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Pumpkin Seeds: A Natural Solution For Worms


Spring is arriving for another year and it’s time once again for the bugs and nasties to start coming back out. Spring is a time when pet owners might start seeing the signs of worms in their dogs. These sigs can include squiggly worms or “rice bodies” in his stool, a thrifty looking appearance, scooting and licking his rear, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your dog shows any of these signs, you might want to take a look in your cupboards before reaching for the toxic dewormers. There might be something in there that could rid your dog of worms without the adverse effects on his health that veterinary dewormers deliver.

Pumpkin Seeds Fight Worms

Raw, organic pumpkin seeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic and other ailments since the colonists first came to the New World and discovered the benefits of this Native American crop. The flesh and seeds of the pumpkin were used by the Native American tribes to heal wounds, cure kidney ailments and urinary problems and were used as a parasitic treatment on humans. In recent times, herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin also work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans.

Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract. Pumpkin seeds have other health benefits too – they are loaded with protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health.

Feeding Directions

Pumpkin seeds can be fed whole as a treat for your dog. Don’t feed him the salted seeds from the grocery store; find some raw, organic seeds instead. If your dog doesn’t enjoy them as a treat, you can grind them in a coffee grinder or Magic Bullet and add them to his meals. Give him a teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight once or twice a day until he’s rid of the parasites.



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52 Responses to Pumpkin Seeds: A Natural Solution For Worms

  1. Victoria

    Will the pumpkin seeds get rid whipworms in my dog? he already had a round of panacur, but I want to try to get rid of them naturally before the vet ends up giving him another round of dewormer. Please let me know :)

  2. Shawn

    Hmmmm…..looking into natural worming solutions for our horses….any ideas if this would also work/be Ok for horses???

    • Cyndi

      You should look into Diatomaceous Earth for that. Not sure if I can post a link here, but go to Earthworkshealth.com. Lots of great info. I use that for my dog as well as the pumpkin seeds.

  3. sherry

    I live on two acres in FL with neighbors who have free roaming cats so I am fighting a losing battle with fleas and its cost prohibitive to treat that much land. I give food grade DE once a day and have been giving pumpkin seeds also and finally no worms. Just the DE alone didn’t seem to work and gave them diarrhea but feeding both have done the trick and no diarrhea, I’ve been giving a tsp. of each just as maintenance after two weeks of not seeing any worms with a full dose of 1 Tbsp. Is there something in the pumpkin seeds that is harmful if given year round? I grind mine because whole they came out the same way they went in and didn’t think there was any benefit even though the dogs liked them whole. Thanks

    • Julia Henriques

      Sherry, as far as we know you should be Ok giving pumpkin seeds long term; you might prefer, though, to try using DE topically (pull back your dog’s hair and sprinkle DE sparingly on the skin) as a preventative so you don’t get the fleas in the first place! Here’s a recipe using neem and yarrow, or you can use DE on its own too. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/flea-tick-powder/

      • sherry

        Julia, I have used the DE on the skin and my dogs shake it off almost immediately so it doesn’t really have any effect and with seven that makes alot of DE dust that I shouldn’t be inhaling. I’ve thought about putting it on then dampening their fur since it doesn’t dissolve in water but don’t want to create a goopy mess.

      • sherry

        Thanks Julia, I will try the recipe and see if it works, hopefully since its such a small amount they won’t shake it off.

    • Diane Escobar

      I am having the same issue here in NY. Neighbors 14 free roaming cats untreated causing a loosing battle with fleas and driving us crazy! I just started given them pumpkin seeds today because of this article. I will try to grind them up if it is not effective whole. My boys love them whole. :-)

  4. Suzanne

    Has a prevention,,,,can I give pumpkin seeds to my dog,,,every day

  5. bushido bullies

    all seeds have a protective membrane around them,that means that they should be soaked in filtered water for at least 2 hours before eating….even more for dogs and cats who are lacking some enzymes to brake down all the healthy stuff in the seeds!!and after the soaking it is advised to break them down in a food processor or coffee been grinder…..DE food grade is great too ;)

  6. Louise

    Very interesting. I recall reading something about pumpkin seed oil working on worms also do you know if this is true??

  7. I eat it my self and have it without the shell
    my puppy as giargia so I grounded my seeds to give to him
    will it work with out the shell?
    bye bye xx

    • Crystal Wyse

      Curious about the benefits for various kidney and bladder issues. I have a dog we are still trying to fully diagnose. Possible early stage kidney disease and/ or possible Cushings. If we are dealing with early stage kidney disease, would pumpkin seeds help support the kidneys or would the phosphorus amount be detrimental?

  8. I have a 67 pound female purebred ch lab. I noticed that she had tape worms. I want to use the garlic method to help her. can yopu tell me the dosges for her. Thankyou.

    • Angie Lindstrand

      I might have not heard of the Garlic method but I do know Garlic is totally toxic to dogs. It can change Red Blood cells into wrong shapes with little fissures on them. The bone marrow sees there is a problem with them and they are destroyed. Causing severe Anemia is just one problem from Garlic. I would not do this method.

  9. travis

    how many seeds should i give my dogs love eating them whole and need to know when enough is enough cause they will eat all u give them we got rid of tapeworms in our lil girl dog and her brother comes and stays a few days here and there and brought him back over for a few days and found tapeworm segments in his stool so feeding him the seeds cause gave the sentry pill to his sister and it killed it and made her sick as well so would rather do this so it doesnt make them sick just need to know how many would be sufficient

    • Wendy Rogers

      The article says to give a tsp per every 10 lbs of body weight. Read the last paragraph under the heading Feeding Directions.

      • Diane Escobar

        Travis, I had the same question because I do not need to grind them. My dogs eat them whole. The answer to the initial question is there are about a dozen pumpkin seeds are in 1 tablespoon , thus about 12 seeds per 10lbs.

  10. Penni Barrett

    A couple years ago, before finding this wonderful article, the attendants at the Vet’s office would look sad everytime we took our beloved Boston Terrier in for his checkup~ he was given to us at 8 months, a miracle-birthed pup of a litter of stillborns. Although a bit dirty and thin he was otherwise a very playful and happy addition to our home. His first checkup revealed adult heart worms :( so the Vet did the three day treatment with orders to subdue him for awhile (ha!) and subsequent tests kept revealing the same problem. We kept him on preventative but truly expected the worst. I tried to obtain a holistic treatment we could not afford and began to seek other advice. Stumbled across pumpkin seed idea and ground up and added to the whole bag of dogfood so he got some with every little bit he ate for quite a while….like months. The next annual checkup the Vet was elated…. NO HEARTWORMS! We have no other explanation…. the “preventative” was the mildest one so likely would not have cured him. I think it was the pumpkin seeds! And I didn’t even have organic ones, just the snack variety! So, SAVE THE SEEDS from the jack-o-lantern in a few weeks…. and have a few for you as well!!

  11. mike miller

    Good information!

  12. Melissa

    How often are you dosing …..once daily for how long?
    Days weeks or months?
    Do you actually see ascarids expelled?

    Anyone tried garlic and parsley combo?

    I tried guiness….but never saw any parasites in the stool after dosing……do you have info concerning hops as a dewormer?

    • Anna

      I thought hops were deadly…..google it

    • Angie Lindstrand

      I posted on Sandra’smessage above but Garlic is toxic to dogs! Stay clear from any method with that ingredient.

  13. Jo

    How much ground up pumpkin powder should I give my 75 lb lab for his tape worms?

  14. Melanie

    Please make sure people are aware that this is for “intestinal” worms only….it will not work on heartworms.

  15. I’ve recently adopted a 12 week old puppy and he had/has round and whip worms, dewormers were given to him. My vet wants to give him another round but I would much rather try this!!!! If it is safe for a puppy? and approx. when should I get him rechecked for the worms?? I don’t see any in his stool…thank you

  16. Debbie Ouellette

    Please answer!! Are pumpkin seeds safe for cats too. Do they help for worms? Also is there a cat magazine you guys have? Would appreciate the feedback.

  17. Melissa

    Does this work on coccidia/giardia infections? I think one of my dogs got it when dumpster diving and he was put on metron because he had bloody diarrhea, but then I think he gave it to one of my other dogs. I started both of them on pumpkin seed and gave it whole for a couple of days but noticed that it came out whole so I started crushing it and immediately noticed that both dogs got better. The one on antibiotics was already getting better but the one who was not on antibiotics also got better. I was dosing at about 1 tsp for the 55lb dog and 1/2 tsp for the 28lb dog. I dont know if this is coincidence or what. Is it even possible for a dog to recover from this type of infection without antibiotics?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine

      Of course dogs can recover from coccidia and giardia without antibiotics. These parasitic issues are the result of an imbalanced immune system and the antibiotics will only cause further disruption of the intestinal flora. This is why herbs and homeopathy are preferred: once the parasites are gone, they’re gone because they dog hasn’t suffered an insult to his immune system

  18. Rose Fisch

    I see that the question “Would this work for cats?” but I haven’t seen any reply. I am also interested in knowing if it would work for cats, and what would the dose be. Thank you.

  19. This sounds wonderful, and I would love to feed pumpkin seeds instead of pharmacueticals to my dog to rid her of worms. Could you please include the scientific evidence, link a study or two, or give names and credentials of people who are telling this to us? I hope this is true, sounds great, but shouldn’t I be careful to know where this info is coming from?

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine

      Kimbra pretty much every herbologist and holistic vet is aware of the benefits and safety of pumpkin seeds. You could start with Greg Tilford and Dr Richard Pitcairn. There are zero scientific studies to show that parachutes work either – but they still do :-)

  20. Mar

    Another extremely healthy alternative that rids the body of most parasites in humans and animals is Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade). It can be mixed in food or in liquids and should be used for 3 months to also get the eggs of the next batch. It also provides minerals and is purported to have many other health benefits. Dosages, etc. can be found here: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/wholisticproduct.html#DE.

    Some health food stores sell it or on the internet. Perma-Guard is the cleanest source or through Wolf Creek Ranch. I buy it in bulk and provide it for those in my area (Winnipeg) to make it less expensive and easier for them to find.

    • kathi richards

      I get my DE at a feed store. A buck a pound and it is clean.

  21. Katy

    What about cats. Would the dosage be the same?

  22. Peter G

    Can pumpkin seeds be fed to a dog with EPI? And if so, should they be treated with the eznymes he gets with each meal?

  23. JoAnn

    Are the shells safe for dogs or should they be shucked first

    • Mare

      JoAnn, I’d like to know the answer to this too! While the article does advise that the seeds can be fed ‘whole’, I too am confused as to whether by ‘whole’ they mean feeding with the shell intact or not as there’s no mention whatsoever as to whether they should be shucked first!
      Editors, please enlighten us?

    • Raw, organic shelled. They really work best if you pulverize them in a coffee grinder or Magic Bullet. I keep a large jar of it in the fridge so I just add the correct amount to their food.

  24. Brenda

    Can you use these ground up for cats also?

  25. Erin

    Can a lesser amount be used daily as preventative care? (Instead of waiting until they have them and trying to get rid of them)


    • Dogs Naturally Magazine

      You could add half that amount but don’t give it year round. Try giving it for two or three weeks at a time, a few times a year.

      • haze ng

        i saw u better to give the dog in raw seeds, can i dry the seeds by dehydrator? tks


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