How To Support A Healthy Liver In Dogs While Detoxing

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When our pets are exposed to dangerous toxins, their little bodies have to work extremely hard to eliminate them. Our pets don't have the ability to talk and let us know when something in their food or the environment is making them sick. They also don't have the ability to switch their own food or decide when it's time to stop using a household cleaner that irritates their sinuses or lungs. Since we as humans are 100% in control of our pets environment, they rely solely on us to reduce the toxins they are exposed to.

Toxins can cause, worsen or accelerate any existing health problem that our pets may have. But many toxins that negatively effect our pets' health are hidden, and we may be unknowingly contributing to the load of toxins that are already in our pets bodies. While toxins are bad for us humans, they are just as devastating to our pets health.

How do toxins enter your dog's body?

There are many ways that toxins can enter into your dog's body. Some toxins enter through accidental ingestion while others are unknowingly directly given to pets. Outdoor toxins like weed killers, pesticides and automotive exhaust can enter our dog's bodies just by breathing them in. They can eat chemical-laden grass, lick dust or residue off their paws or fur and absorb them like that. Then there's cleaners, air fresheners, laundry products and other chemicals used in the household. Last but not least, toxins can be ingested through your pet's drinking water, commercial food, treats, and through over-the-counter or prescription medications they take. The toxin Glyphosate which is a widely used weed killer, can be found in your pets bones, as well as the bones of the food processing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 

Some common signs of toxicity:

  • Abnormal gait and stance
  • Excessive itching
  • Decreased activity
  • Loss of body weight and food consumption
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and bloody stools
  • Excessive shedding and skin changes
  • Uneven balance, loss of balance and repetitive movements
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Pale gums

Tips for detoxing your dog

 • Avoid chemicals and toxins that are commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners, laundry detergent, insect repellents and body/pet care products. 

• Be diligent in sourcing clean, unprocessed food. 

• Avoid unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs that can lower the immune system.

• Spend time outdoors in the sunshine. Take your pup for a walk or outside to play ball.

• Make sure your dog gets exercise so the lymphatic system can work and purge spent mitochondria. 

• Incorporate beneficial bugs in your dog's meals through prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes

• Milk Thistle will help with the detoxing process. The usual recommended extract of milk thistle contains 70 to 80 percent silymarin, which can be found on the label. You can administer the tincture at a starting dose of 1/4 tsp per 20 pounds of body weight, per day. Always read labels carefully, and consult with your holistic veterinarian before adding milk thistle to your pups detoxing regimen. 

• Provide clean, filtered water. Mountain spring water is ideal.

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Boost intake of beneficial nutrients.

When detoxing your dog, it's important to boost your dogs intake of beneficial nutrients. When buying foods to feed your dog, try to buy USDA Certified Organic foods. Good nutrient sources to add to dog's meals include:

1. Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens and eggs.

2. Vitamin B: liver and venison.

3. Vitamin C: berries, citrus and red bell peppers.

4. Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel and salmon

5. Vitamin E: grains, seeds, seed oils and wheat germ oil.

6. Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, and fish. 

7. Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef, beef liver, free-range chicken, and eggs.

8. Turmeric: give one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day. Turmeric can be combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption or added as a topper mixed into your dogs food.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar will help with the detoxing process. When used over a length of time, your dog will be less likely to develop infections and it will also help protect your pup from fleas and worms. If you're looking to add Apple Cider Vinegar to your dog's diet for detoxing or for regular use, we highly recommend using Flea Free Food Supplement. It helps with detoxing and will boost the immune system while protecting your pets from biting insects and internal parasites.

9. Zinc: red meat and poultry.

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Kidneys play a role in flushing out toxins.

The liver filters toxins from the bloodstream, but its your pups kidneys that excrete them from the body. Without the kidneys and it's role in the body, your pups wouldn't be able to effectively eliminate the toxins it's exposed to.

Adding natural herbs like parsley and cilantro to your pups diet will help the kidneys role in the detoxing process. Another way to support the kidney's role in the detoxing process is to make sure your pup has plenty of water, preferably filtered or spring water.

Eliminate toxin exposures in your dogs environment.

Overall, the best way to limit your pets exposure is being aware of the potential toxic exposures and risks around your house, yard and in the foods and medications they take. Sometimes it's hard to identify the source, but limiting exposure cuts off the chance for all future exposures. 

If you're eliminating things that your dog can be exposed to, it's important to limit those things in your life too. For example, if you're switching to a natural laundry soap to clean your dogs bedding, it's important to use natural laundry soap for your bedding and clothes too. Another example would be to use all natural bug repellents on your pets and on yourself too. Think about it like this, everything that you are exposed to, your pets are exposed to as well and humans need detoxing as much as our pets need detoxing. 

What your dog eats plays a role in it's health

Consult your veterinarian if any changes become severe. 

As your dog's body is going through the process of detoxification, you may notice some physical changes in your dog. For example, your pup may develop symptoms like a runny nose or changes in bowel function or appetite. Such symptoms are healthy signs and are temporary. They should subside in a few days. But if any physical signs become worrisome or are severe, stop everything and consult with a holistic veterinarian for appropriate guidance. 

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1 comment

  • Ruth Cruz

    Thank you so much for your article. It so helpful for us who are trying to do the right thing for our fur babies.

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