Updated: Feb 23
Just the idea of intestinal worms is unsettling. Wiggly little creatures making themselves at home in your pet's tummy while their health gradually depletes???
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, have a unique amino acid called cucurbitacin, which has been shown to decrease motility and fecal egg count of roundworms and tapeworms in animals as well as increase the number of worms expelled in the animal's stool. In other words, it sterilizes them, paralyzes them, and then kicks them out the back door.
Although more clinical trials need to be conducted on this subject it appears that pumpkin seed oil is 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 diarrhea whereas not enough will prolong the healing process and limit the results. For the best results follow the chart below.
For preventative care, you want to administer once a day with or without food. If worms are already present in your pet's system or you highly suspect they are you should administer twice a day, morning and evening. 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 any trouble getting it into their system try mixing it in with some wet food or drizzling it over dry food.
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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 studies.