Parasite and Worm Remedies

Tick-Borne Diseases

1 User Review
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Posted by Lina (Chicago, Illinois) on 11/05/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Erichliosis/lymph nodes

I tried the epsom salts, with 1 pint of h202 for the bath. The epsom salts had spearamint in them. It was the first time in 3 days my dog has been able to lay on her side, and sleep, without so much respiratory distress. The bath was hard, I feel buzzed from the oxygen on my arms, I can't believe what's it's done for my dog this evening. She hadn't eaten all day, and then ate, just now. We've been doing the castor packs for some time. I just tried the ACV tonite. I am also going to try POKE and American Mandrake Root tinctures, 1 drop each. She's also on Cat's Claw, Una da gato, only, and also Gravizon, and ning xa and essiac herbal remedy. Keep your thumbs up, if my dog wants to live, then I'm going to find a way to make it happen for her. She's only 8.


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Posted by Askmeaboutgmos (New York) on 09/19/2015
1 out of 5 stars


I used the tobacco method for six weeks. Tobacco killed the worms initially but, the worms kept coming back. Please do not use this method as it will turn your pet into a mad dog/cat. Also, standard tobacco is highly sprayed with poison. I used organic tobacco, "American Spirit" the yellow box which is a mild tobacco like a Marlboro. (Yes, I used to smoke it too but I have since quit.) Pumpkin Seed oil worked for my cat. Please see my detailed review for pumpkin seed oil that includes how much I used and where to buy it. Please do not be tempted to use tobacco on your pet.

Replied by Christi
(Collinsville Tx)

I noticed that you wrote to give the animal Diatomaceous Earth (DE)... I went to a website that I read about to buy the stuff and on the website it specifically said will not sell to the state of TX... Is there a reason Texas can't buy the stuff?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Christi!

DE is available in many, many places in the state of Texas. The restrictions on sale apply to how the product is labeled. The EPA requires that in order to make claims that Diatomaceous Earth kills insects, it has to be labeled with an approved EPA label. So if a dog treat includes DE in its ingredients and boasts that it also is effective on removing parasites, it must have the EPA label that proves the product met EPA specifications; if the product does not bear the EPA label then it cannot be sold as a dog treat that removes parasites in the state of Texas.

This site has DE in varying sized bags some of which can be sold to the state of Texas and some that cannot because it does not bear the EPA label:

Just google "diatomaceous earth Texas" - and you should have no problem finding DE in the state of Texas.

Posted by Sleepingbeauty (Philadelphia, Pa) on 06/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

One week ago, I saw worms in my dog's stool and found this site. I immediately got a few cigarrettes and gave him a little more than half with his food. He's a Cocker Spaniel weighing about 35 lbs.. The next day I saw worms but they seemed like they were dead. After that I saw no more.

Yesterday, I took him to th vet with a stool sample from a bowel movement he made very early yesterday morning. I saw nothing and the vet's office said the sample was totally clear.

My husband told the vet that I used tobacco, and of course he said he never, ever heard of this, and he said that there could be eggs remaining up in the intestinal tract.

Sure enough, this morning, I saw live worms again.

I'm feeling confident about the tobacco, though. My instinct was to follow the first dose with a second dose to kill anything that might have remained to be hatched. I don't want to overdose him on tobacco, but he showed no adverse effects at all to what I gave him before. I even gave it to my cats just in case they were infected, too.

In addition, my dog has never had worms in 13 years. My husband suspected that he may have gotten them from being at a friends home just a few weeks prior. This house has four dogs and a cat. When he is with them, he is outside much longer as they stay in their yard more. We don't leave our dog out very long. With our friend, all our dogs are exposed for a much longer time to each other's fecal matter that remains in the backyard and the other outdoor variables that contribute to parasites.

It's very, very possible that the tobacco did the job the first time, and that he was reinfected when we took him over there again just this past weekend.

I will add an update in a week or so, but I believe the tobacco is effective!

Replied by Nh Gardener
(Sanbornton, Nh, Usa)

For Sleepingbeauty from Philadelphia for worms in dogs--Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is the safest and most effective wormer--no danger of overdosing. Add 1 tsp. Daily to raw apple cider vinegar-dampened food; increase gradually to 1 -2 tsps. 2X/day. DE is inexpensive. Check internet for sources and for pet testinmonials.

Replied by Tea

Tobacco is a age old practice for worms. I'm in my 50s, growing up even on the farm everyone animals n humans ate some tobacco on a monthly basis and any new animals coming in got it too. Does not hurt you, just repels the worms. Clean up good and wash hands well. We always buried the waste after worming and added a little lime with it to dispose of it.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Tea!

What kind of tobacco did you use? How much did you eat - tablespoon or pinch or ??

I imagine that it was not the commercial product but a home grown one. When I last researched using tobacco for worming pets I the stories I found talked about the tobacco killing just as many puppies as it cured - so very curious as to what kind you ate and how much.

Replied by Mary
(Silver City, Nc)

What are the side effects of giving my puppy a little bit of tobacco to de-worm him?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Mary!

Side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Incoordination
  • Tremors
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Death


Replied by Lesley

Wild Wolf Creek Ranch, I think that is what it is called. They have DE in bulk. Lots of information in this website.

Replied by Delilah K.
(Tulsa Ok)
1 out of 5 stars


Please don't give an animal tobacco products. Yes it will initially kill worms in varying stages of developement but it obviously doesn't kill the eggs. Tobacco is very toxic and chemicals are used on it during processing. You could kill your beloved pet!! Please research safe alternative methods, better yet stick with the vet.

Whipworm Remedies

Posted by Janetnicks (Kalamazoo, MI) on 02/09/2014

Do you know how to get rid of whipworms?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Janetnicks!

"Wormwood" is reputed to be the most effective herbal remedy for whipworms. In researching possible doses I kept finding cautions about how dangerous this particular remedy is, and all the other research only yielded websites with various combined tinctures offered for sale.

I will add, there has been little well done research on natural alternative pet wormers. Herbal websites I have researched, along with advice from my own holistic vet, and from my own trials and errors in dealing with using natural wormers winds down to this: the most effective way to get rid of whipworms in a dog is Fenbendazole/Pancur from your vet.

Because of the long maturation cycle of young worms, a second deworming some 75 days or so after the first deworming is needed to fully clear the infection (easy to forget). Often another deworming in between these doses is recommended to further control the whipworm numbers.

Soil contaminated by whipworm eggs is contaminated for years. It is virutally impossible to remove the eggs from the soil or kill them. If you have heavy soil contamination you may wish to remove the contaminated soil to a depth of 3 feet and replace with clean soil, or adopt a quarterly or twice yearly worming protocol to keep your pet free of worms.


Posted by Zengirl (Fredericksburg, Va) on 08/31/2011

my dog has whipworms. I am going to try blackwalnut with clove and wormwood. I am also going to give him a clove of garlic 3 times a day. Can anyone give me dosing for my dog. he is 120 pounds.

on an off note I had 3 dogs that got kennel cough all at once. Garlic 3 times a day and it was gone within a week. just wanted to share that garlic does cure kennel cough.

thanks for any information you can provide.

Replied by Teriinttown
(Tacoma, Wa)

I gave my dog black walnut for several weeks and it didn't seem to clear the worms. A guy at the dog park told me to use Apple Cider vinegar. It cleared it right up.... Is there nothing that ACV doesn't fix?

My dog is 80 lbs, and I used a Tablespoon of ACV in her food twice a day for about 4 days and the worms are gone. It seemed like a lot, but she seemed to suffer no digestive issues from the ACV. You can adjust the dosage for your dog's weight.

It does need to be said that my dog really likes to eat, but just to make sure she ate it I mixed it with a gourmet moist food...