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Your Pet Needs a Detox, Too

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You might think that detox is only for people, but it turns out that pets need to detox too. Your dog, but especially your cat, have much smaller organs than people, and it’s much easier to get overloaded with toxins. Toxins might come from unnecessary vaccinations, mercury from fish, microplastic, arsenic, processed foods, environmental toxins, flea and parasite preventives, pesticides and more. Whether you are a proud caretaker of a cat or a dog, you should follow these pet detox tips.

You Are What You Eat

When buying food for your pet, concentrate on the amount of quality protein and healthy animal or other fats included in the food. These include; chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon oil, hemp oil, chicken fat, etc. Avoid foods with artificial colors, preservatives, bone meal, animal digest, soy, wheat, and corn, which might cause allergies. Sometimes beef can cause allergies in dogs, so if your dog suffers from allergies, it’s best to avoid it.

Including probiotics and prebiotics in your dog diet, is very beneficial. Probiotics can come in the form of kefir, raw goat milk or sauerkraut, and prebiotics in the form of pumpkin or cooked yam (sweet potatoes). If your dog suffers from severe unbalance in the gut, you should consult the veterinarian about specialized probiotic formulas for dogs.

Cats are carnivores, so their diet has to consist of mostly meat. When cooking for a cat, you can prepare some lightly salted chicken, turkey, beef, lamb or rabbit. Some cats also love a treat in the form of cooked shrimp or fish.

A Quick Fast

Light fasting is another good way to help detox in animals. For the best pet detox results, practice this method once a week. You can serve water, meat broth, small amounts of poultry and bones to chew, if you are fasting your dog. This type of fasting will improve your pet’s overall health, but you might find it hard, especially if your pet is always hungry and begging for food.

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t vaccinate your pet when it’s not necessary (consult your veterinarian)
  • Use natural-based preventives for fleas, ticks, and parasites
  • Don’t give them antibiotics and other medication, if they don’t need them (consult your vet)
  • Don’t use deodorants, chemicals, detergents, and other harmful products, around your pet

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If you follow these tips, you can prevent large amounts of potential toxins from entering your pet’s system. Invest in your pet’s health, and their long, healthy, happy life will be your reward.







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Using homeopathic remedies for pet care has been long been a debated topic in veterinary medicine. The consensus, thus far, is that there is a lack of evidence supporting the idea that homeopathic remedies are effective in veterinary medicine. In short, no, your pet does not need a detox. If you suspect your pet has been exposed to something toxic or poisonous, seek veterinary care from a licensed veterinarian immediately! If you’re concerned that your pet has food or seasonal allergies, seek advice from a veterinarian prior to beginning any treatment plans. I also offer that unless your pet has an upcoming surgery or medical procedure, fasting is unnecessary. Like humans, animals are also incredible machines whose organs are constantly working together to maintain balance. If your pet has gastrointestinal issues and you’re interested in supplementing their diet with a pre- or pro- biotic, discuss options and products with your veterinarian. Your pet’s annual vet checkup is an excellent opportunity to discuss any issues and associated treatment options. I encourage anyone considering a homeopathic or ‘natural’ remedy instead of a vaccine or flea/tick/heartworm medication to strongly reconsider. Finally, under no circumstances should dog flea and tick medication be given to cats.
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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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