Is your dog getting enough protection from the toxins in his world?
Let’s face it, we live in a pretty toxic world and even when we feed our dogs well they are still exposed to many toxins. By helping his body detox more efficiently you’ll reduce and prevent disease.
The good news is that there are a few great ways you can detox your dog. And today I want to share one simple way you can boost his meals for detox support. And no, you don’t need to have Fido drink three green smoothies each morning. I’m talking about adding a simple natural clay. Yep, dirt will clean your dog!
Using Bentonite Clay For Detox Support In Dogs
Bentonite is a negatively charged, highly absorbent clay. Native American tribes call bentonite ‘Ea-Wah-Kee’ which means “the mud that heals”. There are different types of bentonite clay, depending on the dominant mineral within its sodium, calcium, potassium, etc. It’s mainly comprised of aged volcanic ash. And it’s healing qualities and ability to draw out toxins are known throughout the world. Applications of bentonite clay can be used for:
- Digestive disturbances like constipation, bloating, gas
- Skin and allergy issues
- Recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
Its effectiveness is due to its charge. This allows it to pull charged toxins from the body. And then together are eliminated through your dog’s stool.
Using Bentonite Clay Topically In Dogs
There are several ways to use bentonite clay externally for your dog to help heal and soothe his skin.
As a paste:
- You can mix it with equal parts of filtered water in a glass container.
- Don’t allow the clay to touch metal or you’ll risk reducing its effectiveness.
- Apply it as a paste to itchy skin, bug bites or other skin maladies. Allow the clay to fully dry and then wash it off.
- This paste is also great as a pet-friendly toothpaste.
As a poultice:
- You can use it as a poultice also for a more potent application. Simply apply the paste to the area and wrap it carefully with wet gauze or cloth.
- Be very careful to monitor the wrap so it doesn’t shift or ‘cord’ around the area and tighten.
- Dampen and rewrap every two hours until the desired treatment has been achieved.
- For treating mastitis, apply a paste or mask to the affected area to help draw out the toxins in the body. Repeat hourly.
A soothing bath:
- Add a 1/2 -1 cup of Bentonite clay to a bathtub for general detoxification.
- Let your dog soak for 20 minutes or so if he will allow it. This is a great option for dogs who have many areas of irritated skin.
Benefits Of Feeding Bentonite Clay To Your Dog
Several reports state that dogs have evolved to eat clay to counteract environmental and synthetic toxins … So your dog naturally knows how beneficial these clays are.
Feed it often will help to aid in recovering from sickness and prevent it.
- You can add some bentonite clay to your pet’s water. Or you can give it orally with a dropper when he develops vomiting, diarrhea or other illness.
- Calcium bentonite clay is also effective at treating internal parasites.
- It supports detoxification of the liver and kidneys. Which is helpful as both are prone to becoming overloaded.
Bentonite Clay Dosing For Dogs
Feeding your dog 1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon daily will provide him with all the health benefits of this clay.
You can typically find it as a nutrition supplement at your health food store.
Or you can choose a commercial nutrition support product that includes bentonite clay in it. You can then follow their dosing recommendations and provide added detox support at the same time.
REMEMBER to make sure your dog has plenty of clean water always available. It’s highly absorbable so you don’t want to cause any constipation issues. And it’s a good idea to take breaks from supplementation every few weeks. So consider it as part of his rotation of stomach support products.
Caution feeding bentonite clay if your dog is on any medications or herbal remedies. You’ll want to check in with your holistic vet first to make sure that it won’t interfere. And if your dog is pregnant or nursing you’ll want to avoid using bentonite clay orally.