Dogs Need Detoxification Also

Dogs Need Detoxification AlsoWritten on March 17, 2013 for Bark N Blog then moved to this site on this date.

Once upon a time in an earlier time in the USA, every spring was not just a time to do some deep cleaning, but to also deep clean the body of toxins accumulated during the long winter – which didn’t include fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Dogs and people both need detoxification several times per year!

Our bodies and that of our dogs have not evolved contrary to popular scientific myth. They are adapting yes but that doesn’t mean the former needs are gone. Detoxification is still necessary, now more than ever due to the toxic air, food, water and vaccines!

When we got King he needed to shed a few pounds as well as detox a yeast overgrowth. Mike had him on a raw diet, but the diet was not from grass-fed animals. That can be expensive for some but it is also becoming more and more necessary for us to feed our dogs this way because there are just too many hormones and antibiotics in conventional raw diets.

I am not certain but I think King was weaned to kibble and possibly had puppy shots 😦 So I went proactive to detoxify him. The first thing that actually facilitated the detox was me using several different Young Living Essential Oils blends for calming him* (Peace & Calming, Stress Away, RutaVala) the first day he was with us. He was understandably nervous although ever so loving and sweet. I wanted him to be more comfortable during the transition. He also began presenting with allergy symptoms which is just the body responding to something in an unnatural way but also a form of the body trying to get rid of toxins as well.

What happened over the next couple of days was an immediate and rather intense detox. So to support him further I did the following:

1. Switched him to an all grass-fed meat/bones/organs diet once per day rather than twice per day
2. I used the oils but diffused them instead of direct application to ease the intensity of the detoxification. He gets oils topically as needed for the allergy symptoms but mostly I diffuse the oils so we all benefit
3. Using a great fulvic/humic acid product by
4. A wonderful mushroom product for supporting the immune system while detoxing the body of the overgrowth of yeast he had.
5. Added probiotics to his diet – until we can find some good green tripe 🙂

His exercise is increased here because of our daily, hour long walk, plus we have all this space out here so he gets out and about in it a lot. He also plays with our neighbor’s little dog Stella several times per week as well. In addition, we play ball games and frisbee outdoors with him daily. He gets LOTS of exercise! That has helped keep the lymph moving which moves the toxins out of the body. King has shed the few extra pounds he had. His coat is extra soft and shiny. I brush him a lot which also not only removes shedding fur and dead skin, but also assists in the detox process.

We have noticed an increase of energy in him. Movement is something I am very interested in and always have been, and I have noticed his movement is much more balanced and easy now. It didn’t take much tweaking or time to get him to this point (a short three weeks). Just some minor adjustments can make all the difference. Click on what looks like a funny photo below and the video will play.

You will notice in the video above (just click on the link and wait for it to load) the “before” and “after“. Both segments do show his sweet, loving little personality. The first part was his first day with us! The second one I just took on Friday, March 15. Just three weeks later. He is creeping up on the invisible rabbit he believes is there since there was a rabbit there once before. King remembers every single place he has ever spotted a rabbit. Brilliant little mind of his!

Until next time….

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!

PHOTO ATTRIBUTION: King, American Bully by Dr. Kim Bloomer, Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved.

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.