I’ve noticed when I’m driving that there appears to be more hospitals and urgency clinics for pets than for people. Pets have not only supplanted people in comradeship, but they can be quite expensive to maintain. But in reality, there’s no need to charge your credit cards to the limit or drain your saving account. If you add diatomaceous earth(DE) to your pet’s diet or even rub it in your pet’s fur, not only will you save a bundle of money, but you’ll greatly improve your pet’s quality of life and health.
What is DE?
Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of microscopic aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are predominately composed of a natural substance called silica. Over millions of years diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans.
Silica is very common in nature and makes up 26% of the earth’s crust by weight. Various forms of silica include sand, emerald, quartz, feldspar, mica, clay, asbestos, and glass. Silicon, a component of silica, does not exist naturally in its pure form. It reacts with oxygen and water to form silicon dioxide, silicon dioxide has two naturally occurring forms: crystalline and amorphous. Most diatomaceous earth is made of amorphous silicon dioxide, that can possibly contain very low levels of crystalline silicon dioxide.
Can inhaling DE be dangerous for your pet?
Many people are claiming on the internet that breathing diatomaceous earth is dangerous, let me clear up this misinformation. As I previously stated you have crystalline and amorphous diatomaceous earth. If you inhale amorphous diatomaceous earth, it’s rapidly eliminated from the lung tissue. However, crystalline diatomaceous earth is much smaller, and it may accumulate in lung tissue and lymph nodes and this can be dangerous.
Long-term inhalation of the crystalline form is associated with silicosis, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory problems. The bulk of diatomaceous earth is amorphous, not crystalline.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is amorphous and is not Crystalline.
What are the health benefits of ingesting DE?
I could type an encyclopedia about this, personally I’ve been on DE for about 9 months and I not only feel incredible, it literally has turned back the clock on my appearance about 20 years. DE mainly goes through your intestines and cleans out everything that is not supposed to be there.
- Removes large parasites by cutting them up with their sharp-edged tubular body.
- Removes small parasites, candida, bacteria, and viruses by attracting them into the tubular shape with its negative charge, thereby excreting them out of the body(bacteria and viruses have a positive charge).
- Removes heavy metals from the intestines.
- A small amount of silica is absorbed into the bloodstream.
There’s not much research on DE and I believe that’s by design, I mean this stuff can literally destroy the whole pharmaceutical industry.
If you follow my Youtube videos on DE, you can see all of them in a playlist by clicking here, you will read comments talking about cancer disappearing within 3 weeks, yes I said 3 weeks, candida overgrowth gone, osteoarthritis gone, incredible hair and nail growth within a couple of weeks, one 70 year-old said his hair turned blonde from gray, all kinds of intestinal issues including constipation gone, etc. I can type until the earth ends, DE is like a cure-all much like Black seeds.
See my article on “The Magical Health Properties of Black Seeds“. See my article “Everything you need to know about Diatomaceous Earth“.
If there was anything on earth I could classify as manna, DE is the only candidate I can think of.
Why you should feed your pet DE?
Because you want your pet to live a long healthy disease-free life! Not only is DE going to de-worm your pet and by applying it in their fur remove pests, but it will give your pets the same health benefits as it does humans.
How much should I feed my pet?
— For dogs over 55 pounds, you should add one tablespoon per day of food-grade diatomaceous earth to dog food
— For puppies, smaller dogs, and normal-sized cats use one teaspoon per day.
— Larger cats (cats over 13 pounds) can safely be given 1 ½ teaspoons of food-grade DE. Kittens and smaller cats (2 to 6 ½ pounds) can be given ½ teaspoon of food-grade DE.
If the kittens are still nursing or only taking milk, you should avoid giving them DE until they have moved to solid food.
Some pets may be picky when they see a white powder in their food and might refuse to eat it. If that’s the case, then add the DE directly to the bag of cat or dog food. Then shake the bag to evenly distribute the powder throughout the food, this will mask the scent. To use the right dosage of DE, simply take note of the number of servings in the bag of food, then multiply the appropriate DE dosage by the number of servings and add that amount to the bag.
If that doesn’t work, then you can try mixing a dosage of DE with a quarter cup of water, then pour it over your cat’s food.
How to apply Diatomaceous Earth to your pets fur
If you’re using diatomaceous earth to control external parasites, simply rub the diatomaceous earth powder into your pet’s coat to control fleas while also sprinkling it on the bedding and carpets your pet frequents. You should wear a dust mask when applying the diatomaceous earth powder, as it can irritate your lungs and mucous membranes in your nose.
Some pet owners prefer the powder coating method instead of the food coating method because cats and dogs sometimes lick off the powder. As the animal licks the powder off their fur, it works as an internal cleanser as well.
After a few days of leaving DE on your pet’s skin bathe them and vacuum the area you covered with DE. This will also collect any dead bugs or half-alive bugs that may still be lying around.
Thoroughly shampoo your dog or cat. Since diatomaceous earth dries out the skin consider using a soap-free shampoo or moisturizing shampoo. Your pet’s skin is likely to be a little dehydrated, so you should avoid drying out their skin even further.
After your dog or cat has been washed and dried, comb through the fur with a flea comb to help remove any fleas and eggs that may have been left behind.
How do I know which Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to use?
Only food grade diatomaceous earth is approved and safe for human consumption, crystalline diatomaceous earth has been heated and treated and for commercial uses and is dangerous for human or animal application. You have different grades of diatomaceous earth, the two main things to look for is Fresh Water Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, and the diatomaceous earth has to be white all the way through, if it is brown or reddish its a vastly inferior quality of DE and will not have the same health benefits of the DE that is white all the way through, and can cause constipation and other health issues. You can buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth here on my website, or you can buy it from my Etsy store here. See my article “Everything you need to know about Diatomaceous earth“.