All about Diatomaceous Earth for your Pet
Diatomaceous Earth, abbreviated as DE, is a fine grey-white powder that comes from the remains of diatoms, a type of algae or fossil. It is made up of silica, a hard mineral that is coarse in texture and has very absorbent properties. If you're wondering what it can be used for, read on!
As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, Diatomaceous Earth is a natural flea treatment. If you're dog is constantly scratching, then chances are that he may have fleas. As the ingredients in traditional flea treatments are rather controversial for the side effects that they cause, this is a great alternative that has no side effects. DE can kill fleas thanks to its microscopic sharp edges which will pierce their outer shell and kill them in a matter of hours or days. All you need to do is sprinkle it on your pet's coat and thoroughly brush it through. You will also need to apply it to your pet's bedding and any carpets, as this is the most likely place the fleas may have laid eggs. Leave it for a few days and then vacuum or wash normally. Be careful that you or your pet do not inhale DE, as it can irritate the lungs.
Diatomaceous Earth can also be used as garden pest control. It has the ability to kill everything from ants, caterpillars, cockroaches, snails, beetles etc. In addition, it won't do any harm like pesticides.
In addition, Diatomaceous Earth is a health supplement, as it contains many minerals including magnesium, calcium, sodium and iron. It can be easily mixed into food to give your pet a healthy boost. Make sure to mix well so that your pet does not inhale the dust.
Apart from being used as a heath supplement, adding Diatomaceous Earth to your pet's food can also rid pets of worms, although it will need to be given for at least a month to kill hatching eggs within the intestine.
Last, but not least, Diatomaceous Earth can be used as a natural deodoriser. Sprinkle over any smelly area such as a carpet and leave for a day or so before vacuuming. For cat owners, it can be mixed in kitty litter to neutalise odours.
Always make sure to use food grade Diatomaceous Earth, as the type used in pools and gardens is not suitable for pets.