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What is Diatomaceous Earth – DE?
DE is a very fine powder created from the shells of millions of microscopic creatures called diatoms. Diatoms absorb silicates from the water to create the shells. When they die they sink to the sea bed. Over time sea levels change and layers of DE are exposed and mined.
How does DE work?
DE kills mites, ticks, fleas etc by absorbing the waxy layer which these creatures produce on their outer layers.
How it works within the gut of animals is not yet understood, it is able to effect the destruction of adult;t and younger and smaller intestinal parasites and thus reduce the worm burden in animals, giving them a chance to develop their own immunity. It has also been reported to help prevent the development of parasite larvae in faecal droppings. There has been much anecdotal evidence of its efficacy in many species.
Dosage Guide for Feeding
Feed DE over the course of 1 month to ensure the product has a chance to work through your dogs system.
For dogs up to 25kg feed up to 1 x teaspoon per day mixed in food
For dogs over 25kg feed up to 1 x tablespoon per day mixed in food
In both case build up dosage over the course of 7 days. DE is tasteless and odourless
Repeat as needed or as part of regular de-worming regime
Dosage for Applying Externally
DE can be applied to your dog externally for the treatment of fleas, ticks, mites etc. To apply, sprinkle the DE over your dog and then using your hands rub the powder in ensuring it reaches the skin surface. Take care around the eyes as the drying nature of DE can be an irritant. Its advisable to apply DE to your dog outside as it often creates dust that may be dry out eyes and airways.
Use gloves if needed as DE will have drying effect on your hands
Use DE on pet bedding and around the house by sprinkling an even layer of DE and leave to take effect. Leave down for up to 7 days and if needed apply more and keep applying until your pet's fleas have been removed.