Pumpkin seeds are commonly used as a natural remedy to treat intestinal parasites. In this blog post, we’ll cover how long it takes for pumpkin seeds to kill parasites in dogs and the best way to give them to your dog.
We’ll also review some of the side effects that eating too many pumpkin seeds can have on your canine companion.
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How long does it take for pumpkin seeds to kill parasites in dogs?
Generally, it’s a matter of days, not weeks. But the exact time depends on a number of factors, such as a dog’s age and general health, the parasite load in its body, etc.
First things first – have your dog checked by a veterinarian! Parasites may have other symptoms besides those described here.
So only if the vet rules out any other possible cause for these symptoms can you proceed with one-on-one treatment with products you find online or from your pet shop. If this is what you’re going to try, I recommend that you always follow the instructions below under “Step 1”, then continue to Step 2:
STEP 1: Check Your Dog For Other Possible Causes
It could be another disease (not necessarily a serious one)
In case your dog’s symptoms seem to be caused by another disease, treat it with the appropriate medication. Only if this doesn’t work or there is no other obvious cause for your dog’s symptoms, proceed with parasite treatment.
It could also be something else entirely…
There are many possible causes of seizures in dogs. For example, epilepsy and stroke are two common possible causes that people tend to overlook when diagnosing “seizures.” In such cases, no medication will help because these diseases won’t respond to drugs anyway!
So what you can do is give fluids orally or intravenously (depending on how severe the symptoms are). The sooner you take action, the better – don’t wait too long before taking your dog to the vet.
If you are sure it is a parasite, please proceed with treatment!
STEP 2: Treat Your Dog With A Parasite Treatment
Now that you’ve ruled out other possible causes for your dog’s symptoms, treat it immediately with good canine parasite treatment. I recommend using only products available at pet shops or online because these are generally less toxic than treatments you get from vets (and thus safer). Here are some specific recommendations:
Quentyn Plus – this includes two active ingredients that kill several common intestinal parasites in dogs, plus fenbendazole which kills tapeworms. So use this if your dog has diarrhea and/or vomiting along with other signs of gastrointestinal problems (or if it’s not clear what kind of parasites are present).
Penzic – this is good for treating dog roundworms and tapeworms (which may be the case here, too). If you want to kill all types of intestinal parasites in your dog, use Quentyn Plus.
Step 3: Repeat The Treatment After 2-3 Weeks If Necessary
Repeat the treatment after 2-3 weeks if symptoms haven’t disappeared. You should definitely repeat treatment because parasitic worms can lay thousands of eggs per day, so it takes several days before all their reproductive systems shut down.
Also, many puppies have certain parasite strains that adults do not, which means they need special one-on-one treatments with products meant just for them.
So there you have it – now you know how long does it take for pumpkin seeds to kill parasites in dogs. I recommend this solution as my top pick because of its broad-spectrum action and lack of side effects even if used on young puppies (Quentyn Plus).
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What are the signs of intestinal parasites in dogs?
Intestinal parasites in dogs are often (but not always) visible to the naked eye, especially when they come out of the anus or get stuck somewhere in between teeth. If you see any worms coming out of your dog’s rectum, for example, it’s a sign that there are intestinal parasites in your dog.
Other signs include:
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting;
- Weight loss;
- Abdominal discomfort.
It is important to figure out what type of parasite your dog is suffering from because each one needs its own treatment. So if you don’t know what kind of parasite it is, take it to a vet ASAP! The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of recovery.
What causes intestinal worms in dogs?
Intestinal parasites in dogs are usually acquired through contact with contaminated soil and feces but may also come from pets and wild animals (yes, ticks can be carried by cats and dogs!). You can decrease the risk of getting intestinal parasites by:
- Removing feces regularly;
- Thoroughly washing your dog’s bedding to remove microorganisms;
- Washing your hands carefully after taking your dog to a public place such as a park or petting it (this is especially important for children).
How do you treat intestinal worms in dogs?
It depends on several factors such as type of parasite, how severe the symptoms are, age and of the patient, etc.
Veterinarians usually prescribe de-wormers orally or intravenously (depending on how severe the symptoms are). The sooner you take action, the better – don’t wait too long before taking your dog to the vet.
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Can pumpkin seeds kill intestinal worms in puppies?
Yes, pumpkin seeds kill intestinal worms in puppies. This is a great way to treat them because they’re organic and thus 100% safe for even young puppies. You can find dried versions of these seeds at most pet shops or buy them online – it’s a lot cheaper than going to your vet!
As always, you should take your dog to the vet if it has hard-to-treat symptoms such as vomiting too often or diarrhea that doesn’t improve within 2 days after starting treatment with pumpkin seeds. Your vet will help you figure out which type of parasite is present and prescribe the exact treatment regimen.
How long does it take for pumpkin seed extract to kill tapeworms?
Pumpkin seed extract kills tapeworms in the dog’s body within 5 days, so this is definitely a viable option if your normally docile pup seems to be under attack by tapeworms.
This solution only treats tapeworms in dogs, which means you should repeat treatment in 2-3 weeks if symptoms don’t disappear after the first round of treatment. If it isn’t tapeworms but other parasites instead (e.g., hookworms), you need to follow different instructions (see above).
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How to use pumpkin seeds for deworming dogs?
There are several ways you can use pumpkin seeds to deworm dogs naturally. They’re easy to find at most pet shops, but if your local store doesn’t have them, simply ask the manager to order some for you.
You can also buy dried pumpkin seeds online – they’re sold in small or big bags, so you can choose depending on how many dogs you have.
Make sure that before giving dry/raw pumpkin seeds to your dog, you first properly wash them and cut them into pieces roughly the size of a kernel of corn (if they’re too big).
If even this is too difficult for your dog, then grind the seeds into a powder using a food processor or blender. You should definitely do this, especially if your pup is very young or old (very young puppies and small breeds might choke on the seeds if they’re not ground into powder)
Mix the powder with your dog’s favorite wet food (e.g., canned dog food, yogurt, etc.). The pumpkin seed mixture should be given to the dog for 30 consecutive days, and you can repeat treatment in 2-3 months (the same method of giving them powdered pumpkin seeds every day for a month) if symptoms don’t disappear after this time.
How to choose the best pumpkin seeds for treating intestinal parasites in dogs?
When buying pumpkin seeds for intestinal parasites in dogs, the most important thing to look out for is that they’re 100% natural and devoid of chemicals/additives that might harm your dog even though they’re organic.
There are several different types of pumpkin seeds on the market, so simply buy a small amount at first and if your dog tolerates it well (e.g., doesn’t get diarrhea), then feel free to go back and purchase more of these great de-wormers.
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What is the best way to worm my dog?
There’s no one method that is “the best” because every dog is different, and thus what works perfectly on one might not work as well on another. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian before giving your dog any type of de-wormer. They will help you figure out which type/s of parasites are present in your dog’s body and prescribe the best product to use.
How often do you need to give pumpkin seeds if worms are gone?
You should follow up with your vet about how often you need to give pumpkin seeds to dogs that have intestinal parasites, but it usually depends on what exactly is causing the problem.
If it is just tapeworms, then giving them pumpkin seeds every 2 weeks for two months can solve this issue easily.
However, if your pup has other types of infestation (e.g., hookworms), you might have to repeat the treatment twice more after the first one has finished before things are completely gone.
Some dogs might need to be dewormed even more times than this, so go back and talk with your vet about how often you need to give pumpkin seeds for dogs that have intestinal parasites. This is the safest way to ensure that all types of harmful worms and parasites are eliminated from your dog’s body permanently.
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How do you prepare pumpkin seeds for puppies?
There are two methods of preparing pumpkin seeds for puppies: one involves washing them and cutting them into pieces roughly the size of a kernel of corn (if too big), while the other requires grinding them up first so as not to harm pups who can choke on some kinds of food such as pumpkin seeds if they’re too big.
For either method, simply follow the instructions provided above – the only difference is that for preparing pumpkin seeds for puppies, you can roast them either before or after washing and cutting them.
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How can I tell if my dog has worms?
The two most common symptoms of intestinal parasites in dogs are constipation and diarrhea. By combing these symptoms together with other physical observations such as weight loss and lethargic behavior, you’ll be able to get a good idea about whether or not your pup needs to be dewormed with this quick and simple home remedy.
Keep in mind that it’s important to visit your vet for a proper diagnosis if either of these symptoms is present, as there can be other causes aside from intestinal parasites (parasites like hookworms attach themselves to the lining of the small intestine or colon, which causes anemia).
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Benefits of pumpkin seeds for dogs with worms
- Helps to expel intestinal parasites through the feces.
- Helps to improve your dog’s general well-being.
- Does not require a prescription or visit to the vet clinic.
- Possible side effects of using pumpkin seeds for deworming dogs
- Cannot make an accurate diagnosis when symptoms are used alone (requires professional help).
- If in excess, this remedy causes constipation in pups with no pre-existing conditions that cause loose stools or vomiting.
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How many pumpkin seeds are for deworming dogs? Is there an age limit to its use?
As mentioned above, it depends on what type of parasitic infestation your pup has and how serious his condition is at the time you choose to use this remedy. We recommend consulting with your vet or any other medical professional to decide the correct dosage for your dog before using it.
What happens if I give my dog too many pumpkin seeds?
You should take note that giving your pup an excess amount of this remedy will just cause him to be constipated – the only time you need to worry about your dog becoming sick from eating excess pumpkin seeds is when there’s a pre-existing condition such as diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration/poor skin elasticity so on and so forth. However, we recommend first consulting with your vet beforehand to ensure safety.
How to use pumpkin seeds for deworming puppies?
If your dog is 3 months old or younger, then we recommend that you grind the pumpkin seeds into a powder and mix it with whatever wet food he likes best (e.g., canned dog food, yogurt, etc.). If your pup is older than 3 months and has a small breed, then you can cut the pumpkin seeds into pieces so as not to harm him.
Why do I need to cut pumpkin seeds into small pieces?
If your dog is very young (under 1 year old) or has a smaller breed, then it’s best to first cut pumpkin seeds into small pieces so as not to cause any choking hazard. This way, if your pup swallows a piece of pumpkin seed and it doesn’t pass through his intestinal tract within an hour, there’s less chance of causing an obstruction.
Can you give pumpkin seeds to puppies?
Yes, sure. Dried pumpkin seeds are completely safe for puppies because they’re organic and devoid of chemicals/additives that might harm your baby dog even though they’re100% natural”. This is a great way to help them get rid of intestinal worms in a safe and non-harmful way.