DE for tapeworms in cats and dog

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  1. woadleaf

    woadleaf Well-Known Member

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    How do you know when it's done the job?

    I'm on the forth week of feeding 2 tsp each/daily to the cats and 2 Tbsp daily to the dog. I'm still seeing the occasional segment, is this normal? Should they be clean by the end of this week as I've been led to believe?
     
  2. cajunmeadows

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    I do not know about cats but I have used on my dogs for years Happy Jack tape wormer. It is the best I have come across and pretty cheap.
     

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    I thought tapeworms were the only worms that DE wasn't effective on. Now I'm going to have to go investigate...
     
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    DE has NEVER been SCIENTIFICALLY proven to have ANY effect on internal parasites.
    Its ONLY proven effective use is as an INSECTCIDE, and it ONLY works if dry.
     
  5. woadleaf

    woadleaf Well-Known Member

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    well, poo! (literally!)

    I thought I was making some progress. I started because of seeing one segment from one cat. Her belly has gone from very slightly bloated to perfectly soft since starting feeding the DE. I was seeing so many testimonies to the effectiveness of DE taken internally for worms from people here, I thought I'd give it a try. I googled the dosage.

    Vermicide for tapeworm in felines are only available from vets.
     
  6. mammabooh

    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    Just because it has never been scientifically proven doesn't mean it doesn't work. Lots of things haven't been proven scientifically or medically and work perfectly fine. I do believe I have read from the experienced DE folks, though, that it isn't effective on tapeworms. Lots of other worms, but not tapes.
     
  7. Ross

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    I'm with Bearfoot on this one. We tried it and it was worse than useless. I've never seen much evidense it works and some that said it didn't. Here's a quote from a McGill University on DE (McGill is one of Canada\s better universities)
    Here's the site it has some interesting biological wormers and info.
    http://eap.mcgill.ca/agrobio/ab370-04e.htm
     
  8. GoldenMom

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    There are now over the counter tapeworm meds (praziquantel) available for both dogs and cats! You can get them at pretty much any of the on-line pet supply places.
     
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    Praziquantel and Febendazole (safeguard) both work well.
    The dog dosage for Safeguard is 1 ML per 5 lbs , (using the 10% solution),
    given three consecutive days
     
  10. woadleaf

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    Not in my province, I'm afraid - too much fear of improper dosing? I can't buy dewormer for cats anywhere but vet's office. I CAN however buy it online, which is exactly what I'm doing right now!
     
  11. kabri

    kabri Almst livin the good life

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    Bearfoot, are you using horse safeguard then? We have 5 dogs, a rescue we brought in last year infected everyone with hook worm, and the cost of the dog powdered safeguard is outrageous. I cannot use ivermec with the dogs because they are all australian shepherds. I've noticed that the dog safeguard is 22% while the horse version must be the 10%? Thanks!