How to tell if my dog has intestinal parasites?

my dog has intestinal parasites

Having a pet means having the chance to be bathed all the time in unconditional love, presence and natural joy. But it also requires a certain number of precautions to protect the animal’s health, as well as yours and your children’s. Focus on worms and intestinal parasites which are quite frequent in dogs and cats too.


How to detect the presence of intestinal worms?

There are general symptoms, such as weakening, loss of appetite or fatigue: the dog is not as playful as before, he is always withdrawn in a corner. But there is a sign that does not deceive, it is when the dog regularly rubs its anus on the floor, carpets, or licks it too frequently. You can also look directly at your dog’s or cat’s stool, and you will probably find intestinal worms that are quite visible.

Is it dangerous?

It depends on the nature of the worms or intestinal parasites, but most of the time they are not very bad. The problem is that they are easily transmitted to humans, through skin contact, the hand that can be brought to the mouth in an unconscious movement. The larvae and eggs will then be transported to the intestines of humans to proliferate and cause health problems more or less serious.

The same symptom should alert you… namely itching in the anus. This often starts in the evening, sometimes an hour or two after bedtime.

The child (or the adult) is obliged to get up to go to the toilet. The females come out of the intestines and rectum to lay their eggs in the anus, but they only do so in the evening. The males never venture outside.

What to do in case of Infection?

If you have detected this symptom in one of your family members, then the first step is to perform a stool analysis, which is very simple to do in a laboratory. You will then be able to determine the nature of the worm or parasite that may be present in your intestines. Pinworms are the most frequent and the least dangerous, roundworms are also frequent and are transmitted quite rapidly from dogs to humans. The clinical picture of the symptoms can be very general and not at all related to the presence of intestinal parasites. In addition to abdominal pain, digestive disorders (constipation or diarrhea), there is often a recurring headache, dry cough, irritation or nervousness, as well as itching in different parts of the body. In any case, the harmfulness of intestinal parasites should not be overlooked or underestimated.

It is necessary to treat your pets without delay, and protect the family members at the same time. There are many natural ways to protect yourself, but these should not exclude the use of synthetic drugs to get rid of worms immediately. Medicines are very effective in the short term to kill adult worms and parasites, but in most cases, they do not kill the larvae and do not eliminate the eggs. The eggs will hatch in a cycle that can go from a few weeks to several months depending on the type of parasite. This is why daily hand hygiene is very important, especially before and after preparing the dog or cat’s meal, and also before cooking.

Effective natural solutions

Among the most powerful natural dewormers is garlic. If you can’t eat it raw, consider adding it regularly to your cooking, especially to soup.

You can also add it to your pet’s food, in very small quantities of course.

A grandmother’s trick is to infuse a few cloves of garlic in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, drink this water on an empty stomach and then eat breakfast an hour or two later, while the active ingredients of the garlic clean your intestine and colon. Clove is also very interesting for its antiseptic properties, we advise you to add it regularly to your infusions, fresh juices or to your cooking. The essential oil of clove or cinnamon is very powerful to eliminate intestinal worms as well as larvae and eggs. There is also thyme essential oil, and the essential oil of tea tree (teatree), a widely used anti-infectious and anti-parasitic. There is also white mugwort, which is not necessarily well tolerated by everyone, but which is reputed to be the most powerful natural anti-parasite. Be careful, you have to start with just one drop of this essential oil because it can really not be tolerated, especially if you are not used to taking essential oils.

“The essential oil of clove or cinnamon is very powerful to eliminate intestinal worms as well as the larvae and eggs.

Clay: a natural remedy for all ailments

Clay appears in all naturopathy books as a natural remedy for countless health problems. It is for example very interesting to fight against all kinds of intestinal parasites. To do this, you need to mix a teaspoon of green clay, preferably, if not red or white clay, in a large glass of water and let it sit overnight. You will drink this water early in the morning before having breakfast. The most reckless go so far as to consume the clay directly, but beware that this can cause acute constipation. Indeed, clay works like a magnet that will attract to itself all the bacteria, all the intestinal worms and the pathogens that can circulate and live in the intestines. And this can cause a more or less acute, but temporary constipation. You can also add a little bit of clay to your dog’s water, it will work in the same way to eliminate all the little unwanted creatures.