Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs; Is It A Safe Remedy For Fleas Or Worms?
There are many opinions on whether or not diatomaceous earth is safe for flea control. Some say it’s dangerous because it kills fleas, but some say its harmless because they don’t have any idea what kind of bacteria or parasites might be killed off. So here we will share with you all the facts. Diatomaceous earth is used to kill fleas and other insects that infest your home. It is made up of tiny shells from microscopic algae called diatoms. These shell fragments are mixed together in a special way so they form a powdery substance which when applied to the skin, makes it very difficult for fleas to get at their food source. Diatomaceous earth is commonly known as “D” or “dime.” It is available in different strengths, depending upon the amount of dust needed to cover your pet’s body. Most veterinarians recommend using one teaspoon per pound of dog body weight. You can buy diatomaceous earth online, but it may be expensive. If you want to save money, you could make your own! All you have to do is mix table salt with regular flour until it forms a paste. Let the paste dry out and then grind it into a powder. Diatomaceous earth kills fleas by getting into their exoskeletons and drying them out. The fine dust works its way into the cracks and crevices of a flea’s hard shell, making it difficult for it to retain moisture. As a result, the flea will eventually die of dehydration. Diatomaceous earth is safe for most mammals, but it may cause problems for people with respiratory issues or allergies. Even with these risks, diatomaceous earth is still considered very safe as far as insecticides go. In fact, it’s more likely to cause problems for your pet if he eats it. Cats and rabbits are especially susceptible to this! In any case, it’s best to keep it away from your pet’s eyes, nose, and mouth. All in all, Diatomaceous earth is a safe alternative to potentially harmful insecticides like pyrethrin. It’s cheap, easy to apply, and can provide long-lasting protection against fleas and other insects that may infest your home or garden.
Make sure that you are treating your pet for fleas with a product that is designed for this purpose. There are many products that claim to kill fleas but these products may also be killing the good bacteria in your pets digestive tract and this could lead to more problems in the long term.
If you have more than one pet in your home these products could be causing a build up of bad bacteria in their digestive systems which can lead to illness or death.Do not use D.E. to treat your pet if they are suffering from diarrhea or any other digestive issues.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying D.E.
to your pet.
Wear protective gloves when you are mixing the D.E.
powder and water solution because it can cause skin irritation.
Make sure that you store the dry D.E.
powder in a sealed container and keep it away from children and pets.
Sources & references used in this article:
Therapy, control and prevention of flea allergy dermatitis in dogs and cats by DN Carlotti, DE Jacobs – Veterinary Dermatology, 2000 – Wiley Online Library
Efficacy of diatomaceous earth at reducing populations of nest-dwelling ectoparasites in Tree Swallows by RD Dawson – Journal of Field Ornithology, 2004 – BioOne
Controlling Fleas by ME Merchant, JV Robinson – Texas FARMER Collection, 2006 – oaktrust.library.tamu.edu
Insect eradication by JJ Chaudoin, MR Linford – US Patent 4,958,456, 1990 – Google Patents
Flea Control: Safe Solutions by PO an’Unwelcome’Mat – schlossfelsenkennels.com
ANIMALS ARE NOT OURS by PO an’Unwelcome’Mat – drgreengood.com