“Detox your dog?” I hear you enquire. Why on earth would we need to do that?
January is the month where people decide to re-join the gym, cut out sugar, lose weight, detox, drink green smoothies or to generally lead a healthier life style.
But what about our dogs?
Who is helping them get rid of the toxins and heavy metals that build up in their body over a lifetime?
Heavy metals that they inhale, drink and ingest in every day life. Just as we do.
It’s our responsibility as their guardians to help reduce the toxic load on our pets.
So first why do you even need to detox your dog?
First of all the body requires extremely trace amounts of a few metals, but too often, we and our dogs are getting too much.
A toxic overload.
Heavy metals and toxins are everywhere in our environment. Metals such as mercury, lead and aluminium to name but a few.
They are in the air that we and they breathe, the food they are fed and the water they drink.
These contain heavy contain heavy metals like aluminium and mercury which cause a huge burden on the immune system and take a long time to expel from the body.
Heavy metals are damaging both to your health and that of your pet. But how?
Once in the body, they can cause damage at the cellular level by initiating oxidative stress. This damage can contribute to the development of many diseases and health problems.
Some of the more severe effects are:
reduced growth and development
nervous system damage
autoimmunity where the individual’s immune system starts to attack it’s own cells
joint diseases like arthritis,
Click here for more information how each of the heavy metals we are exposed to on a daily basis can affect our health. Written by the Center for Hazardous Substance Research, Kansas State University.
So how can we reduce the toxins our dogs come into contact with on a daily basis?
Here are a couple of simple changes you can make to reduce your dog’s exposure to toxins and heavy metals:
Filter their water
Feed fresh food rather than processed food
Don’t feed too much fish
Titer test, don’t over vaccinate your pets. Click here for more information on titer testing
Ensure their food at water bowls aren’t plastic or contain aluminium. Check out Becobowls made from waste plant fibres.
Get physical – movement gets the blood flowing more efficiently and helps lymph drainage, so the liver and kidneys become more effect at removing toxins.
No Smoking! If there are any smokers in the home, banish them to the great outdoors!
Want help reducing their current toxic load?
Think seaweed absolute.
Seaweed contains sodium alginate and at least 70 vitamins, enzymes, minerals, trace elements and proteins, vitamins B1, B12, B2, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and iodine.
The Sodium alginate binds to heavy metals and even radioactive substances, and removes them from the body
healthy liver function
healthy gut flora
healthy metabolism (contains iodine)
healthy joints and movement
healthy skin and coat
a healthy immune system.
As the seaweed is highly concentrated and is in a liquid form, it’s absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.
Our soil is so depleted of vitamins and minerals that both we and our dogs aren’t getting the level of nutrients we need through our food alone. So taking seaweed is another way to ensure both our dogs and ourselves are getting the levels we need for optimum health.
How do I administer it?
As dog’s have an innate ability to self-medicate, simply offer the seaweed from the bottle. He or she may choose to inhale the molecules or they may choose to lick it. Some will take it straight from the bottle from your finger, others prefer it to be slightly more diluted in an oil such as rice bran oil. Offer this daily until there is no further interest.
Do not add it to their food.
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Rachel Windsor-Knott, owner of My Animal Matters Ltd, is an Animal Wellness Practitioner, specialising in Botanical Self-healing and a Dog Behaviour Therapist.
Her goal is for the beautiful process of Botanical Self-Healing to become a natural part of sharing your life with your animals.