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Intestinal Worms And How To Treat Them Naturally

Have you ever gone to pick up your dog’s poop and noticed something wiggling around in there? While worms can look like something out of a horror movie, they are fairly commonplace among dogs. Dogs often get worms from eating infected feces, soil, water or carrion. Puppies can get worms from their mother as worms can penetrate the uterus to unborn puppies or can be spread through the mother’s milk. Not only are worms gross, they can also cause harm to your pet and therefore must be treated quickly. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to rid your dog of worms!

 

TYPES OF WORMS:

Roundworms: There are two species of roundworms that commonly affect dogs: Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonine. They are long, white and spaghetti-like and absorb nutrients from the infected dog. These worms are visible in your dog’s poop. They initially infect the intestinal tract and then bury their way into other organs and tissues. Eventually, Toxocara canis make their way into the lungs and then airways where they are coughed up and swallowed again, re-entering the intestine to complete their life cycle.

Hookworms: Are short, blood sucking parasites with teeth. They can be fatal in puppies due to the amount of nutrients they strip from the dog. Hookworms have a similar lifecycle to Toxocara canis roundworm, moving throughout the body, to the lungs before re-entering the GI tract. These are not visible in your dog’s stool.

Whipworms: Live in the large intestines and attach to the colon walls to feed on your dog’s blood. These worms are not visible in the stool unless they are passed in a clump. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss. Your dog can get whipworms from swallowing eggs in soil, water or other places that may contain dog feces.

Tapeworms: Live in the small intestine, attaching to the wall with its tiny six rows of teeth to absorb nutrients of food. They are flat and can be as long as a half foot or more. When excreted, the worm usually splits into small fragments and presents as small grains of rice in the stool. Your dog can get tapeworms from licking fleas off themselves or from eating infected animal carcasses or meat.

 

SYMPTOMS:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Cough (hookworm and roundworm infections)

 

While roundworms and tapeworms are visible in the stool, hookworms and whipworms are not. Therefore if your dog has any of the symptoms above, whether or not they present with worms in the stool, they should have a fecal test done.

 

Fun Fact: If you need to get a fecal test done to confirm the presence of worms, try to do it around a full moon. This is when parasites shed their eggs the most.

 

PREVENTION & TREATMENT:

Fed a fresh, whole food diet: Kibble fed dogs are more susceptible to worms because worms enjoy eating the starch and sugar found in kibble. 

 

Fermented veggies, coconut or milk kefir: Fermented food lowers the acidity of your dog’s body making it an unfavorable environment for worms.

 

Pumpkin seeds: The grit and fibre help move the worms out of the GI tract. Grind seeds before feeding.

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Fresh vegetables: Grated carrots, watercress, greens, squash, fennel, cucumber. The fibre contained in these veggies helps move the worms out of the GI tract.  

 

Pineapple: Contains bromelain, an enzyme that digests proteins. (include the stems)

 

Papaya: Contains papain, another enzyme to treat worms.

 

Pomegranate: Treats tapeworms.

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: Creates a more acidic environment that’s less hospitable for parasites. 

Olie Naturals Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil: Facilitate removing the worms from the digestive system.

 

 

Bone Broth: Promotes digestive health and boosts the immune system. Especially effective around the full moon when parasites shed their eggs most.

Food is an effective and much safer method to naturally treat worms in your dog as opposed to using toxic, conventional deworming drugs.

Cannabis And Your Pets

Marijuana vs Hemp

No, the Cannabis products you’re giving to your pets are not the same as what you would find at Woodstock. While marijuana and hemp come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, marijuana’s THC content (the chemical which gets you “high”) is usually between 10 and 15 percent; but hemp must have a THC content of 0.3 percent or less. At this level, cannabis has no intoxicating effect, for people or pets. Hemp is higher in CBD, the substance that provides the therapeutic effects, and as such, medicinal CDB products are typically derived from hemp rather than marijuana.

 

How does CBD work?

CDB is short for cannabidiol, one of over 60 chemicals found in Cannabis called cannabinoids. The two main types of cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBDs are the therapeutic cannabinoids, while THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high. CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, and therefor does not alter your consciousness in any way.

All vertebrates have something called an endocannabinoid system, a nervous (or communication) system that exists throughout our entire body. This system works in reverse from how most nervous systems function, and instead of sending signals from the brain to the body, it sends signals from the body to the brain.

Two main cannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the nervous system, connective tissue, gonads, glands, and organs. CB2 receptors are located in the immune system and its associated structures.

Endo means inside, and this means that the body produces its own form of cannabinoids. Our endocannabinoids are not nearly as strong as phytocannabinoids (the ones found in Cannabis), but they are so similar that they “fit” into the same receptors. You can think of the receptors as locks and the cannabinoids as keys. If we can supply extra keys to these nerve receptors, we can alter the signals that the nerves send to the brain.

 

How can our pets benefit from CBD products?

The use of CBD products may be beneficial in the treatment the following conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive (brain) function
  • Deteriorating quality of life
  • Digestive issues
  • Fatty tumors
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Joint and mobility issues
  • Seizures
  • Skin problems
  • Stress
  • Tumors

As with any herbal medicine, for most ailments you may not see an immediate effect. You’ll need to be patient to fully see how it benefits your pet’s condition. Your pet may feel some pain relief in a few hours but other symptoms like inflammation may take a few days to show improvement.

 

How to give and dose CDB

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to dosing, and each pet may respond differently. We recommend starting slow with 1/4-1/2 of the recommended dose, increasing every couple days until you reach your desired effect. CBD can take 30 mins-1hr to take effect, so give each dose time before giving more product.

CBD is very safe and has no known drug interactions, and it is safe to exceed stated dosage levels if needed, as there is no risk of overdosing CBD. You can repeat doses every 4-8 hours or as needed.

 

We have several CBD products to suit you and your pet’s needs

Oils:

Apawthecary Pets:

  • Uses hemp terpenes, which also have some medicinal benefits, instead of CBD
  • Hemp terpenes work together with CBD to increase its effects, making it great to pair with CBD products for pets which require high doses of CBD
  • Flavoured and unflavoured to help finicky pets readily accept the oil
  • Available in 2 strengths, containing 4mg and 10mg of terpenes per mL

Noah’s Ark

CBD with Coconut Oil from Noah's Ark

  • Organic and non-GMO
  • The most highly-concentrated product we carry, this is a great option for moderate to severe conditions or large pets that would otherwise require high amounts of product
  • Available in two strengths containing 10mg of CBD per mL and 26mg per mL.
  • Each batch is tested for quality and purity assurance.

Treats:

Treatibles

  • Grain-free
  • Treats are a great alternative for picky pets who don’t like oils
  • More portable than liquid for travelling
  • 4mg of CBD per treat

Topper:

Steve’s Real Food Enhance Cannagurt:

  • Made with raw goat’s milk for vitamins, minerals, probiotics and amino acids
  • Added hemp protein which is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is also high in fiber, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes and maintains energy
  • 2.6mg of CBD per ounce rehydrated