Parasite and Worm Remedies


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Posted by Don (Cornwall, Ontario, Canada) on 01/12/2009

Ok I just recently adopted a puppy for a local island reserve, and upon bringing him home he seemed realy happy kinda shy at first, but he plays and bites and growls and actualy uses the potty out side lol , the only thing is i noticed about 2 days ago that he threw up and there was a spegetii like worm in it and i dont realy have all the money to go take him to the vet for a check up than the deworming shots and what not so i am going to try the garlic thing as soon as possible and i will write back to let you know how it worked

EC: Roundworms!

Posted by Donyale (Columbus, Ohio) on 07/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have 4 wolves. One is a Timber wolf/ German Shepard. The other three are all in the high 90's as far as the wolf. Very little dog if any. About three weeks ago my husband and I thought our babies may have worms. So we took a stool sample to our vet and he told us that all four of the wolves had hookworms. The meds for all four of our wolves would have cost us $65.00 in all for all of them.Now my husband and I are not rich people so I did some nosing around on the internet and read up on Garlic cause a very wise old friend of mine once told me that Garlic can expel worms in dogs and Garlic can also prevent a worm infestation. So before I gave my wolves Garlic I looked it up on the internet and did my research. After two days of research I broke down and went to the store and bought some Fresh Garlic in clove form, came home and gave one clove each of Garlic to the wolves and in four days later in their stool were these live hookworms. Garlic will not kill the hookworms, what happens is that the Garlic cleans out the digestive track, now worms need a unclean place so they can thrive. Now by using Garlic to clean out the digestive track the worm will fall off the intestinal wall.The garlic also makes the blood of your pet taste and smell very foul. In my opinion Garlic is a wonder drug that is not only good for us humans to take daily but it works wonders for our four legged friends as well.

EC: Read much more about Garlic for Dogs here.

Posted by Veterinarian (Greeley, Colorado) on 01/05/2008
1 out of 5 stars

I happened on to a post that suggested garlic would be a safe and effective parasite control remedy in cats. Garlic will cause a Heinz-body anemia in a cat and kill it. I don't appreciate herbal remedies -especially when there is evidence that one is ineffective or dangerous. I believe the site editor should do more research or be more responsible.


< 23 Dec 99, From Kath >

"Yes indeed, garlic and cats? One I've toyed with long enough. Here in UK Denes, a Natural Remedy and Petfood Company, sell 'Liquid Garlic' for cats (and those others) as a flea repellant (external) and general tonic (internal). I bought some in summer to help with a severe flea infestation.

Had only used it once when I came across the feline futures article and wrote to them:

they confirmed their view that it is not such a good idea and re-directed me to: for more information.

So I wrote to Denes who, extolling the virtues of garlic, replied: "... use of garlic in cats. While I appreciate your concern, I can assure you that I know of no incidences of garlic causing adverse effects in cats, when used at the recommended dose. On the contrary, there is documented and anecdotal evidence of its benefit in the management of several conditions, including skin problems, digestive disorders and respiratory problems, as well as in the prevention of endo- and ecto-parasites. Our veterinary advisor has many years of experience of using garlic successfully in his practice and I have several books that I regularly use here in the office, all of which extol the virtues of garlic in both cats and dogs. In case you would like to read any of them for yourself, the details are as follows:

FAIRGRIEVE, M. The natural way for dogs and cats. Mainstream Publishing. 1998 ALLPORT, R. Heal your cat the natural way. Mitchell Beazley. 1997 (I have the dog version, but have used the cat version) HOFFMAN, M. The doctor's book of home remedies for dogs and cats. Rodale Press Inc.1996

"The founder of our company, Buster Lloyd Jones, noticed that dogs and cats seek out those herbs that they know, instinctively, will help them when they are ill, garlic among them. However, no product, whether natural or synthetic, can be 100% safe and it should not be taken in excess and only according to manufacturer's instructions. Cats are very discerning animals and do not normally eat those plants that will do them harm. Again, they seem to have an instinct about which ones to avoid, as well as which ones will do them good. Our Liquid Garlic is for external use only and I recommend our Garlic Tablets as a daily supplement to maintain good health and repel fleas. I hope this information puts your mind at rest.

Replied by Jillian
(Keeseville, NY)

Veterinarians don't like natural remedies of course because they don't stand to make any money from them. If we all continue to educate ourselves on natural remedies they won't make anything from us anymore. Research "vaccinosis" for more information on that. After my dogs near death experience from a reaction to his rabies shot I've gone all natural with my animals food and well being. I rely on garlic for many things and have never seen such healthy, happy dogs and cats in my life I will never go to a vet again unless there are broken bones or blood. Garlic which is on the danger list for dogs is actually one of the most benificial things I have found for my pack. Not to mention my 3 cats one of which is 14 and now in perfect health but did have crystals.

EC: We love this article by Lisa Newman, ND, PH.D. that someone sent in a couple years ago:

Posted by JoAnn (Manassas, VA/USA) on 07/31/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My 7 year old dog (ROXANNE) had been "uncomfortable" with herself for at least 3 weeks and had been "expressing" herself by chewing her feet and humping my beds, sofas and chairs.

On ANY day, it could be successfully argued that ROXANNE is a difficult/high maintenance MUTT (Rottweiler/Russian Shepherd/Basset mix) but, THIS TIME, she kept telling me -- and I had no problem recognizing her message -- that she was actually "in stress".


Initially, I attributed her discomfort to: (a) bugs (fleas and ticks -- trust me, not the problem), (b) the heat, and perhaps a rash she had developed and needed to "scratch" to the point of creating "sores" on herself; or (c) a food allergy (even though I've been feeding her "people food" -- along with her Science Diet menu -- as a TREAT ever since she was a puppy).

To these ends, I had been both showering and shampooing her (warm) and "hosing her down" (gently; cool) on a bi-daily basis (alternating between "commercial shampoo" and a baking soda/olive oil paste for relief).

In addition, I had been applying AloeVera, Olive Oil, NeoSporan and even some commercial "moisturizers" to her back and "hiney" areas (areas that seemed to be bothering her the most) on a regular basis.


After all of this and just six (6) days ago, she FINALLY squatted and rubbed her hiney on a patch of grass. My reaction:

Oh, my God! (and OK) She's got WORMS! (poor baby, but "fixable" and controllable!)


My Grandmother (God rest her soul) actually bred/raised cocker and springer spaniels in her NYC apartment during the 1930's and 1940's. In addition, she would "rescue" any/all strays that may come her way until the day she died (1985).

And one of the most significant (albeit basic) things she ever taught me about treating a dog with parasitic WORMS was to somehow get GARLIC into that dog's system (I know not about cats in this regard, but I can't see any reason why my Grandmother's "formula" wouldn't "work" for cats, too).


Day 1: I didn't have any clove garlic on hand, so I sprinked powdered garlic over ground beef ("hamburger meat"), cooked it, and fed it to ROXANNE (along with the same carrots, potatoes and peas I had earlier served to my own family).

After HOURS, there was no "appreciable" result.

Day 2: I purchased a GARLIC bulb at my local supermarket, took it home, broke it up, and BOILED 3 cloves in a nominal amount of water, sliced the cloves up, and poured the liquid over a couple of cans of commercial dog food.

And while ROXANNE gobbled up the meal, after HOURS of waiting, there was still no "appreciable" result.

Day 3: I was at my wits end, but totally believed that my Grandmother had told me TRUE about what to do (naturally) if/when a dog was experiencing this particular kind of "distress".

And so I boiled 2 more GARLIC cloves and, along with an approximate 1 T. of ground GARLIC, poured a "mixture" (which included this approx. 1/2 cup of water -- garlic cloves removed -- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream, 1/4 cup Half & Half and a can of Evaporated Milk into a bowl snd simply served it to her (cooled)).

Day 3 -- LATE NITE. ROXANNE awakens me, and tells me it is URGENT that she go outside and (very) reluctantly, I abide/consent/concede and respond to her "signal".

And, in retrospect, I am REALLY glad I did.

Because not only did ROXANNE "poop" like she had never done before (meaning 3 times, in various locations along our "path") but, when I "picked it up" (as is required by law) and "inspected" it (YUK! EWWW! and all of that), there were not only 2 really "super long" (but DEAD!) WORMS evident in her "elimination", but also evidence of "smaller" parasites ("white things") that had not survived our GARLIC onslaaught.


Day 4:

ROXANNE SLEPT for a really long time for her (perhaps 6 hours straight) after that particular "elimination experience".

But what was most STRIKING (to me, at least) is that, when she did eventually wake up from her nap, she was TOTALLY the smiling (yes, she DOES smile), dysfunctional (in so many ways, I just can't tell you!) MUTT (Rottweiler/Russian Shepherd/Bassett mix) I would do ANYTHING for (as she would do for me, I have NO doubt).

Day 4-6 (meaning, to present):

FINALLY, SHE was able to SLEEP. And therefore, so was I!

And FINALLY (and once again), it became a pleasurable experience (as far as I can take that) to "deal" with ROXANNE.

We (me and ROXANNE) have had 2 "good days" now.

And (optimist I usually am not), I am actually looking forward to many, many more days of ROXANNE being happily "cured".


Make no mistake: I will continue to watch for any/all other symptoms of ROXANNE's discomfort.

But as of right now, I feel pretty comfortable that her "problem" has been FIXED.

And I feel pretty stongly that's that's on account of GARLIC having been significantly imposed on her diet over the course of no fewer than 3 consecutive days.


IMO (and experience), my ROXANNE is perfectly imperfect.

It's been a difficult couple of weeks, but (especially after our most recent "trials"), I cannot thank my Grandmother (or GARLIC) enough -- specifically because, on account of ROXANNE feeling better, I, too, have been sleeping better and am feeling a whole lot better about a whole number of things now.

Replied by Janna
(Cheboygan, Michigan)

What was all the cream for in the garlic mixture? Just to get her to eat it? Sorry, I'm just curious. :)

Replied by Lisa
(East Providence, RI)


05/31/2008: Janna from Cheboygan, Michigan replies: "What was all the cream for in the garlic mixture? Just to get her to eat it? Sorry, I'm just curious. :)"


Replied by Kori
(Greensboro, NC)

Thanks for the suggestion to use garlic for parasites in dogs. I will give it a try.

Replied by LC
(Brooks, Alberta, Canada)

I am very happy to have found this website. I am curious about the garlic treatment for the parisitic dog. Would something like this work for a horse as well? Also, how much water for 3 cloves of garlic? Thanks.

Replied by Rottweiler_babe
(Midland, Midland Ontario Canada)

Just gave my 130 pound dog a clove of garlic! Hope your grandmother was right, Im feeling good about this and I have spent hundreds at the vets and on pesticides (for dogs) including a natural drop treatment ( didn't work)! That she was on for 2 weeks with 60 drops a day its called wrm clear its a homeopathic remedy. Do not waste your money! .. I will keep you posted on the garlic.. Thanks a bunch!

Replied by Zengirl
(Fredericksburg, Va)

Rottweiler_babe, just wanted to see how your garlic treatment worked? I have a rottie also that suffers from parasites.

Replied by Jmsouth
(Cloverdale, Ca)

Along with an organic garlic pill (= 4 cloves), I have been making white rice and mixing in small handful of cheese. Doing this for about a week now. Will check the backyard for any more "puddles" and report.

We have three dogs, so expensive to give flea treatment, garlic works great. As for the fur and joints, was giving good quality fish oil in their food, but OMG, the stinky gas was horrific. Any suggestions?

Replied by Bugs Mom
(Valdosta, Ga)

If fish oil is too stinky, Try krill oil.


Posted by Suzanne (Myrtle Point, Oregon) on 03/19/2011

I noticed that you didn't have any information yet on Giardia cures for dogs, so since I was doing some research for my own dog I thought I would share what I have found. The traditional treatment is a 5-7 day course of an antibiotic called Metronidazole/Flagyl. Which is the one that my veterinarian prescribed for my dog and has seemed to be very effective. But since I have learned that giardia can be a recurrent problem (the cyst can lay dormant in the intestines for years, and come out during periods of stress) I wanted to find a natural cure so that she would not need to keep taking antibiotics. What I have found that sounds to be the most effective was Oil of Oregano, I have yet to find any dosages more descriptive than a couple of drops, followed by a small amount of plain yogurt. This is probablly what I will try if/when she relapses.

Someone also recommended feeding 1 Tbs of Coconut Oil a day, more as a preventative and for general health, as an anti-virul/bacterial/ fungal/parisitic, as it is very high in medium chain fatty acids. I also plan to start this since I take it for myself and have been pleased.

Grapefruit seed extract was also mentioned for treating Giardia, other parasites and gastro-intestinal disorders. The dosages stated were to give 1 drop per every 10lbs of body weight, 3-5 times a day until cured. It is noted that it is VERY BITTER, and should be put in food or diluted.

I look forward to hearing others experiences on this! Love the website!

Replied by Maryannw
(Brick, Nj/us)

I also thought my dog had Giardia, but she still has chronic watery diarreha after 3 rounds of the Metro and dewormed 3x - once with Pancur. Panacur is known to be used to resolve Giardia issues in dogs, "Worm for a 7 days with Panacur (based on body weight)- mix in a little canned dog meat, then put on kibble, then worm again with Panacure in another 2 weeks (for 7 more days), and they MUST be on a probiotic at the same time- per GreatDaneLady. I also heard about MSM - the sulphur is supposed to make an unhealthy environment for the parasites to live.

Replied by Liz C
(Granby, Ct, Usa)

If your dog still has watery diarrhea, please get a proper diagnosis before treating with anything, natural or otherwise.

I have had rescues/fosters for 20 years. Many had Giardia. None had watery diarrhea. They had pale, slimey, foul smelling stools, which is typical for Giardia.

Replied by Jilbert57
(Brinnon, Wa, Usa)

I too frequent Earth Clinic a lot looking for remedies for people and dogs. Usually find something that either works or helps a lot.

5 days ago my 13 year old jack russell woke me up vomiting twice in the night. Then the next day he had probably 4 bouts of bowel movements, each made up of 3 different places but ending in just liquid as a result. A lot of mucus in the more firm of the stools. No weird color, bad odor or greasy look. This continued one more night and the next morning I called the vet. I took him in and also a great fecal mucus "plop" he did in a container outside the vet office. The vet did a rectal exam and used some of the residue on her glove. So off we went with a prescription for Metro- two 250 mg per day, he is 19.5 lbs. Well the rest of the day he was great, acting like a normal 5 year old jr(thanks to Adequan shots I give him) and we went to bed. He woke up about midnight vomiting some food. Then about one am up came one of his Potassium Citrate pills(he makes urate stones so needs a urine alkalinizer), then another vomit about 230am. So come 8am I called the vet and said I don't think the Metro is sitting very well with Mickey. He is despondent, kind of glazy eyes, looks depressed and doesn't want to move much. My husband said maybe he is having stomach cramps.

Anyway, back to the vets where they confirmed his test was positive for giardia. So we stopped the Metro, got a 5 day supply of Panacur, and she gave him a shot of Cerenia to end the nausea, which it did. He was back to his happy self in about an hour. So now we are on the 3 day of the Panacur, he doesn't seem to be suffering any outward symptoms from it, and is eating great. So the Metro was not a good fit with the jack, but the Panacur was. Hope this helps someone else.

Replied by Mark
(Denver, Colorado)

After contracting Giardia in Eastern Europe several years ago, and suffering severe side effects for years, I finally found a remedy that has fully cured my symptoms. I am so relieved because I found only temporary relief after a cycle of Flagyl, but the symptoms very shortly returned and I began to lose hope.

I had given up looking for a cure, and I just happened to start putting lemons in everything that I was drinking (I had read somewhere that lemon juice was good for the liver). I was consuming about 9 lemons a week at the time, and I started to notice that my symptoms were going away. I finally had a bowel movement that did not float, which I thought was a miracle, and the horrendous bloated feeling I had had for years finally subsided.

I continue to consume slices of lemons squeezed in everything I drink (primarily beer! ), and I feel completely cured.

I hope that this remedy can help other people who are struggling with chronic Giardia.

Replied by Animal Lover

I just wanted to go back to oregano oil and cats . I can't seem to see any positive experiences anyone had giving oregano oil to their cats for parasites; yet I have heard it works great for dogs. Is it safe to give to cats? Perhaps a few drops in their wet food? I have 6 cats and take care of a seventh stray and they all seem to have contracted tape worms and tapeworm fleas. It is awful. I have a dog as well so I have to treat him too . I find it very stressful to deal with this situation and I have never seen such a flea infestation! I appreciate all advice. Thank you everyone. I love this site!!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Animal Lover,

I have used oregano oil for my dogs - the parasites were micro-organisms and not large ones like tape worms. I think you would have more success by using lamp flea traps in each room, and perhaps using DE in their food and possibly to dust each cat if you cannot give them flea baths. I cannot stress the lamp flea traps enough - I have found them to be super effective in ridding a room of fleas. Tape worms are super hideous to think about but they are mainly an eye sore and are NOT an immediate threat to your cats health. I have no problem using the traditional drugs prescribed by the vet [Praziquantel- find online or even at pet store] to worm cats for tapes; these meds have been used for decades with no ill effect and are also used on humans. If you are determined to go the pharma free route, keep in mind that the natural wormers out there are not risk free and pose dangers of their own, especially if you are not trained in their dosing and use.

I would strongly advise finding a holistic vet if you intend to use any natural remedy on your cats to rid them of their tapes.

Grapefruit Seed Extract for Lice

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Posted by Becky (Reno, Nevada U.S.A.) on 03/08/2009
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I have a litter of Yorkies.They are 4 weeks old.Somehow they got lice.I searched for a week to find something that was safe to use on them.I found your web site it said to use GSE grapefruit seed extract. I put 8 drops in 3 ounces of mild shampoo. Then I soaped them up and wrapped them in a towel making sure they stayed warm. After 5 minutes I rinsed them in warm water and watched the lice go down the drain. After they were dry. I combed the puppies to get the rest of the dead ones off of them. From what I have read I learned nothing kills the eggs. So I will repeat the bath every 6 or 7 days untill I am sure there are no eggs left. What a wonderful web site this is. I was amazed at the results of the GSE. Thank You Thank You Thank You

Replied by Maggie
(Topeka, Ks)

Vinegar will disolve the glue that hold the eggs to your dog's (and people's) hair. I just put a small amount of vinigar in a cup and use a flea comb to comb it through the hair. Sometimes I will still see an egg and can pull it off by running the strand of hair through my finger nails. It is very effective.

Replied by Sarah
(Dallas, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

We had great success using GSE (grapefruit seed extract) for the tapeworms in our cats. One day, my teenage son told me he just put a few drops in the cats' water, and they didn't seem to be able to taste it, and the tapeworm segments stopped coming out of their butts. However, if we stopped putting the GSE in their water, the tapeworms came back--I don't know whether they were getting reinfected by eating new fleas, or if the GSE just kept the tapeworms dormant. Unfortunately, I have a new cat, a short-haired tabby (the others were Maine Coons) that CAN taste the GSE, and she won't drink water that has even a drop. So, I am now looking for a new cure. I'm going to try the tobacco. But if your cat (I don't know if it's safe for dogs--I don't have a dog) will drink GSE, it works great to get rid of tapeworms.

Leishmaniasis Remedies

Posted by Joan (Spain) on 10/16/2014

Does anyone have any advice on natural treatment for a dog with Leashmaniosis?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Joan!

Leashmaniosis is a protazoal infection; protozoa are single celled organisms and in this case parasites inside your dog's organs or colonized on his skin.

Many things *might* apply.

The simplest would be to treat this infection as a yeast infection and treat for candida:

I would pay particular attention to Ted's advice and consider using Borax in your dog's drinking water as one approach.

The other idea I have for you is something I have not used personally, however I have read many good results using these products to eliminate heart worm microfilaria - the product is made by Systemic Formulas and it is from the Bio challenge line; the specific products are VRM1, VRM2, VRM3, and VRM4:

These products may be expensive, and you must work with the company for the exact dose needed of the product as you are entering uncharted waters and have no one that has been in your shoes using this product to advise you. Despite the lack of experience in using this product for leashmaniosis, the principal is the same - parasite on the cellular level - so I do not hesitate in suggesting this remedy.

Please report back with your progress in treating your dog's protazoal infection!


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Posted by Bill (Franklin, Tn) on 08/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

One of our cats was diagnosed with Cytauxzoonosis, which is a parasite and the mortality rate is near 100%. I took the cat to the vet on a Friday and was told that she would not likely make it through the weekend. I brought her home and decided to treat her with MMS. Our cat weighs about 8 lbs. So I knew it wouldn't take much to treat her. I started with 2 drops of MMS and it was a good fight getting her to swallow it but I got it in her. I repeated this every 4 or 5 hours through the weekend. One morning I noticed of puddle of yucky something on the floor that she had vomited. I felt bad for making her sick but I knew it was working. She made it to Monday and her behavior was indicative that she was feeling much better. I continued doing this twice a day for about 5 more days and then stopped. This happened back in April and here it is August and she's doing great.

Replied by King
(Chicago, Illinois)
Replied by Diana
(New York)

Please tell me, what is MMS?

EC: MMS is the acronym for Medical Miracle Supplement.


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Posted by Lisnpac (Monrovia) on 04/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to share my puppy had giardiasis and was on panicur from vet. 3 different times. It never went away. 4th time same drug she got sick I took her off. Decided natural. Oregano leaves. Did not tell vet I took her off the Meds. She was tested and finally clean. I highly suggest anyone battling with this parasite use oregano. You will be so pleased. Believe me after so many treatments and her suffering. Oregano is a miracle.

EC: Hi Lisnpac,

Thank you for your feedback!  Can you please tell us how much dried oregano you used and how many times a day? Also, was this a supplement you bought? Thank you!

Oregano Oil

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Posted by Ginny (Boise, Idaho, United States) on 06/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Oil of Oregano for worms in dogs! I had a 12 year old Australian Shepherd who had a constant cough and would hack up piles of flem. I took him to the regular vet, who said it was just allergies and to put him on Benadryl . That only made him sleepy. I had just heard about Oil of Oregano and bought it in the pill form. I thought if this was some kind of virus, the OO would help. I wrapped the pill in hamburger and gave it to him once a day. 10 days later, I was walking by the window and he was taking a pooh. It was long and stringy so I went out and looked at it and it had worms crawling about. By the next day, (this gets gross) he had worms at the opening of his anus. He was in such discomfort. By the next day, there were more worms, but now they were on the outside of his butt and digging into his skin. I took him to the patio and got the water hose out. I had to put on a plastic glove and try to get them off of him. I sprayed his butt with water and the worms on the outside came off, but he still had them inside, whipping around. I ended up making an enema with DE and water and shot it up his anus. This forced the worms out. He had a few worms coming out for the next few days. I put him on OO for a few more times for about 2 weeks each, but never saw anymore worms. The OO did not help his cough, as I later realized that he was effected by the chem trails. I am pretty happy with the worming he got, as I could not find a natural wormer that worked for dogs. The natural vet wanted 240.00 to worm my 6 dogs, and it was a chemical wormer. Use caution when using OO... more is not better and don't leave them on it for too long.

Pumpkin Seeds

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Posted by Askmeaboutgmos (New York) on 09/18/2015
5 out of 5 stars

A woman that works in rescue recommended purchase Pumpkin Seed Oil to kills worms in your pet. It takes awhile but, it works. My cat, Petie, was a stray and very thin. It took almost a full bottle (4 oz.) of the oil and two months. Dosage for him was 1/2 teaspoon once a day or, 1/4 teaspoon twice a day in wet yummy food. Don't mix it in the food as the cat may not like it and then won't eat the food. Use a dropper and drop droplets here and there on the food. I was busy during this time and mostly only gave Petie the morning dose so it took over two months, but I am telling you, he is worm free. You'd be wise to buy two bottles if you have more than one cat/dog.

In your research you are probably coming across tobacco. In fact, I tried tobacco first after reading the posts here on EC about worms and tobacco.

Here is my opinion about tobacco. Please don't use tobacco, especially standard tobacco because it contains pesticides and herbicides. I did (I used organic tobacco "American Spirit") and my cat turned into a mad cat for days and was attacking the other pets. I felt really bad for doing that to him.

Also, the tobacco will kill a bunch of worms at first and you'll think you got them all but, for whatever reason, the worms keep coming back. I even increased the amount of tobacco. Desperate, I went searching on the net as you are and a lady that runs a rescue told me about pumpkin seed oil. It is not over night but it is safe for your pet and I haven't seen a worm on Petie in months. (One bottle was just enough for Petie, but he was very thin. You might need two bottles if you have a heavier pet.) Make sure you order a 4 oz. dropper to go with the 4 oz. bottle. I ordered mine from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also have other natural items for pets.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Askmeaboutgmos!

Can you tell me if Petie had tape worms or another kind? I am only aware of tape worms being seen *on* a pet so was it tape worms or did you mean seen in the stool?

Also, did you verify with any sort of lab testing to confirm there were no worm eggs in Petie's stool?

I have heard of pumpkin seed ground up in the food for worms but they can be hard to come by - the oil approach seems ideal.

Thank you!


I am finding these comments and advice so helpful, thank you. I have a little cat that I rescued as a street kitten. When he came home he had hookworms. Like every other cat I have had (17 in all) I gave him garlic capsules, and they cleared him. He still has his daily capsule, but the other day I noticed hookworm larvae in his motions again. I was telling a cat loving American friend and he told me his grandmother dosed their animals with tobacco, said the worms came out in loads! Unfortunately he couldn´t remember what type of tobacco, or what kind of dosage. So on Saturday I bought a tiny packet of rolling tobacco, and a tin of catfood, served him a little with a tiny sprinkling of tobacco. I told my friend and he said, be careful, the nicotine can be toxic! If he had said that in the first place I would never have tried it. Now I learn it should be chewing tobacco and it is risky.

The cat hasn´t seemed very well since, has coughed up some white froth, and I don´t know if it has worked; he will not use his tray, prefers to go outside so I rarely see his stools. I have kept him in in the hope he will provide evidence, but nothing so far. On a plus side, he feels "fatter" and his coat is shinier, it had gone very dull, and he was getting boney like he was when I found him.

But I won´t risk tobacco ever again.

I have tried commercial tablets on other cats and they didn´t work.

As for garlic, I have never had any problems with any of my cats, most of whom have lived to ripe old ages. The others died from totally unrelated issues, one was even killed by a vet who didn´t know what he was doing when he tried to neuter her; he swore it was a reaction to the anaesthetic, but I was there when he did it, and was very worried, by his procedures, the time it took, and the fact that he seemed uncertain. A colleague came in, looked and made some remark, that I took to be questioning what he was doing, but he brushed it off. At that time there were no small animal vets around here, it´s a farming área, so they all worked with livestock. I got the distinct impression he had never done this to a female cat before, although he had done her brother and another male with no problems. It´s a little different doing what is basically an external procedure, to full blown surgery with all the attendant risks. Thankfully we have a positive rash of domestic vets now, so I will stick with them in future.

Pumpkin Seeds
Posted by Melissa (Honolulu, HI) on 09/22/2008

Has anyone tried pumpkin seeds because they work to get rid of parasites in Humans.. but could pumpkin seeds be in any way harmful to dogs?

Replied by Ilo3sjw
(Sparks, Nv, Usa)

Very late in replying but in case anyone is reading this of recent, I have read on various websites that it does. In fact, I am trying it out right now. When I get the results I will come back and post.

Replied by Maryland
(Los Angeles, Ca, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

I gave my Mini Schnauzer pumpkin seeds when he was almost about 8 months old, because I noticed his puppy was full of worms. I gave it to him for about 2 weeks, not every day (because I would forget sometimes! ) and it worked. He hasn't had any more worms.

Pumpkin Seeds, Garlic

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Posted by Linnybug719 (Valley Stream, Ny) on 01/21/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I completely rid six cats of giardia with a paste made of ground pumpkin seeds and aged garlic extract. Grind pumpkin seeds in a coffee grinder or processor then take about 1/4 tsp and add a couple of drops to the garlic extra. The extract is aged garlic and will not cause the same problems fresh garlic will. It's perfectly safe. I've never had any issues with any of my cats and I've used it fairly often for medicinal purposes.

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Posted by Cheryl (Centerton, Arknsas) on 09/26/2008

My dogs have whip worms it is the same symptoms as parvo. There is no cure for whip worms but they are not caused by fleas, its by eating, smelling other dog poop that has been infected with them. They cannot be seen by the naked eye only by microscope. The vet told me to clean dog poop everyday and spray my yard with bleach to help keep them from getting infected that is they are in a fenced yard.

EC: Actually, you can get rid of whipworms with the correct medication.

"Whipworm infestation is detectable by stool examination, which can detect eggs and charcot-leyden crystals. Mebendazole is 90% effective in the first dose, and albendazole may also be offered as an anti-parasitic agent."

Replied by Jklisa
(Surrey, Bc)

Do research on colloidal kills & heals almost everything!! I'm using it right now to worm my kitten & by day 2, I am already seeing dead worms in her poo.

I am sure that she has hookworms, as her poo's were bloody. I mentioned this to her breeder that I thought she had worms cuz she had an inflated belly & a very vile bowel movement, the first day I had her. The breeder said nothing.

Then a week later, I saw blood in her stools & mentioned this to the breeder & the breeder then said... Oh yeah, that the kittens all had bloody stools when they were born....gawsh!! Some people!!

I have read of people being very successful when using colloidal silver on their pets for worms & lots of other ailments. Works great on people too.

Good luck & all the best.

Replied by Maryannw
(Brick, Nj / Us)

Can you please state how much you used? I just started Colloidal silver today on my dog who has been suffering with months of chronic diarrhea and lost alot of weight. I gave her the children's dose on the bottle - squirted it straight into her mouth? BTW- she weighs 37#

(South Carolina)

Have you tried giving your dog pumpkin puree (not pie filling) mixed w/white rice for the diarrhea. I tried on my dogs & cats & it worked great. Actually, that's what the site called for, I couldn't find the pumpkin so I substituted sweet potatoes drained, rinsed & mashed mixed w/1 cup of rice. hope this helps.

Replied by Be
(South Rockwood, Michigan)
1 out of 5 stars


I have to give a huge warning about colloidal silver. Long term exposure to a living animal or person will eventually cause them to turn gray as the silver permeates throughout the system and DOES NOT get removed from your tissues. Long term prognosis is not good. I am very open to alternative remedies ie most of these such as tobacco, DE and OO have been around for years and similar to many things we eat, can be marginally poisonous. More is not better. Colloidal silver does work but at a great cost to the patient. Look up Argyria before you use this for anything!!!

Replied by Anne
(Spring Hill, Florida, U.s.a.)

PLEASE... Do your research before "warning" people about something as incredible as Colloidal Silver. There is only ONE documented case of agyria and that guy had to be drinking buckets of it at a time - or very high in ppm (particles per million). It was also found that people who were given it interveneously were prone to discoloration. And... By the way... It's certainly NOT dangerous. There are no documented deaths from using Colloidal Silver.

Tapeworm Remedies

Posted by Slorff (Abbot, Maine) on 03/31/2014

Do you know any products that get rid of tapeworms in cats?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Slorff!

There are many OTC wormers that contain the effective ingredient Proziquantel/Droncit in them. You should be able to buy "TradeWinds Tape Worm Tabs Cat Tablets" at any pet supply store - these are cheaper than a vet visit and are effective usually requiring only one treatment.

If you wish to go the herbal route consider VMR1 [], and also slippery elm tea, as well as worm wood and black walnut; dosages for these products would be listed on the bottle and you would need to calculate based on the weight of your pet.