NEW!! Kanex - Assists in Natural Worm preventative for dogs and cats

  • Kanex contains sustainably-harvested, hand-picked Irish Dulse, a source of kainic acid
  • With organic, EU-sourced pumpkin seeds, a rich source of cucurbitacin
  • Kanex also offers an excellent array of vitamins, minerals and algal antioxidants

Dulse, the incredible red seaweed...

Dulse (also known as Dillisc, or Duilleasc in Gaeilge, or commonly Palmaria palmata, in Latin), is a beautiful red seaweed that grows in the intertidal zone all around Ireland. Traditionally eaten as a nutritious snack, Dulse has the added benefit of being a potent anti-helminthic (anti-wormer). It’s all thanks to its high levels of kainic acid it contains (and hence the name of our new product!).

Kainic acid is a naturally occurring algal chemical, named after ‘Kaininso’ the Japanese name of the mother alga. Dulse can vary in its kainic acid content but Irish red seaweed is higher in the good stuff. First described as a vermifuge (anti-wormer) in China back in 1530 AD, kainic acid is particularly effective at treating worms of the gut – roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms.

Dulse, red seaweed

It seems to work by inhibiting egg hatch, meaning infestations do not increase and over time naturally run their course. It has so far proven effective in a range of animals, from donkeys and horses to pigs. In one trial, kainic acid performed ten times better than santonin, the most popular worming chemical used at the time, without any of the side-effects or, so far, increasing parasite resistance.


It’s also effective in humans (apparently, as little as 5-10 mg of α-kainic acid does the job). However, Dulses’ popularity as a food source round these parts had waned. There was a reason for this. It’s nutritional and vermifuge characteristics lead the people of Ireland to lean heavily on Dulse during the famine of 1847. Those that survived were malnourished and disease prone. A perfect environment for parasites. Dulse helped with that. However, since then, Dulse has been viewed by folk round these parts as a food of the poor and deprived. It’s only now, with the advent of “super food” terminology, that we’re coming back around to its nutritional prowess. Dulse is now a prized food item, as can be seen by its price tag in shops.

Dried dulse, red seaweed, used in Kanex natural wormer for dogs

To Dulse we add Organic Styrian Pumpkin Seeds...

I love pumpkin seeds. First off, nutritionally, they are a brilliant source of vital nutrients, including zinc, magnesium, manganese and vitamin E, nutrients that all dogs, dry or raw, need plenty of in their diet. They’re also a great source of vitamins A, B, C and K. 

Pumpkin seeds are from the Cucurbitaea family. They contain the bioactive compound cucurbitacin. This is one incredible chemical with a broad range of applications. Studies have found it to be effective in the treatment of inflammation, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, among others. It has even been shows effective in fighting Covid!

Better still, in this case, studies show cucurbitacin is an effective anti-helminthic, proving as effective as Panacur (Fenbendazole), the most common chemical anti-helminthic used in pets. As opposed to Kainic acid which prevents egg growth, cucurbitacin in pumpkin seeds reduces worm motility.

Pumpkin seeds may be tiny, but they are densely packed with useful nutrients and nutraceuticals such as amino acids, phytosterols, unsaturated fatty acids, phenolic compounds, tocopherols, cucurbitacins and valuable minerals. All these bioactive compounds are important to a healthy life and well-being.

Dotto et al. 2020   

styrian pumpkin seeds in Kanex for cucurbitacin

We use EU sourced, organic Styrian pumpkin seeds for a number of reasons. First of all, they don’t have that outter shells that dogs don’t do so well on (even if you grind it up). Moreover, these seeds, from Styria, Austria where the conditions are said to be  optimal for growth and quality, are found to have a superior nutrient profile to common pumpkin seeds. Studies show they are denser in both fat and water soluble antioxidants including vitamins A and E but also the crucial omega 3 and 6 PUFA’s, to name but a few compounds. The authors put it down to the growth conditions, not just the terrain but the traditional production methods.

The Dogs First Gurantee...

As with all our products that have a specific usage, we offer a full guarantee on Kanex when bought directly from our shop (LINK). If your dog registers positive for any gut worm whilst on their correct dose of Kanex (verified by proof of purchase) via ANY FAECAL WORM EGG COUNT PROVIDER, we will instantly and without quibble refund the cost of your Kanex purchase (150g pouch only, €25 incl. VAT) to cover the cost of your failed worm count.  

We recommend bi-annual faecal checks to ensure your pup stays happily worm free. They’re cheap as chips, very definitive, save the dogs guts from toxic compounds whilst also reducing harm to the environment in the process.

money back gurantee when you buy Kanex

20% off Kanex for 48hrs...

Kanex costs €25 for 150g pouch, €38 for a 300g pouch. We estimate small dogs require a half scoop (1g) of Kanex per day as a maintenance dose (large dogs at least 1 full scoop, 2g). This means a small pouch of Kanex would last a small dog nearly half the year. 

For the next 48hrs you can enjoy 20% off your first bag of Kanex with the coupon code KANEX2021.  

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[Please note, Kanex is not a DE-WORMER. If you detect a worm issue in your dog, please see your (natural) vet for advice on how to clear it].

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Dr. Conor Brady

After a doctorate studying the effects of nutrition on the behaviour and gut morphology of animals, five years with Guide Dogs as a trainer and supervisor, some success on Dragons Den with the finest raw dog food company and the last few years both writing and speaking on canine nutrition and health, I can say with some confidence that the pet food and drug industry cares not a jot for the health of your pet.