Detox & Wellness
The food your dog eats, the air they breathe, and the water they drink all contain a common ingredient… toxins.
Then we add to their toxic burden with vaccines, anaesthetics and pesticides which we impose on their systems regularly, and all this builds up.
Knowing how to help your dog detox is key to maintaining their health and wellness.
What toxins could your dog be exposed to?
- Mycotoxins such as ‘aflotoxin’ are mould toxins that can grown in dry dog food during its production and storage.
- Over-vaccination can lead to toxicity from the vaccine ingredients including aluminium and mercury.
- Spot-on flea treatments are actually pesticides designed to kill animals, so can’t be good for the system.
- exhaust fumes & motor oil, and chemicals in de-icers and anti-freeze on roads and pavements.
- Air fresheners, laundry products and other chemicals used in the household.
- Weed killers and herbicides such as Round-Up are highly toxic to dogs if used in your garden, or by neighbours.
- If your dog has surgery there is the toxic load of drugs and anaesthetic agents, combined with the abrupt physical shock of the surgeon invading the body.
- Prescribed medicines can build toxic effects.
What does toxic overload look like?
The body uses its systems to detoxify itself. The liver is the most complex detox organ, able to detox thousands of substances. The gastrointestinal tract helps to remove solid waste. The kidneys help by removing water-soluble toxins, and the skin supports this. The lungs can work as an emergency exit for toxins that the other organs have missed. Finally the lymph system helps filter and purify the body fluids to maintain proper function.
If these detoxification systems get overloaded the body will send out signals that it needs help to help itself, and you may see
- flaky skin & dandruff
- ‘doggy’ odour
- gunky, runny eyes or nose
- oily fur
- eating grass regularly
- vomiting regularly
- mucus covered stools
- mucus discharge
- fatty lumps
- chronic allergies
These mechanisms of detoxification are often viewed as unpleasant symptoms of illness that need to be remedied, but by ‘treating’ these symptoms with shampoos, drops and creams we are only removing the outward signs of an underlying state of imbalance.
Instead of supressing these symptoms, we need to support the body to remove the toxins.
Then these detoxification symptoms will simply disappear.
Ways to support your dog with natural detoxification
Initially, start looking for obvious candidates…
Has your dog recently had surgery?
Do they get treated with monthly spot-on flea and worming pesticides?
Do they get annual vaccination boosters?
The next most obvious cause is their diet…
Does your companion’s food comprise good quality, highly digestible meats and some vegetables, with no artificial preservatives, colourings, and flavourings or cheap fillers?
Are their treats high in salt and sugar?
Is your tap water heavily chlorinated?
Then look for potential issues around the home…
Do you use air fresheners, diffusers or chemical-based cleaning products around the home?
Do you use toxic lawn chemicals or pesticides in the garden?
Does your dog breathe in your second-hand smoke?
Anything that could cause toxic excess in the body should be removed from their environment, whenever possible.
When you have eliminated the household candidates, we can support you to review the food and chemicals that go on and into your dog that may be causing the imbalance.
You should make sure your dog has access to clean drinking water. Tap water that has been filtered and stood for a few hours to let the chlorine evaporate is also a good choice. Don’t give your dog softened water.
Understanding exactly what goes into your dog’s food can seem like it needs degrees in chemistry and biology, but we can help simplify this for you by providing a Dog Food Review which will talk you through the ingredients your dog needs for optimum health, analysis of exactly what’s in their current dinner, and suggestions about alternative foods for you to explore. The review also explains alternatives to other toxins such as flea and worming treatments and over-vaccination.
The detoxification process can be supported by herbs that can strengthen liver function, help remove toxins from the blood, collect and expel the toxins in the gut and support the natural balance of the skin. Having access to all of these and knowing which your dog needs is expensive and complex, but during a Herbal Self-Medication session, your dog can choose from the wide range of detox herbs they need and help you identify what you need to offer to support them longer-term.
Detox Package One
Educate & Inform
- Learn what you are looking for in a good quality dog food and how to read and understand the list of ingredients to make an educated choice on how you feed your dog.
Detox Package Two
Detox & Heal
- Full Herbal Self-Medication session to support your dog to eliminate the toxins in their system and begin their innate natural healing processes to ease their symptoms.
Detox Package Three
Full Detox Programme
- Full 20-page dog food review with advice on avoiding common toxins.
- herbal self-medication session to support your dog to eliminate the toxins in their system.
with this package
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