please.
    Thanks,
    Sherrie

  13. lex July 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

    I hear to take for caution when sprinkling de around. I do wear a mask and so does my dog. but yet when I was in the feed store they were just dusting it all over the place putting into the bag and didn’t think anything of wearing a mask. You can buY it in a bag they have 50 pound bag and now theY have it in bulk where You can buy it by the pound and it is food grade. I don’t need 50 pounds but I did think that you have to keep it dry or doesn’t working now I just saw a post saying you can get it wet if so thats great i live in a apartment and i am going to dust where my dog walks she is like a flea magnet i keep her very clean but they just love her i feed her very organically and i bet she taste very good is there something I can feed her that will make her skin not as tasty. she is a small Labradoodle she is 20 pounds.

    • Pam July 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

      You can feed your dog nutritional Yeast on his food. 1 teaspoon a day and after it gets into there system the fleas will not find him very appetizing. Nutritional yeast is healthy for him. Go ahead and Google Nutritional Yeast for dogs.

      • Dogs Naturally Magazine July 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM #

        Nutritional yeast is floor sweepings and is often a source of allergies for dogs. Be careful before using it.

  14. Heather July 13, 2013 at 1:49 AM #

    Re OUTDOOR USE OF DE: Please avoid use of DE outdoors unless in a confined space , i.e. chicken coop walls. DE is hazardous to beneficial insects which work hard to take care of insect pests in your yard.

  15. Heidi Stroh June 12, 2013 at 3:07 AM #

    Hi there, I am wanting to feed my 4 week old puppies the DE as a precaution to worms. I have not done any other deworming as such and they have just started eating the raw meat. How can I be sure that the DE is working and they don’t have worms or that the DE has got rid of any worms?

  16. Alicia May 17, 2013 at 2:15 AM #

    Hi Dogs Naturally, I have heard of the great benefits of D.earth and am keen to use it on my pup instead of conventional worming. I am adopting a puppy in a months time from a breeder, she will be 8 weeks of old at that stage and will have been wormed at 6 weeks by the breeder (unavoidable). The breeder will recommend I give her the second worming dose again in 6 weeks to kill off the second generation of worms. I wanted to replace this instead with a natural treatment. I have ordered two herb combos from Lyndall at Canine Vitality, one is a stronger treatment and the other milder one is to be used in between. I also have a homeopathic wormer that the homeopath told me to add to her water daily. I would like to add the D.earth in there somewhere as I have heard that natural treatments don’t work as well on worms in puppies. But Canine Vitality has told me it may not be a good idea to give the homeopath, herbs and d.earth. What do you recommend? Should I just do one treatment of the d.earth at 12 weeks? And once the herbs are finished do you think I should continue with a maintenance of d.earth and if so do I have to give it daily (it seems like a lot of work to give daily) or can I just give it every few months for a few days? Thankyou in advance.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine May 17, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

      I think I would do the DE first as it is the least invasive, and if that doesn’t work, move to the homeopathic combination, then if that doesn’t work, to move to the herbs (because the herbs can be a wee bit harsh on the liver). You can also try ground pumpkin seed with the DE. Because the puppy is conventionally raised, run regular fecals to see how these are working but if you hold off on the vaccination schedule and don’t feed a processed diet, then her immune system should do a good job at keeping those herbs at bay

      • Alicia May 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM #

        Thankyou. So what amounts of the pumpkin seeds and DE should I use and for how long, and do I give it daily?

  17. Michelle May 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM #

    For those who have posted questions pertaining to Giardia. The best solution I have found is Colloidal Silver. it is safe for humans and animals. Look up dosage amounts on the net according to whatever ailment you need it for. I personally use one that is made in Australia as this is where I live. It’s easy to buy online, most brands are effective.

  18. Lola May 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM #

    Will DE kill heart worms and larvae

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine May 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM #

      No it won’t. Beware that anything that is toxic to heartworms is also toxic to your dog!

      • Dr B. May 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

        Sorry, that is not a reasonable response. Naclo2 will knock out those heart worms with no side effects at all.

  19. Carolyn Meunier March 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM #

    If using it in the garden, do you put a certain amount in the ground with the seeds or plants or do you spread it on the plants after they come up.

  20. cecil March 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM #

    If I dust the dog with it….then she cuddles with the cats who may lick and ‘groom’ her …is it harmful for them to ingest ?

  21. jessica smith March 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM #

    So glad I found this article! Just brought my 11 weeks old puppy to his well check and they told me they recommend deworming him even if his stool comes back no worms. I hate putting toxic parasite stuff in my baby but I also have 3 small kids and I guess they can have eye issues if they catch the infestation. I am definitely going to get this stuff!! Anyone used it on a puppy before on here?

    Jess

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine March 4, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

      Yes! Just make sure it’s mixed well with the food as the dust can cause lung irritation.

      • jessica smith March 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM #

        Just got it in mail and added it to some of his food very well mixed in. He gobbled it down! Should I give this to him all year round? Should I only give in the colder months when I am not using heartguard?

      • Wholemystic Vet July 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM #

        I found it disturbing that mentioning that inhaling DE is “not good” only in the comments after the article which recommends dusting an animal and it’s bedding. That should probably be covered in the article “proper”…

        • Michael January 18, 2014 at 4:31 AM #

          Crystalline DE is very dangerous if inhaled. It will cause respiratory inflammation similar to silicosis, or Black Lung Disease. This is the same DE used in pool filters. Amorphous DE, aka organic food grade DE, has only about 5% the irritation potential of crystalline DE from what I’ve read. However, it is still a good precaution to dust in a well-ventilated area, wear a mask yourself, and not dust it directly on your pets snout. With that, you should be assured of having no problems using DE. I’ve never had any issues doing it this way, or for that matter when I didn’t use these precautions.

    • Alison May 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

      Hi Jess
      I’m a small breeder, started raw feeding and no toxins 3 years ago. Once pups can eat I mix a tsp of DE with minced meat and a drop of water and they get a meat ball each day, it can take 4 to 6 weeks to work.
      Make sure its pharmaceutical grade and check out Wolf Creeks website.
      However if the stool check comes back clear theres no need to bother

      Alison

  22. devorah leah October 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    this diatonacious earth sounds great for flea prevention. does bentonite or green clay powder work too?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine October 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM #

      Bentonite and other clays do not work like DE will

      • Kathy April 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM #

        I personally take 1 heaping tbs of Red Lake DE w/calcium bentonite in water every night before bed. My cats, dogs and horses all receive some as well of varying dosages. I feel the combination of both products act as a wonderful mineral supplement along with a gentle detox. I’ve warded off every cold or virus that’s passed by me this past winter as well, so I feel its boosted my immune system too.

        • diane June 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM #

          I’ve been trying to research on the difference between the white and the red lake brand with the calcium bentonite in it. You are the first that i’ve seen where a person uses this kind and not the white or pure de

  23. cindy November 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM #

    hi Karryn

    I live in SA and can supply you with food grade diatomaceous earth, fantastic product, I became a believer after purchasing a very large quantiy and used so little to get rid of fleas and ants, it worked amazingly, i now sell it in many different quantities, contact me on 072 229 3092
    Cindy

  24. Kim September 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM #

    Karyn – I order thru here: http://www.theholistichorse.com/
    But…they state “We only ship to the contiguous United States and it’s territories.” They have a link for Canadian orders, though.

    Holistic Horse website also states: “When insects come in contact with the tiny particles of Perma-Guard’s Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, they pierce the exoskeleton of the worms…..”. Perma-Guard’s website lists a lot of suppliers outside of the US…don’t know if any of them ship to your area. Here’s the link:
    http://www.perma-guard.com/

  25. Karyn September 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM #

    I live in South Africa – where could I get it here?

  26. CJ September 13, 2011 at 12:43 AM #

    Hello!
    DE is great stuff! I give it to my horse, dogs, cats & husband! Folks have reported that they feel more energy, it has lowered their cholesterol & their high blood pressure! After all of the research I have done on it, I have decided to sell it. I insist on quality ‘Food Grade’ Diatomaceous Earth. It sells for $10.00 a pound. I will be happy to ship it to anyone who is interested. My email address is Likazoo1@yahoo.com
    Keep up the good work & God Bless!
    CJ

  27. kathi richards September 12, 2011 at 10:55 PM #

    I just started dusting one of my dogs with this for her dem. mange. We do it outside and I sprinkle it close to her body. She gives a nice shake afterwards and trots away. I have given it to all my pups routinely and have never had a problem with internal parasites. I take it too as it is a good source of silica.

    I always thought that the food and garden type were the same. I know that the pool grade is different but the other two feel the same. Clarification? Thank you.

  28. Kim September 12, 2011 at 6:20 PM #

    There are both Food Grade and Dusting Grade DE. Not sure of difference but they are marketed as such. I have purchased both. I put the food grade in pellet/warm water mash for my laying hens and scoop into their “trough” type feeders. I also have the Dusting grade to add to their dust-bath area of their pen. I have also used the food grade DE with 2 sheep I was raising for the freezer whose manure samples showed evidence of worms. I would bring a sample to have tested each month. Using this every day in their grain, 30 days later no sign of worms. Didn’t make a believer out of my vet as “stool sample is so small it may have not contained evidence of worms”…but I kept feeding it to them for their duration and felt good about it. And as Robin says…keep it close to the food when adding, and gently rub around if adding to hair coat. It’s very fine white power similar to baby power consistency.

    • Reesi T October 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM #

      There are really only TWO types of DE: Food Grade & Pool Grade.
      The companies that package & sell the DE are registered with the EPA & are thus required to label the (same) product as a Food item or as an Insecticide item….they cannot be registered as both in the same packaging & under the same name. Usually, you will find this explanation somewhere in the company’s web page.
      The only way the product can be any other “type” is if it is blended with other ingredients (which will be listed, other than the small percentage of uncertain natural minerals found with the natural DE), which I believe is somewhat rare. The other ingredients would likely “enhance” the purpose for which the product is advertised (ex..adding bentonite clay to a food-grade DE for detox & alkalizing).

  29. Robin Ehn September 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM #

    Everyone should be cautious when using this as a dust – it can harm lungs if breathed in. Don’t panic about this, just use a bit of caution for both you and your dog when you are spreading it around.

  30. Mary September 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    I’ve had better luck with Bentonite Clay (and Grapefruit Seed Extract) for Giardia

    • Dogs Naturally September 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM #

      It’s better for worms – and tapeworms sometimes require the addition of wormwood or similar herbs.

      • Pamela August 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

        Can you explain this a bit further? I know someone who has given DE in the proper dose for 60 days and his dog still has tapeworms. He will want to know why it might require a boost from wormwood to kill them. Do you have a link that explains this? Thank you so much! :-)

        • Dogs Naturally Magazine August 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

          DE isn’t the best choice for tapeworm. There are other options including wormwood and black walnut, but these herbs should be used with the guidance of a professional who is knowledgeable about herbs.

  31. Sirena September 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM #

    Does this work for Giardia too?

  32. Julie September 9, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    I have a question about this as I was thinking about getting it for my dogs as dont like the idea of chemicals that the vets use. I read on another site that it is only effective if it is dry , they had advocated sprinkling it around the garden to control fleas. Now, if this is so, how does it work inside the body , definately not a dry area. Thanks . Julie

    • Dogs Naturally September 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM #

      It will actually work in your garden as a spray as well. The microscopic shards themselves do not break down in water, so it works either way.

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