I once bought a deworming powder for my animals and my goat would not eat it. I don’t care how I covered the taste or texture, he would not touch it. He would knock over his bowl, or simply leave it. The same goes for any supplements I have given him.
That is, until I read about making deworming treats for your animals. I decided that was genius, since my goat seems to be spoiled or picky, or something!
So, my treats are aptly named Buddy Treats, given the fact that if Buddy our goat will eat them, then any animal will! They are mixed with all the bitter herbs that frequently are recommended for animals to prevent and treat worms and other internal parasites. See what you think:-)
Buddy Treats: Deworming treats for animals
In a bowl or food processor,
- Mix equal parts of 3 of the following herbs to make 1 cup. (The rule to these treats is to use what dry ingredients you have on hand.)
- Then add 3 TBl of raw honey or molasses and blend until a sticky clump forms. Add a little more molasses if the mixture is still too dry.
A woody type herb which has a very bitter taste to it, but kills parasites. Prolonged use can stress the liver, so short-term use with periods of time in between uses is best.
Clove is generally known to be antifungal and a bug repellent of sorts. It also has a numbing effect, so if you believe your animal already has some sort of infestation, then clove is a good choice to soothe their digestive tract.
Black Walnut Hull
Known to be a great antioxidant and also contains antifungal and astringent properties. I have even been known to give this to my crazy Chihuahua when it seems like he is just itching too much. I just sprinkle it on his food!
Diatomaceous earth (food grade)
Diatomaceous earth is made up of tiny sea exoskeletons that when coming in contact with insects, it kills them. Not only does it work in the garden and as a natural insecticide around your home, but it also works on internal parasites.
Garlic is well-known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties and is good for general all around wellness. Fresh pressed into your mixture, it will add the benefit of healing your animal from any parasitic attacks.
Fresh sprigs or dried rosemary is known to settle the stomach and increases appetite. When given the option, goats will readily eat rosemary bushes (ask me how I know). It is also an antioxidant as well, so it will help remove any parasitic effects from your animal.
To treat your animals:
Approximate Dosage: Give one treat per day to goats or large dogs. Give 1/2 of a treat to medium and small-sized animals. Give 2 to 3 treats to larger animals.
General Directions: Give this regimen every month and more if you still see parasite signs in your animal. In severe cases continue for a month and then cycle into a routine.
The dosage amount and frequency may vary according to the size and needs of your animal. Please be advised this is a general natural remedy and is not intended to take the place of taking your animal to a veterinarian.
This is what Buddy thinks about these treats!
What do you add to your deworming regimen?