• Dr. Katie Woodley

Top 5 Ways to Naturally Detox Your Dog & Cat

Have you ever noticed changes in your pet's energy with certain foods?

Or maybe you've noticed your dog or even your cat seems less interested in their food, even if you're still feeding the same diet?

Maybe you have a pet that's on chronic conventional medication, like flea and tick preventatives, thyroid medicine, or heart disease medication?

You want the best for your pet, and I know you're willing to do whatever you need to so your pet can feel their best.

There's nothing better than your furry family member greeting you at the door after a long day at work. Pets make our lives so much better and happier, but there's a lot of potential toxins that could be lurking in your pet's environment.

Your pet is potentially exposed to over 85,000 toxins every single day.

Where do these toxins come from?

Pets are potentially exposed to environmental toxins ranging from:

  • Accidental ingestion (like ethylene glycol in the wintertime)

  • Outdoor toxins (weed killer, chemicals on the grass, motor oil on the street)

  • Indoor toxins (air fresheners, laundry chemicals, cleaning products, drinking water)

  • Toxins produced in your pet's body (GI imbalance, microbe dysfunction)

Toxins are everywhere.

Do you feel like your pet could be exposed to one of the above?

If your pet comes into contact with one of these (or even all of them), how does their body cope with the toxin?

Your pet's immune system is a powerful system and typically will do an amazing job at recognizing, detoxifying and clearing the toxin from the body without leading to disease. The immune system ramps up and will lead to inflammation, even diarrhea or vomiting, which is the body attempting to purge the toxin from the body.

However, when the body is overwhelmed with the process or does not have the reserves to deal with the toxin at that time, then the body will store the toxin, usually in the fat cells. When toxins are stored this will lead to symptoms like fatigue or you may notice that your pet is always battling some type of infection (skin disease, upper respiratory, or sensitive GI tract). Over time if the toxin is not properly dealt with, pets will develop cellular abnormalities like tumors or cysts and impaired organ function.

Ever had a pet that has chronic liver value elevations but your vet can't find the cause?

Your pet is most likely dealing with a toxin overload.

The four main systems that need to be optimized to ensure your pet can properly detox when coming into contact with these toxins are:

  • Liver

  • Gastrointestinal system

  • Skin

  • Kidneys

Here are five ways to help your pet's detox safely and effectively:

1) Upgrade your pet's food, treats and water

The pet food industry is highly unregulated. There are numerous chemicals, artificial ingredients, flavors and colors that are added to pet food and treats.

If your pet is nutrient poor, detox pathways will not be supported.

Have you learned how to read a pet food label to know if the pet food you're feeding is helping or potentially harming your pet's health?

Just because the pet food bag shows beautiful, healthy vegetables and fruits does not mean that those foods are present in high enough concentrations to help your pet. Here's more information to help guide you: How to Assess the Quality of Your Dog and Cat's Food

But don't forget about the drinking water. Numerous chemicals like fluoride and chlorine are added which can affect your pet's microbiome, leading to dysbiosis. Make sure to watch the video to learn more on how to assess what chemicals are added to your local drinking water.

2) Support your pet's liver

A fresh, whole food, biologically appropriate diet is the foundation, but it may not be enough. If you're currently feeding a processed kibble diet, start by adding in organic vegetables and fruits, like blueberries and asparagus, that are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Foods like broccoli and asparagus are high in sulfur compounds and glutathione which benefits and optimizes your pet's detox pathways. These chemical compounds are very important, especially for senior pets and pets on chronic medications.

Here's a handy resource for which safe and healthy foods to add into your dog's diet: Safe and Toxic Foods For Dogs To Eat And Avoid To Achieve Optimal Health

Some of the supplements that can help your pet's liver detox better can be found here:

3) Support your pet's gastrointestinal tract

Most toxins once processed through the liver, will then be eliminated through the GI tract.

Many pets experience anxiety and this can be directly related to the health of their GI tract. About 70% of your pet's immune system is present in their GI tract. This is called the enteric nervous system. If dysbiosis is present, your pet can show signs of anxiety. 90% of the body's serotonin is made in the GI tract. This is an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and anxiety levels.

When dysbiosis is resolved through optimal food, GI support from probiotics and digestive enzymes, and proper detox, the anxiety can melt away.

If your pet's GI tract is sluggish, this can allow toxins to irritate the GI lining leading to disorders like leaky gut. When leaky gut is present, food, bacteria and toxins can then pass through the GI lining and lead to an inflammatory cascade in the body that can manifest like skin allergies and other chronic, frustrating diseases which seem completely unrelated.

A common toxin is glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup. This is not just a weed killer. It's also an antibiotic. Glyphosate has been shown to affect the Shikimate pathway of bacteria, and guess what makes up the microbiome? Bacteria!

The food you're feeding your pets could be heavily sprayed with glyphosate which will affect your pet's microbiome.

So what can you do?

Make sure you're supporting optimal GI health with probiotics, digestive enzymes and feeding optimal food. To learn more about how probiotics can vary, check out our recent blog post: What You Need to Know About Probiotics For Your Dog and Cat's Health

Here are some of the recommended brands and supplements to optimize your pet's GI health:

4) Support your pet's skin

Going outside will expose your pets to other environmental toxins such as weed killers that are used on neighbor's yards or even in public parks.

By giving your pet frequent baths or even just wiping down their paws and fur with a wet washcloth, you can reduce the amount of toxins that stay on their fur that will then be groomed off. Your pet can be safely bathed once a week with a safe, pet-friendly shampoo. At bare minimum, wipe off your pet's paws after going for a walk to remove additional chemicals they may have come into contact with during a walk.

5) Support your pet's kidneys

Finally, the kidneys. The kidneys filter out toxins in your pet's body up to 70 times a day! It is very important that this system is supported.

If you're currently drinking unfiltered water, start here. By drinking unfiltered water that has chlorine, fluoride and potentially other chemicals and even heavy metals, these toxins can damage the kidneys filtration system. Get a Berkey or another water filtering system to help remove some of these chemicals and toxins to better support not only your health but your pet's health too.

Pets, especially cats, who are on a processed kibble diet need increased amounts of water to stay hydrated. Using water fountains, bone broths and even raw goat milk can encourage pets to drink more and keep them from becoming dehydrated.

If you have a pet with kidney disease or chronic urinary tract infections, certain supplements can help optimize their health and reduce inflammation. Learn more here: Managing Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats with Natural Remedies

There is a lot you can do to help your pet's body detox naturally and help them feel their best. By learning about what your pet may be coming into contact with, you can better help support optimal health. We can't control everything, but there is a lot you can do easily and without excessive cost to prevent and even treat disease so that your pets can live a longer and healthier life with less vet visits.


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*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. The information contained in is strictly for educational purposes. Therefore, if you wish to apply ideas contained in, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. Please consult your veterinarian for medical advice for your own pets. Dr. Katie Woodley cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

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