Helping with tapeworms in dogs and cats

1st April 2014
Beryl Shuttleworth
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Tapeworms in dogs or cats are not uncommon. If you’ve ever noticed white segmented worms or pieces of worms (look like pieces of rice or cucumber seeds) in your dog or cat’s stool, those are most probably tapeworms.  Another symptom is itchiness of the anus or ‘skooting’ their anus across the floor.

Dogs most often get infected by swallowing fleas which have eaten tapeworm eggs from infected dog’s faeces. The tapeworm then takes up residence in your dog’s intestine, consuming the food he eats. They can grow to many metres in length and can be very dangerous if they migrate to other parts of the body.

You can confirm the diagnosis by getting your vet to analyse a stool sample.

It is very important to treat the tapeworm infestation as soon as possible. Because of the harm it can do to your dog and also because the tapeworm can easily be transmitted to humans, especially children. Both natural and pharmaceutical remedies are very effective in treating the condition. The choice as to which route to take, is up to the individual after consulation with the vet.

Our dewormer, Cleansing Formula, contains pumpkin seeds, cloves, wormwood and garlic. Each of these herbs has been shown to be highly effective against tapeworms and other parasites.

Pumpkin Seeds

Curcurbitin is a fatty substance which occurs in pumpkin seeds. It has a paralysing effect on the tapeworm, causing it to drop off the intestinal wall. It is also toxic to parasite eggs.


Caryophyllene and Eugenol are absorbed into the blood stream when cloves rare ingested by your pet. They travel around, killing microscopic parasites and parasitic larvae and eggs.


Wormwood is a very powerful natural weapon against tapeworm. It contains thujone, isothujone, santonin and sesquiterpene lactones all of which are deadly to most parasites. It can be dangerous when taken in large doses , so please do not exceed the recommended dosage of Cleansing Formula.


Garlic does have anthelminthic properties, but the main reason I included it is for its ability to fight infection. An animal infected by worms is an animal susceptible to infection. Garlic, I hope, will help to guard against this.

In addition we have added a probiotic, in order to stabilise the gut flora and Dandelion as a gentle laxative in order to assist with the expulsion of the dead parasites and their eggs.

Care must be taken when using this product. Unlike the other herbal pet products, this product is strong. We recommend using it for ten days only. This is more than sufficient to kill and expel the parasites. We also don’t recommend using it in young animals or for pregnant or lactating or diseased pets.


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2 Responses

  1. Again Thank You for such Straight Forward Herbal Information, I appreciated the thoroughness of the
    article, addressing the What, Why, and exactly How.
    Do you have a book out ?

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