If your dog or cat has fleas here’s how to get rid of them: Use diatomaceous earth. Here’s what it is: Diatoms are an ancient type of hard-shelled algae and this diatomaceous earth dust is their tiny coral-like little shells.
This dust is harmless to humans and animals but it righteously kills fleas two ways:
1. It microscopically pierces the insect’s skin causing the flea to hemorrhage to death
2. It suffocates the flea by coating the skin with fine dust (many bugs including fleas breathe thru their skin).
This is why you see wild mammals and birds giving themselves dust baths- the dust kills the parasites. And diatomaceous earth works the best- because of the microscopic sharp points. Again, it’s harmless to the animal. In fact, some people even eat diatomaceous earth for a variety of health reasons. Anyways: back to flea killing.
This is a completely safe and extremely effective way to eradicate fleas, as well as other pests. You can sprinkle some diatomaceous earth in the carpet or couch too- kills fleas everywhere. My friend had a Maine coon who got fleas, and the carpets were also infested. They used the diatomaceous earth on the kitty and the carpet and most of the fleas were dead w/in 48 hours, there was absolutely no trace of any in the cat or carpet after a week or so. The diatomaceous earth kills fleas directly in the carpet, but they also die when they hop onto the animal who was applied with the diatomaceous.
Just rub small handfuls into the animal until their skin is well dusted, and then shake the excess out of their fur off- it will kill all the fleas. Do this once a week if it’s an outdoor animal. If indoor, do the carpets and the animal each week for 30-90 days. With a real bad case, you can also sprinkle it in the yard but be careful where you do because it can kill good bugs too.
Diatomaceous earth is so much cheaper and so much healthier for your pet than Big Pharma flea killer poison like Frontline. What Frontline and other flea killer medicines actually are is potent insecticide that makes the animal’s blood so toxic, when fleas drink it they die. This poison is very toxic and can cause an early death in animals from organ failure and cancer. A lot of people notice after they apply stuff like Frontline or Advantage, their animals act sluggish. It’s because they genuinely aren’t feeling well. Flea collars aren’t great either. Get you some diatomaceous earth for your animals. It’s more effective than chemical insecticides and totally safe.
Diatomaceous earth kills internal parasites like intestinal worms and their larva, once again without the use of toxic dewormer poisons: The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite, and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die. The larvae is affected in the same way. Internal parasites can be controlled by giving Diatomaceous Earth internally. Again, it is very important to note that it must be food grade – the diatomaceous earth used in gardens and pool filters can be contaminated with industrial agents and hurt your animal. Again, food grade is completely nontoxic (please consult a veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns). Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily. To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs and the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.
Dogs under 35 lbs (15.5 kg) – 1 teaspoon (5g)
Dogs over 35 lb (15.5 kg). – 1 tablespoon (15g)
Dogs over 100 lbs (45 kg) – 2 tablespoons (30g)
Small Cats and Kittens* 2-6 ½ lbs (.9 kg-3 kg) – ½ tsp (2.5g) of food grade DE
Full Grown Cats 7-13 lbs (3 kg-6kg) – 1 tsp (5g) of food grade DE
Large Cats >13 lbs (>6kg) – 1 ½ tsp (7.5g) of food grade DE
*If puppies or kittens are still nursing or only taking milk we recommend you hold off on adding DE to their diet until they move to solid food.
Remember, You want to buy food grade diatomaceous earth cuz that ensures it’s pure (diatomaceous earth on its own is completely non-toxic but if you buy it at the pool store (it’s used in pool and spa filters) it could possibly be contaminated with something else. The food grade stuff is still very cheap.
Here’s a good company. This 2 lb (0.9 kg) food grade bag of diatomaceous earth cost US $13.95 online. It will last several months on a large dog, even longer for smaller animals. Diatomaceous earth is for sale at a lot of pet stores too.
p.s. Humans can use this stuff too. Interestingly, Diatomaceous Earth has also been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Given this, Diatomaceous Earth is very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser.