There is no doubt- we live in a toxic world. There are many ways in which we come in contact with these toxins. It can be through the food we’re eating, the air we’re breathing, the products we consume, or simply the environment that we’re a part of. And the thing is, we cannot stop this from happening. Toxins often have no smell or taste, and we can’t even tell that they are there. However, they do affect our organisms and are connected to a lot of diseases and conditions.
The same applies to our beloved pets. Dogs are also victims of toxins, just like every living organism on Earth. They intake the toxins through the food that they eat, the air that they breathe, the over-vaccination that had been on the rise, the flea and tick pesticides, the antibiotics, and so on. And there is also the problem of your dog not being able to control this or tell you how they feel about it so the whole responsibility of their well-being is completely on your shoulders. Another thing is their size, which is considerably smaller than the human (at least in most cases). This means that the same amounts of toxins go into a very smaller-sized being which can end up affecting them more than we’re aware. Knowing how to detox your pup can be life-improving.
But, as with everything else, there are some things that you can do to make sure that your doggo has the best life possible.
Let’s start with the most obvious thing- food. You can find countless articles, blogs, and comments on what is good and what is bad for your dog to eat. There are many different regimes and diets that are famous out there. However, you should be aware which food is toxic for your dog, and how to choose the right one that will be the best suited for your particular doggo. Choose food and treats for your canine friend that are based on natural ingredients and have no artificial additives. You can even get creative and make your own doggie treats.
Naturally, water is of crucial importance for any living organism on the planet. Now, the tap water that we have in our homes is in most cases fit to drink. However, that does not mean that it is clear from toxic minerals, fluoride, chlorine, metal levels, and whatnot! It is recommended that humans too drink filtered water. The same applies for the canine members of the family. Nowadays, there are many filtration units available and they can be very affordable. If you don’t want to filter your water, maybe store-bought water will be a better option for your pet even though it can still contain some toxins and it’s not very environmentally-friendly.
3. Be aware of household toxins
There are many things around the house that are harmful to dogs. The obvious things are cleaning supplies, bug repellents, perfumes, air fresheners, laundry products, etc. There are many chemicals in these types of products and they can be very lethal in the dog inhales them or eats them. Many of these chemicals are proven to worsen asthmatic symptoms. So, the next time you’re choosing the products, try to find 100% natural cleaning or biodegradable products. Or, if you prefer, you can make your own natural cleaner from simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, etc.
Other than the things that dogs consume that can be toxic, they can also use things that are not good for them. Starting with the doggie toys that are in the biggest part made from plastic. Doggies chew on them and they might end up swallowing some smaller parts of the toys. That is why choosing toys that are made from natural fibers can be very helpful. In case you continue with plastic toys, look for the ones that are BPA and phthalate-free.
There are many products that you will use on your dog daily, and these are as important as their food or water. Be careful of the shampoos that you use since they can really be bad for your dogs’ skin. Instead, try to make a natural shampoo yourself for cleaning up your pup. The same applies to odor-removing products. We all want our four-legged buddies to smell as good as possible, but putting heavy perfumed products on their gentle fur is a no. If you want your dog to smell better, try natural smells like essential oils.
You can do everything so far mentioned, and still not pay attention to the bowls in which your dog is eating and drinking water. It is of crucial importance the material from which they are made since some materials can be very toxic. If the bowls are plastic, the same concerns as with the toys apply. Plastic can be very toxic for dogs, and they can chew the bowl up. With ceramic bowls, you have to make sure that they don’t have a lead glaze over them. Also, be aware of any cracks or chips since bacteria can multiply there. The best choice might be stainless steel since it is rust-resistant and durable. Another new great choice is silicone bowls. However, due to their form they can be less functional for use.
7. Take care of the liver
As in humans, the liver is the organ that fights off the toxins that do manage to get in the dog’s organism. That is why keeping the liver healthy is the most important in this context. There are many liver supplements out there which are best discussed with a professional vet. Otherwise, you can also include certain foods in your dogs’ diet that will support the liver function, and avoid other types of food that will make their liver worse. In the end, it is our job to care for our canine buddies since they are so helpless on their own!
Gary Peterson is working at NCSM. He was born and raised in New York. Gary is a professional writer who specializes in SEO, social problems, email marketing, and healthcare. He likes traveling and taking gorgeous photos of nature. Rock music is something that inspires him. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter.