Foods To Fight Worms

Foods To Fight Worms

You can add some of the foods below to your dog’s diet to help prevent worms. They will also help get rid of a worm infestation.

Fruit And Vegetables

Several foods can help make your dog’s intestinal tract less attractive to worms. These include:

  • grated raw carrot
  • watercress
  • greens
  • squash
  • fennel
  • papaya
  • pumpkin

The orange veggies also provide vitamin A, which can help eliminate roundworms. Feed any of the above fruits and vegetables you like. 

Dried Coconut

Dried coconut is a vermifuge, meaning it can help eliminate tapeworms from the body.

Sprinkle on food, giving 1 tsp for small dogs, 2 tsp for medium dogs and 1 Tbsp for large breeds.

Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes

Probiotics help maintain a good balance of healthy gut bacteria. They can strengthen your dog’s immune system and help him keep worms at bay.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A naturally alkaline system kills parasites.

About ¼ to 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar added to your dog’s food or water every day can help keep his system alkaline.


Garlic is safe and is good for your dog when fed in moderation.

Research shows that garlic to be just as effective as the toxic chemical dewormer, Ivermectin.

Garlic can boost the immune system and help fight worms and giardia.

In fact, research shows that garlic to be just as effective as the toxic chemical dewormer, Ivermectin.

Garlic helps rid the stomach wall of mucus and makes it less hospitable for worms. It also contains an amino acid called allicin. Allicin is effective against roundworms and hookworms.

Peel and chop the garlic and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes. This allows the allicin to be released.

Feed in the following amounts:

  • Small dogs up to ¼ clove twice a day
  • Medium dogs up ½ clove twice a day
  • Large dogs up to ¾ clove twice a day
  • Giant breeds up 1 clove twice a day

Rabbit Ears with Fur

The fur covering the rabbit ears is actually classed as a source of fibre, and as we all know, fibre in the diet aids good digestive health...

1) As fur is undigestible, it basically brushes its way through the digestive tract and helps to clear away food residue which can build up over time. This build up of food residue can cause a sluggish digestive system, which can over time cause discomfort.

2) Cleaning the digestive tract aids your pooch's body in absorbing most of the nutrients being ingested through the cell wall of the digestive tract. Clean digestive system = more nutrients absorbed.

3) The 'brushing' action of the fur also acts as a natural protection against worms by brushing away worms and eggs in the digestive system. To achieve optimum protection, it’s advised to feed regularly (we recommend one ear a week) PLUS it helps negate the need for harsh worming tablets if you combine natural wormers such as these with a worm count test once a year.

4) The fur also aids in cleaning teeth too as it rubs a little of the surface plaque off the gums and between the teeth (without you needing to arm yourself with a toothbrush).

5) Fibre/fur is great for bulking up poo. To naturally express the anal glands (yuk but true), poo needs to be firm enough to press against the anal glands as it passes through.

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Rita Hogan CH is a canine herbalist and co-founder of Farm Dog Naturals, an herbal remedy company for the All-Natural Dog. Rita combines nature with her love for dogs by offering consulting that focuses on dogs as individuals: mind, body and spirit. Her practice incorporates herbal medicine, complementary therapies and environmental stewardship to help dogs and people find balance and partnership with nature. Connect with Rita through her website