Many dogs and cats have a mild parasite infestation and show no symptoms. Most puppies and kittens will be infested, as they have undeveloped immune systems and gastrointestinal systems. Animals can become infested by eating feces, ingesting fleas, coming in contact with dead animals or eating contaminated food. Common symptoms can include:
- Weight loss
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Scratching, particularly around the base of the tail
- Mild to severe coughing
- Eating a great deal without putting on weight
- Bad breath
Animals with roundworm may appear to have a pot belly. Hookworm may cause anemia. If you are seeing worms in your dog's or cats’ stools, fur or bedding, then you are likely seeing tapeworms. If your companion has tapeworm, you must first make sure there are no more fleas in the environment (home/yard) before administering de-worming remedies or medications so that they do not become re-infested with tapeworm (see our article, The Natural Approach to Flea Control). For worms other than tapeworm, accurate diagnosis to determine the type of worm your animal has requires taking a stool sample to a veterinarian for analysis.
We carry a number of natural remedies for expelling worms. Only Natural Pet Para-Gone is an herbal formula and the HomeoPet Wrm Clear is a homeopathic combination remedy. Both remedies require consistent dosing 3 times per day for 10 to 14 days. We do not recommend giving both remedies concurrently, but you can give one and then follow with the other if need be.
It can take 3 days or more for the worms to begin to be eliminated, depending on the overall health of the animal and whether or not the animal is constipated. The worms will pass out of the animal’s system in their stools. If the animal is constipated, a laxative herb such as Only Natural Pet Laxa-Herb is recommended to aid digestion and elimination since constipation will hinder the de-worming process.
The effectiveness of Para-Gone and Wrm Clear, as with ANY herbal or natural remedy, will vary with the health of the animal. A healthier animal being fed a high-quality diet will respond better than an ailing animal on a poor quality diet, (see What You Need to Know About Your Pet's Food). The animal’s system needs support in healing from within. The Para-Gone and Wrm Clear will only eliminate the worms currently in the system – the SOURCE of the worms must be eliminated also – i.e.. Fleas, eating feces, etc., or the animal will be continually re-infested.
For a more detailed discussion of worm infestation and information on heartworm prevention, please read our article, Intestinal Worms and Heartworm. If after using natural remedies to eliminate parasites you are still seeing problems, consult a veterinarian.