toxins are found in the air your dog breathes, the water he drinks, and the food he eats. It’s important that you know how to cleanse your dog.
Every day, your dog is exposed.
- Heavy metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and nickel.
- Volatile organic compounds can be found in paints.
- Food additives and medicinal drugs
It is important to learn how to cleanse your dog of chemical toxins because they are never-ending.
A Toxic Environment
There are thousands of chemicals in the environment.
Ninety percent of the people have never been tested for safety.
Human breast milk is considered to be the most toxic beverage in the world, as it is estimated that the average newborn today will have more toxins in its body than any other beverage.
If you haven’t been depressed enough, I want to remind you that many of these toxic substances have cumulative effects.
Mercury and aluminum are toxins that are included in vaccines. They wreak havoc on themselves. They are like a nuclear bomb hitting the nervous system in combination.
What about pesticides, pesticides, pesticides, and more pesticides? They replace the plastic bottles with bottles made with the alternative substance. So what are the things that make up the BPS? Why are they any better than before? Louise, you’re really bad!
And then there is God Move Over, oh my!
The FDA has turned a blind eye to the subject, the studies are vague at best, and the subject is huge. They do not add to the plant’s nutrition nor do they serve it.
It’s not our health that’s at stake, it’s the profit increase that’s at stake.
GMO foods in livestock have been shown to damage virtually every organ. (see None).
Is it likely that the risks to humans and our pets are the same as they are for the livestock?
Our animals are exposed to hundreds of more toxins than us, and at higher rates. Animals, the fetus, infants, and the elderly are more likely to have slower metabolizers of drugs.
Do you know if your dog is overweight or hypothyroid?
If you can help your dog get rid of toxins, it can be helpful.
If your dog has the FLC Syndrome (Dr Mark Hyman coined this: the “Feel Like Crap” Syndrome) then his or her thyroid hormones might be blocked.
You wonder what they are blocked from. Of course, toxins.
It is possible that your dog is experiencing the hypothyroid state and FLC Syndrome because his metabolism is slowed and it is difficult to burn fat.
And if he does burn calories from fat, well, sorry to say, you’ve released the toxins stored, sometimes making the FLC syndrome worse. Help!
The hormones that regulate appetite control are damaged by adding gas to the fire above. Heavy metals can block leptin, a hormone that tells your brain you are full.
I forgot to mention that all these toxins cause inflammation in the body.
How To Detox Your Dog: Four Major Systems
Hypothyroidism symptoms and FLC Syndrome are a thing of the past, how do we help the body so that they don’t show up again?
Eliminate or decrease any environmental toxins in the food, air, water, ground, asphalt, and food bowls.
Supporting the body to naturally excrete toxins is the second thing. These organs are able to keep us clean. Life can be good with a little help from their friends.
The body uses four different systems to cleanse itself.
- The lyme is the most complex organ that can cleanse thousands of substances.
- The Gastrointestinal Tract is the best place to remove solid waste.
- The skin is the largest organ for detoxification.
- Kidney – best at removing water-soluble toxins
How To Detox Your Dog’s Liver
A healthy liver might be able to detoxify many toxins …
Considering the volume and types, it is better if your pet can get help from their friends.
Helping the liver do what it already is programed to do can reduce.
- There are some symptoms of allergies.
- Weight gain
- Skin disease
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic infections
- There are issues with the Gastrointestinal.
- Headaches depression
- Autoimmune disease
- And – quite likely – the free radical damage leading to cancer.
In toxic times, a balanced, fresh diet may not be enough for the immune system of the body.
Adding a “liver formula” to the diet can make the work easier. Simple B vitamins like folinic acid (or folate), B12, Niacin (B3), Riboflavin (B2), start the process. Other team members include: amino acids, antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E), trace minerals (selenium, copper, zinc, manganese), bioflavonoids, silymarin (milk thistle), garlic, onions (yes, you are reading this correctly, in small amounts!), cruciferous vegetables and others, all help keep the process moving.
A fresh clean diet combined with a liver formula that includes these nutrients can rock the body.
It is possible to understand a little science so you can support your precious pet’s precious liver. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz.
First, the liver takes fat-soluble toxins like:
- Prescription drugs
- From agriculture
- Food additives
- Household pollutants
The activation phase is the first phase of the process of detoxification.
The diagram shows how toxins enter the body and how they go through chemical reactions to become more water-soluble and then excreted through the urine or feces.
If there are plenty of nutrients to support the second phase (Phase II), called Detoxification, the process moves along smoothly.
The fat-soluble chemicals we have stored in our fat tissues become water-soluble and are washed away.
Way to go to the other side!
This can be a problem if there is not enough nutrition in his diet. Phase II is supported by the amino acids glycine, taurine, cysteine, methionine, n-acetylcysteine, and glutamine.
Toxic intermediates are a problem in the system because of the blocked detox pathway.
If Phase I toxic intermediates don’t move down the line, the situation is even more toxic than before.
In order to have a smooth and efficient cleanse, there must be a balance between Phase I and Phase II.
In the winter, this is a major highway: ice-packed accidents, no one moving, chaos everywhere.
It isn’t until the tow trucks, police, snow removal equipment, and the sun come out to remove the obstacles that that order can occur again.
The same thing is happening to the liver. If we give the liver some extra help, it will be able to create order out of the madness.
The organ is pretty amazing.
Supplements To Support Your Dog’s Detox
If your pet is already on a raw food diet, why use supplements?
Nutritionists ask, if our soils are depleted of nutrients, really, how Are we well-nourished? We might be deficient in calories, but deficient in nutrition.
If we are nutrient-poor, our detox functions don’t make the grade. It’s no different for your dog. Providing good groceries and clean supplements can go a long way to nurturing None.
For about a month, use these products, then take a break for a few weeks. If your animal has any symptoms that worry you stop the cleanse.
The animal should feel fine, even if some discharges occur naturally.
Inflammation can result from the release of endotoxins asbacteria die off, which can result in more serious reactions like the Herxheimer type.
If you see more severe symptoms, back off on the cleanse and things will get better. A dose or two of Nux vomica 30C should help.
Vitamin C could be the most important antioxidant for the liver. Even though dogs and cats produce their own, a little extra help during a toxic exposure or a cleanse is prudent and easy.
Mixed ascorbates are buffered, very absorbable and economical. Whole food Vitamin C from plant sources such as camu camu and acerola berries are very absorbable.
Related: How To Give Your Dog Vitamins
The most well-known darling of liver support is silymarin (milk thistle) for both humans and canines. It’s said that ancient Rome used plenty of this flowering Aster plant – it was a party city after all!
Silymarin helps protect the liver cells from toxins and their effects on the body.
It is not recommended to use it unless there is an acute exposure, and for short periods only.
Related: Milk Thistle For Your Dog!
Glutathione is important for both phases of the process of removing toxins from the body. Cats can’t make large amounts of glutathione, which makes them vulnerable to toxicity and death.
It’s estimated that up to 45 percent of liver disease in dogs is caused by low glutathione levels. Because of it’s expense to produce, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and alpha-lipoic acid serve as precursors for it’s production in the body.
Alpha-lipoic acid can help regulate blood sugars and N-acetylcysteine can fight infections.
Related: Spot The Early Signs Of Liver Disease In Dogs
The body of these building blocks will usually be insured by a highprotein diet, but a little more will make sure there is adequate flow of food and water. It’s even better if you have taurine and glycine in your formula.
S-adenosyl-L-methionine, is known as SAMe, is produced naturally in the body by amino acids and is another precursor to glutathione. SAMe improves detoxification, reduces inflammation and serves as an antioxidant.
The B-complex vitamins are used to produce energy, a lot of energy, for the detox process. B vitamins, particularly B6, B12, folate/folinic acid (not folic acid) are involved in methylation (see Phase I detox). Use a B-complex unless they are in your detox formula.
There are bioflavonoids such as…
- From citrus
- Pycnogenol/pine bark
- Grape seed extract
- Green tea
These are important food-based vitamins that can be used as part of a combo formula.
How To Detox Your Dog’s Gastrointestinal System
Thank goodness we have many pathways for clearing our bodies of toxins. Extra layers of back-up would never leave us without the intelligence of the body. The poop chute is the best place to help remove solid waste products.
The GI is involved in a number of critical functions.
- You know about the storage and breakdown of food.
- The production of hormones and bile for digestion.
- And the absorption of nutrients and vitamins
The GI system provides immune protection against bacteria with antibodies and against parasite invasion with acid production.
It helps to maintain psycho/emotional well being by being the primary producer of serotonin.
The gut flora is a fascinating and complex organisms. Up to 100 trillion organisms can be found in humans.
The research is looking at how many microbes dogs have, and how important they are to our health.
A healthy microbiome is responsible for the production of B and K vitamins, and for the metabolism of toxins released from unfriendly gut bacteria. Here we are again at detox!
Related: Feed Your Dog’s Microbiome (Not Just Your Dog)
Adding a healthy mix of friendly probiotics and their lunch (called prebiotics) either daily or weekly can nourish the family microbiome.
You need to include various families of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Bacillus, and, if possible, the friendly yeast Saccharomyces boulardii.
How To Detox Your Dog’s Skin
Exposure to toxins is great because of the large surface area of the skin.
While the skin is constantly turning over cells – sloughing layers of dead skin, bacteria, oils, toxins, and grime – it’s important to help this process.
Using a loofah sponge on a dog or cat isn’t practical or very user-friendly, nor is putting your dog or cat in an infrared sauna.
Pets only perspire through the soles of their feet, while humans have sweat glands over most of their body.
Nevertheless, they can detox through their pores, without sweating. A stimulating and soothing detox bath will do wonders.
Many people ask me: how often do I have to bathe my pet?
For indoor/outdoor pets a minimum of 4 times a year: Quarterly/ seasonally. Possibly more depending on toxin exposure, age, health, and diet.
Metro pets are required to play at heavily used parks once a month. For country dogs who are always into something crazy.
During the spring and fall, always bathe to open the pores and release dead hair, and in the fall to ease the second shed of the year.
Stress on the skin and body can be caused by too frequent bathing, which can destroy the natural oils.
How To Detox Your Dog’s Kidneys
The kidneys are very efficient at keeping everything that needs to stay in the body. They keep red blood cells, platelets, amino acids, glucose, minerals, and some water – while toxins are allowed to pass through.
This filtration process happens up to 70 times a day so really little needs to be done to improve kidney detox unless there are problems with the kidneys or bladder.
A bath is not an option if your animal has a problem with the kidneys.
Dehydration and toxic waste build-up make for a very ill animal when the kidneys can’t filter out waste products but can’t filter out water.
There are a few things that should be considered.
- Don’t add a lot of water to a raw food diet if your animal is not drinking enough water.
- Cats are not big drinkers of water and were originally from the deserts of Persia. Some will drink more if they have a disease that affects the body’s excretion of sugars.
- By adding small amounts of water to any animal’s food during the driest times of the year and during detox will ensure the kidneys are flushing.
- Diluting some organic milk or meat broth can encourage drinking when detoxing.
Small Changes, Huge Benefits
Don’t worry, whatever you do, don’t worry! This is a process, not a single event.
Over time, small changes will create enormous benefits for your pets. The environmental exposure to chemical toxins cannot be completely avoided.
Fortunately, it is possible to reduce your pet’s exposure by the choices you make. Feeding as much organic, clean, natural foods as you can will enhance the body’s amazing ability to detox safely.
Yours is in the best health possible.
I mean, Dr Dee is the doctor.