Updated: Nov 29, 2021
Just the idea of intestinal worms is really unsettling. Wiggly little creatures making themselves at home in your pet's tummy while their health plummets???
Intestinal worms can cause symptoms such as:
They need to be dealt with quickly and painlessly, and while there are pharmaceutical treatments available many studies are finding that natural alternatives can be just as effective and much healthier for your pet. At the forefront of those alternatives is pumpkin seed oil.
Pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin seed oil, contain a unique amino acid called cucurbitacin, which has the ability to decrease motility (movement) and fecal egg count of roundworms and tapeworms as well as increase the number of worms expelled in the animal's stool. In other words, it paralyzes them, slows down their breeding process, and banishes them to that new pooper scooper you bought at the pet store last week.
Although clinical trials are still being conducted, early research is suggesting that pumpkin seed oil may be a safe and natural alternative for dealing with parasites. So on that note, we'll move on to the best way to administer it for the best results.
How to use:
Although pumpkin seed oil does not carry with it the same side effects of chemical dewormers it does require a little extra patience and attention to administer. Too much pumpkin seed oil in your pet's diet can cause loose stool, but not enough will prolong the healing process and limit the results. For the best results, we suggest following the chart below.
How often should you administer?
For preventative care, you want to administer the recommended dose once a day with or without food. If worms are already present in your pet's system or you highly suspect them to be you should administer twice a day, morning and evening. If you see any signs of loose stool simply meter back the dose to once a day, or keep it at twice a day but cut the dose in half.
How do I get them to take it?
Dogs and cats tend to love the nutty buttery flavor and will be happy to lick it right out of a bowl but if you have a particularly picky animal, just try mixing it in with some wet food or drizzling it over dry food. You can also try pouring it directly into their mouths.
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*Disclaimer* Seed Oil Company is not a licensed veterinarian and does not seek to provide medical advice. The information presented in this article is based on available evidence from the clinical studies listed above.