Diatomaceous Earth is not only a bug killer and a flea control solution but it is also used for the health of your pets and animals as well, just like it is used for humans.
Food Grade D.E is perfectly safe and healthy for your pets and animals as much as it is safe for you. There are two ways to use D.E for your pets and you can find out here.
Feeding Animals Diatomaceous Earth
Once way your pets can benefit from D.E is by eating it. D.E can eradicate hookworms, roundworms, pinworms and whipworms. It is best advised that you feed your pets D.E for at least 30 days so that it can not only kill the adult worms but will also manage to kill any worm eggs that may hatch soon or smaller worms that are found inside the stomach and lungs.
If you are feeding dogs, you should give them one tablespoon of food grade D.E per day if the dog is over 50 pounds. If the dog is a small puppy then one teaspoon per day should be fine. If you are feeding bigger cats that are about 13 pounds, you can feed them 1 ½ teaspoons of food grade D.E. if you are feeding kittens ½ teaspoon should be more than enough.
Kittens that are too small and are still being fed milk and liquids should not be given D.E until they have started digesting solid foods.
Some animals may be picky when they see a white powder on their food and may not eat it. It is advised that you either add the D.E into the food and mix it all up so that they can’t see the powder or smell it, or just add it to a glass of water and pour the water into their food. (1)
Dusting Animals with Diatomaceous Earth
Just like D.E is used as a pest control, it will do the same thing with parasites, fleas and flies that may be bothering your pets. Dust some D.E onto their fur and it will kill any fleas, flies, parasites, or eggs that are growing or living there. You can even sprinkle some D.E in your pet’s bed or where they like to sit around. D.E not only kills fleas and flies but it also cleanses your pet fully by absorbing viruses, pesticide residues, drug residues, bacteria, e-coli, methyl mercury and even endotoxins.
Remember to wear a dusk mask when powdering and sprinkling D.E onto your pets as inhaling it could cause irritation in the lungs and membranes in the nose. Some people may prefer to use the dusting method instead of feeding the animals because they eventually lick themselves and will lick off the D.E so it will eventually benefit them internally as well as externally.
Make sure that after a few days you wash and shower your pets to remove the D.E from their bodies and to clean up any dead bugs that may be stuck on them or lying around. Make sure to dust up and clean the areas where you sprinkled D.E where the animals sleep or sit. (2)