Reduce Worm Risk in Beagles

by Jerry Moorman
(Bedford, VA)

What should we treat the ground with inside our lots to help prevent worms in our beagles?

Editor Suggestion - Treating a Dog's Environment to Protect Against Worms

Hi Jerry,

There are a few things you can do to cut down on the odds of spreading worms in your outdoor kennel.

1. Remove any sources of moisture. Worms thrive in moist environments, so removing any sources of moisture from your lot will help to reduce the risk of worms. This includes things like standing water, wet leaves, and piles of dirt.

2. Add sand or gravel to the ground. Sand and gravel will help to improve drainage and make it more difficult for worms to survive.

3. Plant worm-repelling plants. There are a number of plants that have worm-repelling properties. Some examples include marigolds, wormwood, and peppermint.We would not plant if the dogs can ingest the leaves. Marigolds, wormwood, and peppermint are not considered to be highly toxic to dogs, but they can cause some side effects if ingested in large quantities.

4. Apply a wormicidal treatment. There are a number of commercial wormicidal treatments available that can be applied to the ground to help kill worms. Be sure to follow the directions on the label carefully.

5. Apply diatomaceous earth to the ground

Diatomaceous earth is a natural substance made up of tiny, sharp crystals that can cut through the exoskeletons of insects and parasites. When ingested or inhaled, diatomaceous earth can cause these parasites to dehydrate and die.

To use diatomaceous earth to kill worms and parasites near dogs, sprinkle it on
the ground in areas where your dog frequents, such as their bed, the yard, and anywhere else they might come into contact with parasites. Be sure to keep the diatomaceous earth away from your dog's food and water bowls, and do not allow them to lick it off the ground.

It is important to note that diatomaceous earth is not a cure-all for worms and parasites. It is only effective against parasites that come into direct contact with it. If your dog has a severe infestation, you may need to consult with your veterinarian about other treatment options.

Here are some additional tips for using diatomaceous earth to kill worms and parasites near dogs:

Use food-grade diatomaceous earth. There are two types of diatomaceous earth: food-grade and pool-grade. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe for use around animals, while pool-grade diatomaceous earth can be harmful if ingested.

Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth in a thin layer. You do not need to use a lot of diatomaceous earth. A thin layer is all that is needed to kill parasites.
Reapply the diatomaceous earth every few days. Diatomaceous earth can become less effective over time, so it is important to reapply it every few days.

Diatomaceous earth can be used to kill hookworm eggs and larvae in the ground by drying them out. After picking up pet feces, you can dust the area with 1–2 cups of diatomaceous earth1. It won’t harm grass and plants.

Double check all of the above with your veterinarian to see if they have any additional ideas.


Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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