Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs


While it's more common to use Diatomaceous Earth as a flea prevention, many people have added small amounts of DE to their pet's diet. There a numerous benefits a pet can receive from a consistent dosage of DE. Pet owners who have given their pets DE have found their pet has an improved coat, appetite, metabolism, and digestion. DE is largely made up of amorphous silica, but it also contains calcium, magnesium, titanium dioxide, gallium, sodium and other trace minerals. Keep in mind that there are different grades of diatomaceous earth, so make sure you purchase food grade diatomaceous earth for your pet.

The instructions below are on how to feed your dog DE.

Step 1:

You need to make sure that you are using food grade DE. Only food grade DE safe for pets. Other types of DE are not safe for humans or animals.

Step 2:

Your dog's size will affect the DE dosage size

Small Dogs and Puppies*
½ tsp of food grade DE
Dogs (<50 lbs)
1 tsp of food grade DE
Dogs (50-100 lbs)
1 tbsp of food grade DE
Dogs (>100 lbs)
2 tbsp of food grade DE

*We recommend you hold off on adding DE to their diet until they move to solid food.

Step 3:

The type of food you are giving your dog will also affect the way to give it to them.

Wet Food

Remove the food from the can and add it to the dish. Then add the appropriate dose of DE and mix in.

Dry Food

There are 2 methods for adding DE to your dog's food:

Method 1: One and Done

This method also helps deter insects that may be infesting your pet's food supply (ants, weevils, beetles, flies).

Step 1:

Take note of the number of servings in the bag of dog food.

Step 2:

Multiply the appropriate DE dosage by the number of servings. Add that amount of DE to the bag of dog food and shake the bag to distribute it evenly.

The DE will absorb the scent of the dog food and be almost indistinguishable from it allowing your dog to enjoy their food.

Step 3:

Repeat method 1 with every new bag of dog food.

Method 2: Damp Approach

Step 1:

Mix the dosage of DE with a quarter cup of water.

Step 2:

Pour the mixture over your dog's dry food coating most of it.

As you feed your dog DE you can rest easy knowing that you are helping promote their health and happiness.

Please Note: only EPA registered products should be purchased for pesticidal purposes.

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