If you want to manage ringworm naturally, especially on your pets, then one of your best options is the use of diatomaceous earth powder. Diatomaceous earth powder, also known popularly as DE powder, is a natural and organic way of treating all kinds of internal and external parasites in both, animals and humans. The best part is: this powder is economical, safe and, when you buy the food grade and organic varieties, completely non toxic (even if ingested). So in this guide, we will study multiple diatomaceous earth powder benefits and particularly how to use it on dogs and cats for controlling ringworm infections.
What is Diatomaceous earth powder?
DE powder is made from crushed fossils of sea/marine animals. If you observe the powder with the naked eye, it will only appear like dirt; but when seen under a microscope, you will realize it has very sharp edges that resemble broken pieces of glass.
Thus, one of the main reasons for the well-known Diatomaceous earth benefits is that it’s parasitical action is mechanical in nature. There is no toxicity or chemical reaction involved when you use it for controlling ringworm, fleas, ticks and bed bugs etc and hence the powder is especially safe for use near children, pets etc.
The sharp shard-like edges of diatomaceous powder literally rip the insides of any parasite. The powder then enters the innards of the parasite and dehydrates it completely. Diatomaceous earth powder also works wonders on the larvae of fleas, ticks and other common household parasites. On ringworm, which is a fungus, the DE powder provides a preventive action in that; it removes the excess moisture from the pet’s body which in turn reduces the chances of getting ringworm and other fungal skin infections that thrive on humidity.
What causes ringworm in pets?
Ringworm is a contagious skin disease that is caused by a fungus. It is mainly attributed to the dermatophyte family of fungi which thrive in humid and wet conditions. In pets, the fur often traps sweat and moisture, leading to fungal skin infections.
Pet owners often have to deal with recurrent ringworm infections in their cats and dogs. Many have been known to spend hundreds of dollars annually in vet visits, for treating such skin infections. As a result, more and more people are now turning to holistic and natural methods to control parasites on their pets. The best part about using DE powder for ringworm control is that it also has several other benefits for pets and for the entire household as well. Not only does Diatomaceous earth powder control and prevent dermatophytes from thriving, it also controls fleas, ticks, bed bugs and other parasites that are harmful to both humans and animals.
Let us now study how to use Diatomaceous earth for dogs and cats
- Using Diatomaceous earth powder in pets’ environment
You will need to buy Diatomaceous earth powder and applicators. There is no right or wrong way of applying this organic powder. Simply spread it all around the pet’s bedding, seating areas on your carpets and rugs etc. The powder will absorb the moisture and also kills the fungal spores. You can even apply the DE powder all over the cat and/or dog’s fur. The food grade varieties of Diatomaceous earth powders are safe enough to be licked; so it won’t harm your pets. However, you must note that DE powder can dry up your pet’s skin. So bathe the pet every few days using anti fungal and moisturizing shampoos.
Talk to your vet as to which anti-fungal shampoo conditioner is right for your pet.
- Adding DE powder to pet’s food
Food grade Diatomaceous earth powder is actually very good for pets. When it is given consistently through the dog or cat food; pet owners have noted improved digestion and metabolism as well as a shinier, healthier coat. The powder is rich in minerals and vitamins including calcium, magnesium etc.You can add up to ½ to 1 teaspoon to the pet’s food daily. For larger dogs, you can add up to 2 tbsp. You can even add large quantities of Diatomaceous earth powder to the pets food that is kept in storage to protect it from ants and also deodorize it.
Ringworm is very bad for your pet
Recurrent ringworm is extremely harmful to your pet. Pets can get downright miserable due to the constant itchiness that arises from this skin disease. Moreover, ringworm is also characterized by severe hair loss. So you might start to notice patchy hair loss on parts of your dog/cat’s body. In extreme cases, the pet might even scratch itself to an extent that could lead to bleeding or secondary skin infections that are known to require antibiotics for treatment.
Learn more about ringworm symptoms in cats and dogs here.
It is nearly impossible to control ringworm infections on pets. Often, households having pets with this skin infection tend to also spread it to their humans. It becomes a vicious cycle that is hard to break and hence, one has to use proactive methods and integrated fungus control techniques to halt ringworm in its tracks. Diatomaceous earth powder and ringworm go hand in hand in that; you can use the powder liberally all around the house prior to vacuuming to control the fungal spores from spreading. Additionally, you can also use it on the pet’s fur and food as well. Remember to always read the instructions on the label carefully, as some diatomaceous earth products are made from unnatural sources, and are not meant to be ingested.