Cats are susceptible to a range of worms and microscopic parasites. Some of the most common intestinal worms include roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and hookworms, while other parasites include fleas and ticks. The frightening thing about these parasites is that many of them can be transmitted to humans, making it essential to take immediate action to eliminate them.
Conventional treatments often involve the use of powerful anti-parasitic medications prescribed by a conventional veterinarian. However, these medications often come with unpleasant side effects that may occur immediately or years after exposure. Therefore, holistic veterinarians focus on enhancing your pet’s overall health through proper nutrition, supplementation, and avoiding excessive vaccinations. By creating a body that is unwelcoming to parasites, excessive worm loads can be prevented and your pet can remain healthy.
In the event that your pet does have a parasitic burden, holistic vets also have a range of natural remedies to fall back on.
Some of the Many Natural Anti-Parasitic Remedies
Wormwood is one of the most popular herbal remedies for getting rid of roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, and threadworms that may infect the intestinal tract of your cat. It contains sesquiterpene lactones, isothujone, and thujone, which are known for effectively weakening and killing parasites. When it comes to using wormwood, you should work with a holistic veterinarian who knows the right amount to use for your particular pet. For quick intervention, this is a great choice, but it shouldn’t be used long-term.
Male fern rhizome can provide impressive effects when it comes to eliminating parasites from your furry friend. It contains filicin and filmarone, which are known for cleansing the body and making the digestive tract stronger and, thus, inhospitable to parasites. It makes worms immobile and prevents them from reproducing so that your pet can eliminate them naturally.
Black walnut can be used to treat heartworm, pinworms, tapeworms, and ringworm. This is yet another very powerful natural dewormer, so it is best used under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian.
Blackseed oil is also used to destroy and expel intestinal worms gently yet effectively.