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I had posted a thread about a yr or two ago about Diamataceous Earth (DE). There was a reply in it that said it should not be inhaled. In order to get around this and use it on your dogs as a flea treatment/repelent to mix with water to get it on your dogs.

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How does DE work on fleas from the inside out? I thought it worked by it being little slivers that pierced the insects body?!?
 

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The DE (food grade) I use says to mix with food and can be used as a wormer and a repellent. Am I using it wrong? I've never put it on their fur.


How does DE work on fleas from the inside out? I thought it worked by it being little slivers that pierced the insects body?!?
 

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The DE (food grade) I use says to mix with food and can be used as a wormer and a repellent. Am I using it wrong? I've never put it on their fur.
This is how my DE says to be used as well. I mix it with yogurt or broth and it works like a charm (it's the only thing that actually got rid of fleas when we lived in a rural area).
 

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The DE (food grade) I use says to mix with food and can be used as a wormer and a repellent. Am I using it wrong? I've never put it on their fur.
Is it working against fleas? Where I live fleas can be a big issue. I know in some parts of the US they can be less of an issue.

Dont let them or yourself inhale it. I have heard it is an irritant. Also if you use it externally it can dry out the skin some so I heard.
 

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We don't have a problem with fleas. It's the ticks that in abundance.


Is it working against fleas? Where I live fleas can be a big issue. I know in some parts of the US they can be less of an issue.

Dont let them or yourself inhale it. I have heard it is an irritant. Also if you use it externally it can dry out the skin some so I heard.
 

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Sam and Macks Mom, I dont know much of anything about it. I have heard of using in garden or around house with another chemical for termites a while back. I didnt know you could feed it internally for fleas. Wonder how that works. Doesnt make sense to me???
 

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I'm new to using it as well. I just started about a month ago. I know there are different types of DE so you have to get the human grade to give it with food.


Sam and Macks Mom, I dont know much of anything about it. I have heard of using in garden or around house with another chemical for termites a while back. I didnt know you could feed it internally for fleas. Wonder how that works. Doesnt make sense to me???
 

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Has anyone asked their vet about it?
 

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Since Mack is diabetic, anything I give him I get it cleared through his specialist. She ok'd it but we did not get into the details of exactly how it repels bugs.

There are oral treatments like Comfortis, Capstar that work to kill/repel bugs. Although you might need a vet to prescribe these.


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Since Mack is diabetic, anything I give him I get it cleared through his specialist. She ok'd it but we did not get into the details of exactly how it repels bugs.

There are oral treatments like Comfortis, Capstar that work to kill/repel bugs. Although you might need a vet to prescribe these.

Not going to give them anymore chemicals. My vet would write me a script for comfortis but he doesnt recommend it. There has been no long term testing on it and he is not comfortable with that.

I have been putting frontline plus on the terriers and hate it everytime! This past time I had to treat them 2 weeks early and it did no good. Still itching like crazy...still finding a few fleas! My poor grandpup is living over in the trailer park where its even worse. Loose dogs everywhere and fleas galore! When he comes over we go straight to the bathroom and I pull fleas off of him. :( I know that they have to bite in order to die but I really believe they are immune to the stuff now! Or there are so many its just not keeping up with the population.
 

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I have used DE with Coco. I just mixed it in with her food. You can also use it in your garden for pests. My raw food pet store owner explained how it is natural and not harmful. If your dog has parasites it works inside the body to kill the parasites by kind of slicing and drying them up. My MIL lives in the Caribbean where they have a lot of parasite issues so she stocks up here and takes it back home. She makes her dogs stews and puts in their food. She has done this for several years with no issues. My vet says its safe but tries to get me to buy prescribed flea treatments. I prefer a more natural approach. :butfly:
 

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I have used DE with Coco. I just mixed it in with her food. You can also use it in your garden for pests. My raw food pet store owner explained how it is natural and not harmful. If your dog has parasites it works inside the body to kill the parasites by kind of slicing and drying them up. My MIL lives in the Caribbean where they have a lot of parasite issues so she stocks up here and takes it back home. She makes her dogs stews and puts in their food. She has done this for several years with no issues. My vet says its safe but tries to get me to buy prescribed flea treatments. I prefer a more natural approach. :butfly:
Are you using it internally or externally for fleas on Coco? How is it working?
 

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I use it internally. I've never tried it externally. It has worked well. She is always parasite free!
 
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I used to use Frontline Plus, but after continuing to find ticks on my dog I switched to Advantix II and have found it to be more effective. Other people I know have had similar experiences.



I have been putting frontline plus on the terriers and hate it everytime! This past time I had to treat them 2 weeks early and it did no good. Still itching like crazy...still finding a few fleas! My poor grandpup is living over in the trailer park where its even worse. Loose dogs everywhere and fleas galore! When he comes over we go straight to the bathroom and I pull fleas off of him. :( I know that they have to bite in order to die but I really believe they are immune to the stuff now! Or there are so many its just not keeping up with the population.
 

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I sprinkled it in the house left it down for a few days then vacuumed it up, also sprinkled it in the yard.
Took some to a elderly friends house she had roaches & ants in her kitchen I just sprinkled it around her base boards then swept it up a few days later no roaches no ants.
Took some to my MIL house she has roaches but she would not use it ???
I have not had any bugs for years have renters on one side and the cement yard behind our house. ( do not want to jinks myself knock on wood)
 

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Just read this "recipe" this morning Make your Own Flea and Tick Powder | Dogs Naturally Magazine. Also this article was informative 2012 – The Year Of The Tick? | Dogs Naturally Magazine. I also have been researching different remedies due to finding 4 ticks before the end of March. I have not found that many ticks in as many years so I know it's going to be a bad one. I like the citrus spray made with lemons will try that when the time comes. I also have used DE internally, but everything I have read about it for external parasites was applied on the pet and around the house/yard. H2R I feel your pain as I am a LA native and that is the only thing I don't miss about "home", the fleas. Definately feels like a losing battle. I have read somewhere about mixing DE with water to apply to the dog but can't remember where. Don't think the ratio is that critical. I think it's just to keep the dust down and easier to work into the coat. Hope this helps.
 
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