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    Senior Member Jamiestitcher62's Avatar
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    Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth? Have any of you ever used it for taking care of fleas or parasites on your animals?

    I got some the other day cause my new rescue kitty Misty has among many other little issues, Ghiardia a parasite.

    Just curious if any of you have any experience with this.

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    I have heard of using it to help get rid of fleas and that you can find it in the garden section of any home big box store, but I have never had to use it.

    Good luck.

    Ooops, I wrote about the wrong stuff. Sorry!!

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    If you research raw diets you will find most of the owners use it verses chemicals.

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    No I haven't but will follow this post, thanks!

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    I think you need to see a vet for treatment of this, as it's an internal bug.

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    Have used it on goats for worms and parasite. Worked, but with the goats had to rotate what I used on them to make sure they stayed healthly when they get sick they go down fast. And had so many that when one got sick you could lose a lot of them their hypochondriac when one got sick they all try and get sick. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by redvette54
    I think you need to see a vet for treatment of this, as it's an internal bug.
    Ghiardia is definitely internal.

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    Ghiardia is dangerous and, I believe, contagious. Have you been to the vet?

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    Two years ago, my kitty came from the humane society. She had fleas, tape worms, and parasites. I was devestated. The vet couldn't fix it. I called a pet shop and found that I needed to take her back to the humane society and have her treated. They took care of all the worms and bugs, but her tummy was badly messed up. With advise from the pet store, I started her on a raw meat diet. That was two years ago, and it only took one day for her tummy to be normal again. I also put probiotic powder in her food to keep her intestines healthy. She is so healthy now and beautiful and shiny. It took dedication, but she pulled through it very well, and has never had another single problem. She eats only raw meats.

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    Please try raw hamburger or go to the pet store and buy their balanced raw meat food in the frozen foods. You will be amazed how quickly the problem clears up.

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    You are absolutely correct, 100%. The raw meat will immediately clear up the problem. Call a pet store and ask them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redvette54
    I think you need to see a vet for treatment of this, as it's an internal bug.
    Yea, she's already on Flagyl, but I thought that doing both wouldn't hurt.

    I've already spent close to $400 at the vet on this cat and I've had her less than a month. Between the eye infection, ear yeast infection, Ghiardia, test for HIV and Leukemia, this poor cat hates me because of all the meds she's on.

    The rescue place were the ones who told me they had better luck with the diotomaceous earth instead of Flagyl. They seem to prefer natural treatments instead of going to the vet, probably due to money issues. I always do the vet first.

    She ate the stuff no problem though, so i will continue to use it for both cats, since my older one will probably get it now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ploverwi2
    Please try raw hamburger or go to the pet store and buy their balanced raw meat food in the frozen foods. You will be amazed how quickly the problem clears up.
    One of my cats is allergic to beef, pork, turkey and a multitude of grains. So I wouldn't go that route.

    How does eating raw meat get rid of a parasite?

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    I use it with my chickens. They take a dust bath in it. I also used it outside to sprinkle on the ground where my goats slept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyelphaba
    Ghiardia is dangerous and, I believe, contagious. Have you been to the vet?
    Here is what you need to know about Giardia. Raw hamburger is not going to clear this up.


    http://www.canismajor.com/dog/giardia.html

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    I have some and have used it to deworm some feral barn cats. I think you can also spread it (don't breath the dust) in your yard for a natural flea control. I haven't used it in the yard because my dog is a super sniffer and I don't want him inhaling it.

    Susan

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    I have two rescue cats and the commercial flea meds have made them sick, one time they started falling off their stools they had always sat on to watch out the window for birds a few hours after putting it on them.

    I put it (Diatomaceous Earth) in canned cat food, mix the FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth in with it as a treat, since I don't feed it to them often, just as a treat or to teach new tricks. One eats it eagerly, the fussy eater I have to smash it on her feet so she'll be forced to lick it off, glaring at me all the time!!!!

    But we have no more shots need at the vets' because of worms!!

    And I rub it now and then into their fur on top of their heads and on the back of their necks, and mix a trifle in their water, but don't know just how much of that is in it after it settles to the bottom of the bowl.

    And I mix it in water and spray it on all my plants outside, tomatoes, etc and flowers. After it dries it turns white and I can
    see any spots I've missed. Don't have much troubles with bugs any more.

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    Some places on the Internet claim to use it in humans...I'm going to research that one. They make new medicines by trying them on animals and then use it on humans....

    Hummm...just a thought.

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    Thanks everyone. I've ordered 12 pounds of the stuff and am planning on using it in their food for 3 months. Apparently 90 days is the entire cycle of most parasites and worms so they should be good to go.

    They both have been to the vet and the infected one is also on Flagyl for the parasite as well, I'm using this as a "just in case" the other stuff doesn't work and there's no harm in giving it to the other cat as well.

    I can't believe how many uses this stuff has. We have a earwig problem along with silverfish in our condo, the area around our home is quite wet so I think putting some of this stuff around the edges of the foundation inside and in the basement will keep the bugs away.

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    I can't believe how many uses this stuff has. We have a earwig problem along with silverfish in our condo, the area around our home is quite wet so I think putting some of this stuff around the edges of the foundation inside and in the basement will keep the bugs away.[/quote]
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    It kills bugs by causing microscopic cuts. I just don't know if I would be letting my cat breathe or eat this stuff. I would have to do more research. You are in danger of getting giardia if your cat has it. Please make sanitation the highest priority.

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    I worked at a humane society for 12 years. Ghiardia is very contagious and you can easily track it from the soles of your shoes to your other pets.

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    I know every Vet does things differently but when our mini Schnauzer had Ghiardia, not only was she on meds, but after she pottied we had to clean it up and dispose of it. Then had to spray the area with a bleach/water solution. We bought her from a puppy mill just to get the cute little thing out of there and geez she was sick for 2-3 months before this was all cleared up. Seems like we also had to wash her little feet atfer she went out each time. It has been 14 yrs ago so I cannot really remember.

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    Yes! I mix it in with bulk food storage to keep bugs out.

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    we use diatomaceous earth in our pool filtration system at our town. Don't know about yours.... but ours in dry form is a carcinogen!

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