Dogs get worms, and from time to time we need to deworm them. But what is a safe, natural way to deworm dogs? In this post I explore a few alternatives, but as always, it’s important to consult with a holistic veterinarian regarding these options and what you should use with your dog.

The question

Can you use garlic to deworm dogs as long not too much..and can it kill them… ive boughten stuff at store ..but dont seem to b working

My advice about safe ways to deworm dogs

I wouldn’t use garlic on its own myself in a large amount to deworm dogs, because as you mention it is toxic in large amounts and I would worry too much about the risks of an overdose given there are safer alternatives. And if it’s not working as it is, I’d simply move on to something else.

To deworm dogs, I might instead look into dichotomous earth, certain herbs, or pumpkin seeds for a natural alternative. You can find safe and natural products online (some of which include garlic), or recipes to prepare yourself – but do make sure you find the proper ingredients if you make it yourself (there are different kinds of dichotomous earth, and some should be avoided). You could also consult local raw food co-ops, who often carry natural and safe deworming products. We found a great one for our cat from our local raw food provider containing pumpkin seed and dichotomous for intestinal parasites including giardia.

I would also recommend running any recipes and product specifics by a holistic vet to give you the proper dosage for your dog, or any concerns about potential allergies or interactions if your pup is on any medications or a special diet. And especially if your diet contains any of the ingredients you use for deworming already, so you can get the portions correct.

This question an answer originally appeared as part of a Yabbly AMA I hosted on Yabbly.com.

About Author

Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.

  • I know of several raw feeders who give their dogs diatomaceous earth on a regular basis. I use it for flea control outside, and for mites, etc in the chicken coop. I once read of using Guinness beer as a wormer…

    • I heard that about Guiness too somewhere! I wonder how they figured that out, and what is in it that worms don’t like! Our raw food provider sent us DE for an intestinal issue once (cat) – happened to be IBD in the end, but they noted people had a lot of success with it for parasites and worms if they’re the culprit.

  • Whirly Dog Supplies

    it is always best to visit a vet when your dog is sick with anything. we have a holistic vet who is caring and wonderful… a dog with worms can be quite alarming and you want to comfortably help them as they really won’t be feeling well.
    again, always check with your vet (holistic) before acting or reacting.

    • Agreed! And that’s why I mention that very thing in italics right in the opening passage and also in boldface at the end ;)

  • Thanks for an informative post Jen. Btw there is a misspelling in the first line of this article. Just pointing it out and as we all make mistakes when we self edit.