Consumer Reports: Diatomaceous Earth for Rescue Animals

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The Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue in Greenville, Tennessee is a no-kill shelter run by volunteer members. The organization rescues and rehabilitates abandoned German Shepherds that have been neglected and mistreated and helps them to find loving, caring homes. Using a holistic approach, the Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue has been able to save the lives of many dogs affected by abuse and poor nutrition.

Recently the rescue helped save the life of a dog named Luxor whose body was 75% covered in Demodex mange. Luxor received daily food grade diatomaceous earth baths for over 2 weeks. Nutraceuticals were also added to his diet and within 2-3 weeks he began to grow back his fur. Currently, Luxor (now know as Duke) is a healthy, 95 pound, 10 month old pup. He will be entering the Canine Good Citizen Training and eventually Therapy Dog Training to become a therapy dog that will visit nursing homes and hospitals.

“I’ve also used the DE by mixing [it] up into a slurry, kind of thick and putting it on hot-spots on dogs, it takes the ‘heat’ and ‘itch’ out”, says Deborah, founder of the Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue. We rarely have much of a flea problem, if fleas are on a dog, it’s usually a new rescue and we treat [them] quickly. [We] make a dip of DE and water and pour [it] over the dog to kill the fleas and ticks. We also used DE, 1 cup to 1 gallon of water, on our vineyard this year. It seemed to keep the bugs at bay and was far more effective and safer than using cancer causing chemicals.”

The Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue strives to provide comfort and assistance to animals in need and is continuously searching for foster homes and forever families to help them do so. Please visit http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/idgsr.html for more information.