DIY Natural, Herbal Dewormers for Dogs and Cats

natural herbal wormers for dogs and cats
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In this article:
1. Symptoms of an intestinal parasite infestation
2. Common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats
3. If you think your dog or cat has an intestinal parasite infestation
4. Support overall body health
  1. Support the body's natural defences
  2. Signs of an intestinal parasite infestation
  3. Common intestinal parasites
5. Supplemental food to support worming
  1. Fluids to add worming treatment and prevent blockage
  2. Food to support worming treatment
6. Natural herbal wormers
  1. Garlic
  2. Grapefruit seed extract
  3. Pumpkin seed
  4. Cloves
  5. Goldenseal
  6. Black walnut

Conventional wormers are toxic synthetic chemical-based pesticides that harm your dog and cat's immune system, increase toxic load on the liver and kidneys, disrupt the endocrine system, disrupt gut health, harm the heart, and cause harm to the neurological system. In contrast, natural, herbal wormers help reduce your dog and cat's toxic load and support overall health. 

1. Symptoms of an Intestinal Parasite Infestation

One or more symptoms may present:
Digestive Issues
  1. Bloating
  2. Cramps
  3. Constipation
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Dehydration 
  6. Gas
  7. Greasy stools
  8. Nausea 
  9. Parasites (dead or alive) in stool
  10. Swollen lymph nodes
  11. Vomiting
  12. Weight loss
  13.  Consuming a lot of food but not putting on weight
Skin Issues
  1. Excessive scratching or licking around the anus, or base of tail
  2. Rash on the body
  3. Rash around anus or base of tail
  4. Scudding, scooting

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2. Common Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats

  1. Giardia
  2. Flukes
  3. Hookworms
  4. Round Worms (common round worm – Ascaris)
  5. Tapeworms
  6. Strongyloides – a type of round worm also known as Threadworm, Pinworm, Seatworm, etc.
  7. Trichinella  - a type of round worm that causes trichinellosisor trichinosis.

3. If You Think Your Dog or Cat Has Intestinal Parasites

Take a stool sample and have the sample tested for worms (this is called a worm count).

Once you have the results of the worm count...
If the test is positive for worms:
  1. Start treatment with a natural worming protocol (see further below).
  2. Support your animal's overall health (see further below),
If the test is negative:
  1. Don't worm your animal. 
  2. You can help maintain a parasite-free state by including appropriate supplemental foods, go to this article

4.  Support Overall Body Health

A healthy body is not attractive to parasites. The key to preventing repeated infestations of intestinal worms - support the overall health of your companion animal.
  1. Feed your dog or cat a species appropriate diet.
  2. Avoid including toxin and carcinogenic substances in the diet.
  3. Replace  conventional flea, tick, mosquito preventatives with natural alternatives.
  4. Don’t over vaccinate your dog or cat – only vaccinate for what is truly necessary and have titter tests done to ascertain when repeat inoculations are required.
  5. Avoid use of antibiotics and other conventional medications unless your animal is in a life-threatening emergency situation. Choose natural care for all other situations, e.g. ear infections, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, etc.
  6.  Choose health care products (e.g. shampoo, dental chews and toothpaste that are  toxin and carcinogen-free.
  7. Don't use chemical-based cleaning products in your home.
  8. Don't use chemical-based pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers in your yard, on your grass, trees, garden, etc.
  9. Wash road-salt off of your dog and cat's paws.

5.  Supplemental Food to Support Worming

If your dog or cat has a very minor infestation of intestinal parasites, the chance of intestinal blockage due to parasite die off is low.

However, if your dog or at has a significant infestation chance of intestinal blockage is significant. 

Adding appropriate fluids can prevent complications, prevent dehydration and provide essential nutrients.

Fluids to Aid Worming Process and Prevent Blockage

Bone Broth
for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens
Bone broth supports health in multiple ways, and its simple to make.
Health benefits of bone broth, and;
For the bone broth recipe.

Short Cooked Broth
for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens

You can also choose to make short cooked broth instead of bone broth.
For the short-cooked bone broth recipe:
Parsley Water
for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens

If your dog or cat has liver problems, kidney or gall bladder problems or is pregnant or lactating do not use parsley water. Parsley is high in oxalates and can cause issues for dogs or cats with renal issues.

Add parsley water to your dog or cat’s food during deworming treatment. Parsley is rich in many nutrients, it is also a natural diuretic.
  1. Boil 1 quart of water
  2. Add one bunch of fresh parsley (curly parsley, Italian flat leaf parsley, etc.) to the boiling water
  3. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool
  5. Remove the parsley and discard it
  6. Pour the liquid into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator
  • 1 tbsp parsley water (for every 10 lbs of body weight) once a day for 10 days.
Rooibos Tea
for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens

For dogs and cats with renal issues, use Rooibos Tea instead of parsley water. 
Health benefits of Rooibos tea, and;
How to use rooibos tea:
Food To Support Worming Treatment
When treating your dog or cat for worms it is important to include foods in their diet that naturally:
  1. Help with the expulsion of the parasite (foods ‘scrub’ the weakened worms out of the digestive tract).
  2. Boost the immune system.
  3. Sooth inflamed intestinal walls.
  4. Help to kill parasites and prevent re-infestation.
Select at least one of the foods below to include in the worming protocol.
Carrot or Garden Beet (not sugar beet)
for puppies and dogs
Add to each meal one of the following (fresh, grated or finely chopped – organic is best) to help cleanse the digestive tract and scrub parasites away in combination with using a dewormer.
Daily Dosage
  • Carrots ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day
  • Beets ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day

Papaya, fresh pureed
For dogs and puppies
Papaya contains four natural anti-parasitic compounds that have strong worm-killing properties. Naturally occurring enzymes in papaya also aid digestion.
More about the health benefits of papaya for dogs and puppies.
 Daily Dosage 
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbs.
For dogs, puppies, cats and kittens
Turmeric helps reduce inflammation of the intestine walls caused by worms.
More about the health benefits or turmeric,
Dosing instructions,
Cautions, etc;

Yogurt or Kefir
 For dogs, puppies, cats and kittens
Plain, natural yogurt and kefir, no additives, sweeteners - are rich in beneficial probiotics (microorganisms) that help to keep disease causing microorganisms at bay while replenishing the intestinal tract with friendly flora.
Health benefits,
How to select appropriate products,

3. Natural Herbal Wormers

  1. Garlic
  2. Grapefruit Seed
  3. Pumpkin Seed
  4. Cloves
  5. Goldenseal
  6. Black Walnut Hull
When treating an infestation of intestinal worms, a typical worming protocol is: dose for 7 days up to 10 days, then withhold dosing for 7 days. Then dose for 7 up to 10 days. Then stop dosing.
Choose one or several of the natural wormers listed below, based on your dog or cat's personal situation.

Garlic (Allium sativum)
For dogs and puppies over 6 months of age
Garlic is an effective immune system booster and is also effective in preventing and treating infestations of intestinal worms and giardia.
In 2008, a scientific study was done in which Garlic was tested against Ivermectin. Garlic proved to be an effective natural alternative to conventional synthetic-chemical pesticide worming agents such as Ivermectin.
For more information on garlic for dogs, go to this article.

How to Include Garlic in Your Dog’s Diet 
  • You can decide to give your dog garlic just during worming treatment, or;
  • You can add garlic to your your dog's daily diet if she self-selects it.
  • Learn about self-selection in this article.
  • Chop, mince, crush or press the garlic and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before giving the garlic to your dog or cat;
  • This gives the allinn and alliinase sufficient time to undergo the enzymic reaction that creates allicin.
Recommended Daily Dosage for Dogs
  • 1 clove fresh garlic (or 1 tsp minced/finely chopped) per every 30 lbs of body weight per day.
Interactions, Cautions
  • If your dog is on a blood thinner:
    • Garlic can slow down blood clotting, garlic may increase the efficacy of the blood thinner warfarin.
    • The dosage of the blood thinner may need to be adjusted.

Grapefruit Seed – Pulverized Seed or Extract
For dogs, puppies and cats and kittens

The benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) were first noted in 1972 by physicist Dr. Jacob Harich who observed its broad spectrum use as an antibacterial and antiviral remedy. You can read more about Dr. Jacob Harich and the history of GSE here.

Grapefruit seeds contain active ingredients that are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and more. Grapefruit seed extract is known to be excellent for treating internal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, it is used topically to treat and remedy skin diseases, external injuries and fungal infections.
  • University of Georgia researchers found that GSE is an effective antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasitic agent for fighting many viral and bacterial infections, including E. coli.
  • Additional findings have proven that GSE is a highly effective treatment for:
  • 800 bacterial and viral strains.
  • 100 strains of fungi, and.
  • A multitude of single and multi-celled parasites. 
GSE is also an immune system booster. It contains:
  • Hesperidin (a bioflavonoid), well known for its potent immune system benefits;
  • Vitamin C, Citric  Acid, sterols and multiple additional antioxidants that aid the immune system’s ability to battle infections. 
It is important to note that GSE extract is NOT a truly natural substance. GSE extract is a highly processed substance, processing includes the use of synthetic chemicals. 

For additional health benefits, cautions and interactions go to
this article.
Grapefruit Seed Can be Administered Two Ways for Deworming
  • Pulverized seeds can be used as an ingested treatment sprinkled on top of food;
  • Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) drops can be mixed into the food.

Liquid GSE:
  • Minimum dosage - 0.5 drops per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight;
  • Maximum dosage - 10 to 15 drops per every 10 lbs of body weight 3 times a day;
Pulverized GSE:
  • 8 mg per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight.

Pumpkin (Pepitas) Seed or Oil
For dogs, puppies, cats and kittens


Pumpkin seeds (shelled) and pumpkin seed oil provide:
  • Antimicrobial support
  • Antioxidant support
  • Nutrient support
  • Natural wormer
Use raw, shelled pumpkin seeds - certified organic raw is best. 
For worming purposes, use pumpkin seed along with another natural wormer. Pumpkin seed on its own will not resolve an infestation of worms.

  • Grind the pumpkin seeds to a fine powder (you can use a mortar and pestle, a coffee grinder, a food processor, etc.);
  1. Add the ground pumpkin seeds to your dog or cat's food once a day for two weeks.
  2. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, vitamin A and are high in protein.
  3. You can also choose to add pumpkin seed to your dog or cat diet on a regular, daily basis.
  4. For more information on the benefits of pumpkin seeds go to this article.
Choose pumpkin seed or pumpkin seed powder
Pumpkin seed powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of body weight
Pumpkin seed oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of body weight.
  • Ground pumpkin seed should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • If storing for many months, it is best to freeze the ground seeds to avoid loss of health benefits.
Not for puppies, cats and kittens

Cloves have many health benefits and have been used for both their medicinal and culinary properties by humans dating back 2000 years.  Their benefit in the fight against internal parasites is two-fold:
  • Cloves contain a compound that increases the white blood cell count which boosts your dog’s immune system – a healthy dog is not a good host for a parasite infestation;
  • Cloves contain potent antibacterial properties and anti-parasitic properties.
As cloves are potent they should not form part of a dog’s regular year-around daily diet. The use of cloves should be restricted to a several week period once or twice a year.
  • Small dogs – use ¼ of a whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once a day for a week, then skip a week and repeat dosage one more time.
  • Medium size dogs - use ½ of a whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once a day for a week, then skip a week and repeat dosage one more time.
  • Large size dogs - use 1 whole dry clove, crushed and mixed into food once a day for a week, then skip a week and repeat dosage one more time.
Use certified organic if at all possible.

Cautions – do not use whole dry or fresh cloves, ground, powdered cloves, clove oil on pregnant dogs as clove is a uterine stimulant

For dogs and cats

Goldenseal is an antimicrobial agent and digestive aid that enhances the medicinal qualities of herbs that it is blended with. Goldenseal contains berberine, a compound that works against parasites such as giardia, liver fluke and pinworms.

Preparation and Dosage:
  • Goldenseal dosage as noted in table below under - blend the appropriate amount of cloves and golden seal and mix into food.
Body Weight
Maximum Dosage of Golden Seal per day
1-10 lbs
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose

Black Walnut Hull (Juglans nigra)
Not for puppies and kittens

Black walnut hull:
  • Must be used with caution as they have high levels of tannin and alkaloids.
  • Is not to be used as a regular supplement on a long-term daily basis. 
  • Black walnut hull should only be used:
  • when worming is required or
  • periodically to help keep your dog worm-free
  • Do not use of a prolonged period of time. 
  • Example of dosing schedule for worming: dose 7 days on 14 days off, then repeat. Then stop use.
  • Example of dosing to help maintain an intestinal worm-free state: dose 3 days per month.
  • First time use: start with 1 drop per day then increase by an additional drop per day to the maximum amount per body weight.
  • Tincture form (regular strength, do not use extra strength):
    • 1 drop for every 10 pounds of body weight
  • Capsule form:
    • ¼ of a 500mg capsule for dogs 5 to 25 pounds
    • ½ capsule for dogs 25 lbs and up

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  1. Hi, if I use the pumpkin seeds I dont need to use the oil as well do I?

  2. LOVE your page and all the great natural advice I found. Our dogs are on a "raw" foods only diet, and oldest for his health after being poisoned. At 14 he acts as though he's still a pup! Thanks for all the tips on deworming!! Great to see someone with a sense of the psychology of the "parent" and animal....LOLOL........our's are both rescue dogs that came with issues, we love them and have worked hard to earn that love and respect back! Thanks again.

  3. how much grinded pumpkin seed for a cat? you gave amounts for dogs. My cat is about 12 pounds. Thanking you kindly.....

    1. The dosage provided int he article above is by body weight for either dogs or cats - I will repeat it here for you...

      1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of body weight, in combination with;

      1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil (or wheat germ oil) for every 10 lbs of body weight.

      Cheers, Karen

  4. I have 9 beautiful Boxer/Collie pups who are 4 weeks old. Would you recommend the pumpkin seeds dewormer for a first time wormer?

  5. Great site!!! Thank you for all the great information.

  6. Hi, can you give GFS or pumpkin seed to kittens?

    1. You can give kittens pumpkin seed or pumpkin oil

  7. My kitten is 10 weeks old and I just saw visible, live worms in her feces. What is the safest and most effective treatment for her? and would you suggest treating the mother cat and my dog just to be safe?

    1. Use finely ground pumpkin seeds + pumpkin oil and some finely minced fresh ginger (dosage for ginger can be found on my article on ginger)

      Yes you should treat mother and dog

  8. Super article, tonnes of good information. Thank you!

    I was surprised Coconut oil was not included in this list of "anti" foodssince it is anti-fungal,parasitic, bacterial & viral.

    My dogs love their Coco-Nutty Oil, noting when it comes out of the cupboard, LOL. They pirouette for the oil.

    Also, I wondered if the GSE or grapefruit seeds could have contradictions in treatment,as people on blood thinners (heart meds) are told to avoid grapefruit.

    1. Hi JB,

      Coconut oil proper daily dosage and full range of health benefits here I would not rely on coconut oil on its own to provide full deworming.

      GSE has many interactions and should not be used when certain health conditions are present - go to the link provided under the section on GSE above or here

  9. Is it OK to do more than one of these preventative treatments? For example. Can I do DE and pumpkin oil for an older puppy under one year?

  10. Thank you so much for the insight, extremely useful information, and easy-to-read format. I'll probably go the "conventional" treatment route this time (me and the kitty share a small space and I just can't imagine 10 more days with the tapeworms), but I will DEFINITELY use the info you've provided for prevention purposes. This is my 1st time living with a feline. It's quite different from a canine, so I'm learning and adjusting. This site has been a HUGE help. Thanks, again!
    - Mo in GA

  11. Dear Karen!

    Thank You tons for this page! However I just wanted to ask You to clarify, which of the recommended treatments would be safe for my pregnant Pomeranian (she is 4 weeks pregnant), that unfortunately seems to have warms and flees I don't want her to pass them on to her pups! Will be looking forward to hearing form You!

    1. For that you would require a consultation - the fact that she has both fleas and worms points to issues with her diet - which also means that she will continue to get infested unless this is addressed properly.

    2. Dear Karen!

      Her diet has not changed - she is 6 years old and I'm feeding her as usual - grains (rise, oats)+fresh or steamed organic vegetables+yogurt or cottage cheese+ 2 oz/per day dry dog food. I'm guessing that she might have worms, cause I have only dewormed her once about 2 years ago as a precaution, using vet pharmacy medicines. I just wanted to do it again just to be sure. Fleas unfortunately she has - I washed her with natural flee-repellent shampoo a week ago, but yesterday I found a living flee on her. I have ordered DE after reading you article, but just wanted to clarify which other of the recommended products she can use while she's pregnant? We live in a multistory house - there are many dogs and it is a common problem to get fleas in autumn, as they hide in communal area from cold. Please help us with your advice!

    3. As noted above - she has fleas because her diet contains inappropriate items which make her blood acidic - which makes her attractive to fleas and other parasites.

  12. Cats can be difficult when trying to administer worm medication. Can one of your above solutions be baked into a homemade cat treat and still be effective?

    1. No, baking destroys the active properties that make the items effective.

  13. I LOVE this site! I have an 11 Y/O Chihuahua that weighs 5 lbs. He has trachea trouble every few months and is allergic to fleas. No smoking is allowed in my home,no scented candles and so on. I did take him off heartworm pills 2 years ago..that took care of the worms. I don't believe he has worms at this time...but what would you suggest I give just in case? Just the pumpkin seeds or oil? Or a combination of what? Thanks so much in advance!

    1. You can use the seeds or the oil as part of his daily long-term diet to discourage parasites. The efficacy of either to prevent worms depends on the health of his overall diet.

  14. This web site is GREAT!! Thank you for all the great advice!

    Question: you provide a great list of dewormers, but I did not see anything to help against heart worms. Unless I missed it!?

    Thank you!! And keep up the good work! :)

    1. In order to avoid an infestation of heart worm via natural means a dog must be on a properly designed diet, and for that I offer holistic diet nutrition wellness plans.

  15. where would I find the food grade DE?

  16. Hi. What kind of pumpkin seed oil? I have refined virgin oil. I realise unrefined would be better. But is what I have still OK to use and beneficial to dogs? Thanks.

  17. Are pumpkin seeds safe for cats as a deworming aid? What else is good? I'm really hesitant about using the stuff from the vet. Thanks in advance

    1. Pumpkin seeds are safe for cats as a worm deterrent and deworming aid, and should be used in combination with an appropriate diet. The veterinarian prescribed dewormers are potent pesticides containing toxins and carcinogens. If you require additional help it is available via my consultation services.

  18. Your pack is so cute. I have a little pom that I love, he's so cute and fun. I love reading your tips for natural alternatives.

  19. hello. thank you for your post. i've been taking care of feral cats and they, without surprise, have a host of problems. one cat in particular has been vomiting round worms. when you suggest choosing a dewormer, are you recommending the use of one or can a combination of two or even more be ok? i was thinking of using both DE and grapefruit seed extract in the cats food to attack both the fleas and the round worms. also, should i sprinkle DE all around the yard? thank you for your time and advice!

    1. You can give both. DE can be used around the yard.

  20. Hi Karen,

    I've been following the pumpkin seed deworm treatment for two weeks as of today for my 4-year-old dog with tapeworms. There is no sign that the infestation is going away. Live tapeworms in stool. I am frustrated, knowing that the dog is still suffering the infestation. Any advice? Thank you.

    1. Pumpkin seeds alone will not rid your dog of tapeworms - a consultation on deworming is recommended to resolve this.

  21. Hi Karen,

    My year and a half old, 35 pound dog has been constipated on and off the last three weeks. Recently I noticed worms in his stool. He is eating a species appropriate raw diet. I am planning to give him:

    papaya seed powder
    tumeric tincture
    food grade DE
    grapefruit seed tincture
    ground pumpkin seeds
    crushed cloves
    goldenseal tincture

    Is it ok to do this all together and can I give it for longer than the 10 days to make sure I can get out as much as possible?

    Also, to help with/prevent reinfestation, how often can I give these again? I was not perfect in picking up his poop before, and I know that worms can live a long time in the ground. He likes to lick/groom
    his paws daily, so I am sure he will continue to ingest them... Thank you!

  22. Hi Karen I gave a cat that was infested with tapeworms grinned pumpkin seed and the oil also.He has been on it for about 4 days.Excuse the description but they were coming out of him in large clumps(at least 8 at a time)all twisted together.Is this what I am suppose to expect to happen?

    1. Yes that is what happens when a kittie has a bad infestation.

  23. Hi, thanks for all of this info. This is my first time having a puppy & she has roundworms. She has pooped around our yard. Is there anything I can sprinkle around the yard to kill any possible eggs? I have 2 young children.

  24. Hi, Its there something natural that would cover lungworm ?

  25. Awesome site! We just took in a 5 week old kitten and noticed she's scooting. Going to try the ground pumpkin seeds with DE. I use coconut oil with brewers yeast treats for my dog and she hasn't had worms since i started that. Couldn't find any info that those would be beneficial to kitties too.

  26. Hey Karen,

    I saw something worm like(dead i guess) in my dogs stool and he has been scooting lately so i wanted to go ahead and deworm him, no other symptom. I give him garlic almost daily. I purchased DE and will do for 10 days and also organic raw pumpkin seed but I couldn't find the oil.

    So this page says to give 1/4 tsp per 10 pound of pumpkin seed powder (raja is 12.4lb maltese) but your homemade dog food page says 1/2 tablespoon for small dog so which dose should I use ?

    1. Normal dosage for pumpkin seed is 1/4 tsp up to 1/2 tsp for small dogs.

  27. Which one of these treatments would treat coccidia in dogs? I rescued a young adult with it. I scrub clean pick up waste and it always comes back. Help please. I don't want anymore drugs from the vet. Thank you so much. Love your site!

    1. If you are feeding your dog kibble his/her immune system is not supported, it will instead be weakened so the chance of chronic issue is very high. Read my articles on feeding fresh food. A truly good diet is the primary intervention. Wormers for this issue include a combination of black walnut, DE, Pau D'arco and Golden Paste - go to the articles on my site.


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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

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Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

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A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

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