The veterinary pharmaceutical industry appears to be very keen that I expose my dog to toxins on a regular basis in order to prevent parasites taking hold.
I have heard that there are more natural alternatives, such as both feeding and dusting her coat with diatomaceous earth and/or garlic—especially when combined with periodic stool analysis.
- Is there any basis to these claims?
- Have the effectiveness of these (or any other) "natural" solutions been researched scientifically?
- Have the methods of action been identified?
- Have any harmful side-effects been noted?