The use of diatomaceous earth knows no bounds, and has many varieties of applications in cosmetic, agricultural, cleansing and personal health realms. It’s been extensively investigated and some interesting benefits have been discovered, but what is it? Really?
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is made from the fossilized shells of diatoms, an ancient kind of algae. As time passed, these microscopic shells, consisting mostly of the mineral silica, accumulated in freshwater lake beds and formed huge silica deposits. When mined and ground into powder, it becomes what we call diatomaceous earth. This chalk-like powder is microscopically very hard, coarse, and absorbent, which makes it useful for a multitude of things.
There are many different kinds of DE, more commonly known as grades. Which grade you purchase depends on what you plan to use it for. There are many different grades of DE, uses of this versatile product, and benefits DE can bring – even for your pets. We, at Foremost, are so excited about carrying this product that we wanted to share its value and applications with your pets and you.
Food Grade DE is safe and suitable for a variety of health related needs. From dogs and cats, to lizards and birds; there are so many ways that DE can help to improve your pet’s health. We wanted to give you some good information to give you a head start on just some of the ways you can help your pawed, or clawed, family member by using natural and non-toxic food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Just like people, your pets deserve health and a good quality of life.
You can use food grade DE for your dog and it’s easy as pie, as most dogs barely even notice when you add DE to their daily bowl of food. Diatomaceous Earth mixes very well in wet food, sprinkles over dry food, or even stirs into their drinking water. The immediate benefits for your dog will be improved digestion, reduction and elimination of internal parasites like worms and other digestive mites, improved shine in fur and coat with stronger nails and teeth (from amorphous silica), and DE has been linked to an overall improved metabolism and immune system. It really is good stuff!
It is not just for canine friends. There are several excellent ways to improve the health for felines using DE. The most common use is to reduce odor and excess moisture in a litter box. Diatomaceous Earth works as an impressive deodorizer, especially when it is generously mixed into the cat litter before it’s first use. Adding food grade DE to your cat’s diet can also benefit them because it has the ability to reduce and eliminate internal parasites like worms and other digestive mites. And, just like dogs, it will increase the strength of their claws and improve the natural shine in their fur. Interested yet?
Rodents aren’t left out of this mix. DE can be used as a deodorizer and absorbent in their bedding. It can dramatically reduce the odors created by their droppings, it can also impressively absorb moisture where it is applied, making cleaning and disposing waste easier on you. DE can also be safely added to the diet of rabbits and other livestock, including all rodent pets (hamsters, gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, etc…) which will (you guessed it!) reduce and eliminate internal parasites like worms or digestive mites, and improve the natural shine in fur and strength of nails and claws.
Food grade DE is even safe to use as an additional absorbent, mixed into the litter or bedding for your bird or reptile pets as well. For chickens, this is a very popular product to control moisture and odor in their coups and internal parasites in their digestion. Reptiles and tropical birds may be more sensitive to dry dust in the air (DE is a very fine dust that often is suspended in the air before settling) so we recommend using sparingly with tropical birds and reptiles.
Food grade DE has been recognized for a long time as a feed additive for livestock of all kinds. Mixing DE into your feed and silos also acts as an inert carrier, reducing mold and other mites that might live in grain silos or other food storage bins. It acts as an anti-caking agent with it extremely high absorbency, and also acts as a de-wormer for many livestock. Because of its high silica content, DE will bring out a healthy shine in your livestock’s fur and coats, as well as giving them stronger hooves and nails/claws. In general practice, adding DE to your livestock’s diet in an amount that is 1-2% of the animals total diet will bring about the best possible results.
As you can tell, Diatomaceous Earth has many applications and helps most pets all around. Did we mention it acts as a natural flea repellent? Sprinkle it in feathers, fur, and bedding and fleas won’t stand a chance, but we already wrote about that in our “Buggin’ Out” issue of this blog (which I am sure you have already read). If you are interested in adding DE to your life, please feel free to ask us anything. We are here to help.