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Before you cry, “No, never! Not my furry little friend,” please consider the official statement by Veterinary Medical Officer Dr. Linda Wilmot, D.V.M., of the United States Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in Washington, DC:
“More than 90 percent of puppies are born with worms. Mother dogs can pass worms to their puppies before birth and both dogs and cats can pass it to their offspring through their milk after birth.”
Again you protest, “But I had my dog (or cat) de-wormed by my vet! There’s no problem anymore… right? And besides, I don’t see any worms.”
Well, not so fast. Veterinarians readily agree that…
Worms can return within days or weeks after a medical de-worming procedure, almost as if they had never left
Some internal worms can grow up to several feet in length, while some can barely be seen by the naked eye, and others remain microscopic
Many pets manage to tolerate internal parasites, showing few outward symptoms of dog worms or cat worms, all the while being slowly ravaged inside by these insidious invaders
The problem doesn’t just go away. It only multiplies with time because internal worms can shed up to 100,000 or more eggs per day inside your pet’s system
So in spite of the fact that you are a
responsible pet lover,
the odds of your dog or cat having worms are extremely high…
whether you know it or not! And yes, it’s a dirty job,
but we have to deal with it!
a dull coat
loss of appetite
loss of weight
development of a pot belly
(especially in puppies)
low energy level
“butt scooting” along the carpet
Keep in mind that any time your dog or cat undergoes a sudden change in personality, something is very much awry. You may ask your veterinarian to perform a stool test if you see symptoms of dog worms or cat worms. If the test comes back positive, however, you may elect to use an all-natural remedy (more about this later) instead of conventional toxic pesticides.
If the condition is left untreated, your dog or cat may develop signs of a weakened immune system including chronic fatigue, listlessness, signs of premature aging, and possible early death.
Roundworm infections are zoonotic (pronounced zoe-oh-NOT-ick) diseases, meaning that they are animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans. While direct contact with infected dogs and cats increases a person's risk for roundworm infection, most infections come from accidentally eating the worm larvae or from larvae that enter through the skin.
Parasitic roundworms can live on or in dogs, cats and humans where they can cause a variety of health problems. Most parasitic roundworm eggs or larvae are found in the soil and enter the body when transferred to the mouth. The eggs or larvae also can enter an animal or human body directly through the skin. symptoms of dog worms 4
With the exception of the parasitic roundworm that causes trichinosis, mature
adult roundworms eventually end up or live in animal and human intestines and
cause infection and disease. In trichinosis, it is the movement of the larvae
through the body from the intestines and their encystment (becoming enclosed in
a capsule) in muscle tissue that create serious problems.
Hookworm infection begins when the worm is in the larval stage. Penetrating the skin and migrating during its life cycle through the liver and the lungs, it finally attaches itself to the mucosa of the small intestine where it matures. Hookworms deplete the body of nutrients causing, among other ailments, severe chronic iron-deficiency anemia. symptoms of dog worms 5
The adult worm attaches itself to the mucosal tissue lining the small intestine, where the female may produce several thousands eggs a day, which are passed in the feces. If the fecal matter reaches suitable soil, the eggs are hatched and the infective, threadlike larvae may penetrate human skin (usually through the foot) by way of the sweat glands and hair follicles. They then invade the lymph and blood vessels, reach the lungs, and pass up the respiratory tree to reach the mouth, where they are swallowed and sent to the small intestine. There they mature and start a new reproductive cycle. These intestinal parasites may live up to 10 years. symptoms of dog worms 6
Symptoms of hookworm disease ordinarily begin with ground itch, an itchy skin
irritation caused by the larvae when they penetrate the skin and marked by
papules and vesicles that are often located between the toes. In passing through
the lungs, the larvae may produce coughing and fever. In the intestine, the
mature worm sustains its life by sucking blood. Persistent feeding by many worms
over many years results in secondary anemia. symptoms of dog
Pinworms infest over 200 million people worldwide, with 30 to 40 million living in the United States. The number of dogs and cats infested with pinworms is beyond calculation.
This worm is found in both warm and cold climates and neither rich nor poor economic groups are immune to infection. Pinworms are commonly found in crowded institutions such as day-care centers, schools, hospitals and kennels. They are most prevalent in dogs and children. They are tiny, 2-13 millimeters, and ivory or pearly-white in color. Eighty percent of children between 2 and 10 years of age contract pinworms at some time, often from pets. symptoms of dog worms 8
Adult pinworms inhabit the cecum and other portions of the large and small intestines. Female worms crawl down the intestines and pass out of the anus to lay their eggs around the anal region at night. Occasionally, they can be found on the first stool in the morning. One female can deposit over 15,000 eggs that become infective immediately or within a few hours.
This common occurring worm is acquired through contaminated food, water, and house dust, as well as pet-to-human and human-to-human contact. The crawling of the female worm on the skin around the anal area often produces intense itching causing a person to scratch there, getting the eggs on the hands. Without washing, the hands touch the mouth. The eggs are then swallowed and hatch in the lower colon where the worms mate, and the cycle continues. Dogs may be seen “butt-scooting” due to this condition. symptoms of dog worms 9
Complications are much more common in women than in men. This stems from the fact that the female worm, after depositing her eggs, loses her way while trying to return to the colon. She enters the vagina instead, traveling up the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Itching around the anal or vaginal areas are the most common pinworm symptoms. Suspect a pinworm infection if your child shows night time itching in these areas.
Symptoms in humans also include poor appetite, teeth grinding, hyperactivity,
nervousness, irritability, insomnia, bed wetting, stomach aches, nausea and
vomiting. Sometimes the anal area becomes infected with bacteria because of the
constant scratching. Pinworms are also often found within the appendix and have
been associated with acute and chronic inflammation.
Tapeworms commonly found in pets include the dwarf tapeworm, which grows to 1.5 inches long at maturity. Dwarf tapeworm infections occur worldwide, but are most prevalent in the southern United States. Children are frequently infected, and infections in the same family are a common occurrence.
The dwarf tapeworm does not need an intermediate host, but only one mammal to host its entire life cycle. The head is small with a single ring of small hooks and four cup-shaped suckers. symptoms of dog worms 10
The dwarf tapeworm can infect pets and humans when the eggs are ingested from contaminated food or water, or when infected food handlers pass this parasite to others. The eggs also develop in grain beetles and many other insects, infecting the grains that they eat. When dogs eat these grains (which many commercial dog foods are made of), they are also eating the parasite.
Most human infections result from pet-to-human and human-to-human contact through the fecal-oral route. It is possible to be self-infected with this parasite when the eggs pass out in the stool, depending upon a person's hygiene habits. symptoms of dog worms 11
Mild infections are usually without symptoms, but if enough worms are
present, symptoms can include diarrhea, itching, abdominal pain, headaches, and
other vague digestive complaints. If the infection is severe, the symptoms may
include weakness, weight and appetite loss, insomnia, abdominal pain with or
without diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, allergies, nervous disturbances, and
Whipworm infection may go completely unnoticed until passed in the feces or, on occasion, found crawling up the animal’s or human’s throat and trying to exit through the mouth or nose.
Infection with numerous worms may result in a pneumonitis during the migratory phase. Larvae that have hatched from the ingested eggs in the lumen of the small intestine penetrate into the tissues and reach the lungs by way of the lymph and blood systems. In the lungs, the larvae break out of the pulmonary capillaries into the air sacs, ascend into the throat and descend to the small intestine again where they grow, becoming as large as 31 by 4 centimeters. symptoms of dog worms 12
Digestive tract discomfort sometimes accompanies this intestinal infection. Small children with more than a few worms may suffer intestinal blockage because of the worms’ large size.
Not all larval or adult whipworms remain in the area of the body that best
suits their growth and development. Many wander to diverse sites throughout the
body and cause complications. The larvae of ascarid species that mature in hosts
other than humans may hatch in the human intestine and are especially prone to
wander. They may penetrate into tissues and relocate in various organ systems of
the human body, eliciting fever and varied complications. Such symptoms of dog
worms and cat worms may go unnoticed. symptoms of dog worms
How absurd is it for us to force our puppies, kittens, dogs and cats to ingest harmful pesticides – totally un-natural toxins with sometimes fatal results – just to kill the worms?
Isn’t this a case of the cure being worse than the condition? With shorter life spans and smaller organ systems than humans, pets are far more limited in their physical ability to deal with toxins. symptoms of dog worms 14
According to laboratory test results of animal studies obtained by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (data on file in Washington, DC), dogs and cats can suffer negative health effects by inhaling, ingesting or absorbing pesticides through the skin. These effects include:
Central nervous system disturbances
Accumulation of brain and spinal cord fluid
Lack of coordination
Excessive saliva and tears
Urgency to urinate
There are a number of viable, natural herbs that have been used for millennia to kill worms and internal parasites without harming anything else. When used in proper combination, these herbs serve up a lethal cocktail for roundworms and heartworms, hookworms, pinworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and dozens of other internal parasites. symptoms of dog worms 15
Yes, there are several herbal wormers on the market these days, but many are toxic to the super-sensitive physiology of dogs and cats. symptoms of dog worms 16
One such product, for example, uses Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum) as its primary active ingredient. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Artemisia absinthum (Wormwood) is associated with “neurological symptoms, characterized by numbness of legs and arms, loss of intellect, delirium, and paralysis.”
Wouldn’t this “cure” be something like throwing the baby out with the bathwater? symptoms of dog worms
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Gentian is an herb found in the highest pastures of the Alps and the Himalayas. The roots take 7 to 10 growing seasons to mature.
The botanical name Gentiana is derived from Gentius, king of ancient Illyria (180-167 BC), who discovered its therapeutic values. symptoms of dog worms 18
The herb has been used in European herbal medicine throughout the 2200 years since its discovery. Gentian is one of the most powerful yet safe dog and cat worm and internal parasite remedies known.
Neem Leaf. Also known as- Azadirachta indica, Margosa, Nimba, Sarva Roga, and Nivarini.
Long known in Ayurdevic medicine in India, modern research has confirmed the traditional uses of the neem tree in Indian folk medicine. Its many properties and uses give neem the reputation as Friend and Protector in Indian villages. It is used to fight infection, both bacterial and viral, to kill worms and internal parasites, and to treat diarrhea, fever, burns, urinary disorders, skin diseases and inflammatory conditions.
An evergreen tree that is remarkably tolerant of both heat and drought, the neem can grow up to twenty feet in three years. It has pesticide, germicide and medicinal properties, is resistant to termites and is often used in reforestation efforts.
Cloves. Also known as- Syzygium aromaticum and Eugenia aromaticum.
The aromatic flowers and oil of clove has been used for culinary and medicinal uses for centuries. What we know as cloves are actually the dried buds of an evergreen native to the tropics. Over the course of centuries, cloves have been used to alleviate pain, prevent and treat bacterial infection, ease toothaches, treat worms and internal parasites, and relieve congestion.
Long before they were used to flavor apple pie, cloves were used to sweeten bad breath and settle upset stomachs. Clove is the active ingredient in many over the counter toothache remedies because it has both anesthetic and antiseptic properties.
Papaya Leaf. Also known as- Carica papaya, Custard Apple Leaf.
The papaya is a small tropical tree with a straight stem marked by scars where leaves have fallen directly from it. Papayas do not have branches.
The primary use of papaya leaf in herbal medicine today is as a vermifuge,
that is, to remove intestinal worms. Papaya leaf has less of the
protein-dissolving papain than the fruit, so it is less likely to
"dissolve" the worms. But it contains tannins that the fruit does not.
These tannins protect the intestine from reinfection by "tanning"
proteins in the lining of the intestinal wall so that worms cannot attach
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So control of fleas is very much tied to the management and prevention of internal parasites... and vise versa.
During a flea infestation, your pet can become re-infected with worms (especially tapeworms) in as little as two weeks.
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CATS: Small cats and kittens: 1/2 dropper twice daily
Adult cats: 1 dropper twice daily (Dropper must be
inserted into cat's mouth and discharged)
Continue for 10 days to two weeks. Repeat when necessary.
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What is happening to the energy, vitality and life-giving nutrients your dog or cat desperately needs to support optimum good health? Is it being robbed? symptoms of dog worms 19
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