Helpful summer hints – Pumpkin seeds another natural dewormer

Pumpkin Seeds Fight Worms

Raw, organic pumpkin seeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic and other ailments. The flesh and seeds of the pumpkin were used by the Native American tribes to heal wounds, cure kidney ailments and urinary problems and were used as a parasitic treatment on humans.  Pumpkin seeds also work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans.

Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucurbitin), which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract. Pumpkin seeds have other health benefits too – they are loaded with protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health.

Feeding Directions

Pumpkin seeds can be fed whole as a treat for your dog. DO NOT FEED the salted pumpkin seeds from the grocery store.  Hit your health food store and find some raw, organic seeds instead. You can grind them in a coffee grinder or Magic (nutri bullet milling blade) Bullet and add them to meals. Give a teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight once or twice a day until the parasites are gone.

This link describes a variety of worms that a dog can be exposed to and visuals for you. You might be a little grossed out

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/worms.htm

This does not work on Heartworm as it is a blood parasite and the others are digestive.

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