Unwittingly Poisoning Your Dog?
Discover easy and effective ways to help your pet live more safely
The easiest and most effective way to help our pets live healthier lives is to eliminate or minimize exposures to toxic substances and know how to support the body in detoxifying itself. The Liver, kidneys, gut, and skin are the primary detoxification pathways. These organs know how to do this very important job, and work efficiently behind the scenes, particularly when we support them in the process.
Eliminating or minimizing exposure seems straightforward and self-explanatory. What most pet parents don’t suspect, however, is how often toxic substances hide in plain sight. In fact, there is little regulation in the United States on anything outside of food. So, shouldn’t pet parents should just look for terms like “natural” or “organic” on the label to ensure safety and quality?
Marketing to Pet Parents Is Big Business
Look at the following quote excerpted from PetfoodIndustry.com, a trade group representing cat/dog food and treat manufacturers, pet food ingredients research, pet industry news and the pet food insider community.
“Despite the lack of a regulatory definition, despite a far-ranging assortment of label claims used by pet food companies (and, sometimes, complained about by their competition) and despite the resulting consumer confusion, US pet owners seem to keep buying pet foods labeled “natural”—to the tune of US $7.3 billion in 2014, according to Packaged Facts.
Natural is a MARKETING Term
If that’s not enough to convince you that marketing to pet parents is big business, consider a report issued by The American Pet Products Association (APPA). In 2016, the APPA estimated over 60 million American households had one or more dogs, which amounted to nearly 90 million dogs living in US homes. The APPA study goes on to quantify dog related expenditures in several major categories (See table). According to their 2016 survey, the average family reports spending approximately $2883 in dog-related expenses over a given year. That amount alone is a significant expenditure, but when generalized over the 60 million dog-owning households it equates to a whopping 173 billion dollars!
CANCER…is now the primary cause of death
in dogs over two years of age.
Fifty years ago, 1 in 100 dogs got cancer. Today, it’s one in 1.65. You read that correctly. Nearly one in every two dogs will be diagnosed with cancer. While Conventional medicine teaches cancer is a genetic condition, new and emerging research cites only 5% of cancers are genetic in origin! The remaining 95% are metabolic in nature and arise from lifestyle factors and repeated exposure to environmental toxins.
In the Truth About Pet Cancer documentary series released in October 2017, Dr. Karen Becker, States:
“Vet schools are reactive. We go to school to learn how to identify symptoms of a disease … and then what drugs to use to treat the symptoms. But we are NOT taught or mentored on how to actually prevent disease from occurring.”
While there is a great opportunity for veterinarians to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the significance of lifestyle and environment as contributing factors in pet cancer (and other chronic diseases), there is plenty of credible research available about toxins in products we use every single day. The bad news – we are saturated with sophisticated marketing messages that either convince us to use products despite the risks or leave us feeling confused and overwhelmed.
Anything that isn’t food (at least in the USA) is not regulated for safety. It means, there is no oversight and consequently, little if any published research as to how harmful any of these compounds might be. We’re part of a grand experiment, and in many ways, both pet parents and furry family members are the guinea pigs.
It’s undeniable – we live in a toxic world
Our pets have to live in our environment, it’s not their choice!
Pets, who share their environment with humans are exposed to a frightening amount of human-produced chemicals.
They inhale contaminated air, walk through pesticide-treated lawns, drink tap water full of byproducts, eat factory made pet food laden with numerous chemicals, and contact a variety of house and garden products from herbicides to flame retardants. When we minimize our own exposure to toxic chemicals, we minimize our pets’ exposure.
Help your pet Detox
The liver is the primary detoxification pathway for our pets as well as for humans. Helping the liver do what it already is programmed to do, can dramatically reduce symptoms of the most common and difficult to manage chronic issues.
The following is a very oversimplified illustration of how the liver works to detoxify your dog or cats body. As you can see from this illustration, essentially the liver takes fat-soluble toxins like:
- Prescription drugs
- Herbicides and pesticides
- Household toxins
- Even normal metabolic wastes
And uses the “required nutrients” to make them more water soluble so they can be eliminated from the body primarily through urine and feces.
You can see from the diagram that this process requires a lot of nutritional support in order to convert the toxins (that are stored in fatty tissue) into a form that can be eliminated from the body. If at any point in the process there are insufficient nutrients, the detoxification pathways become blocked and things get backed up.
Liver Detoxification Process
Canine Digestive Tract
What is the microbiome and why is it important?
The beneficial bacteria that make up our individual microbiomes can be found everywhere, even outside our bodies. While the majority of the microbes live throughout the gastrointestinal tract, the “community” of the microbiome is far-reaching. The concept can be a bit confusing as we tend to think of body parts as organs or systems. Rather the microbiome is both small in size, but also tied to nearly every bodily function in some way. The word “microbiome” alone tells us a lot in that “micro” means very small and “biome” means a habitat of living things. With trillions of microbes helping to govern nearly every bodily function, the importance of our gut microbiome cannot be overstated.
An increasing number of researchers believe that up to 90 percent of diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome. Poor gut health can contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome and a host of more serious conditions if left unmanaged.
Seeding of the microbiome begins at birth, passing from the mother to the offspring during the birthing process. Once seeded, the microbes populate the body inside and out including the skin and mucous lining of the digestive tract. Throughout our lives, both humans and animals contribute to shaping the state of our individual microbiomes. The foods we eat, how much quality sleep we get, the amounts of bacteria and levels of stress we’re exposed to on a daily basis all help to establish the state of our microbiomes.
Safe and Effective Ways to Avoid or Minimize Toxic Exposure
Minimize the plastics that your pet comes into contact with. This includes plastic food bowls, toys, and plastic food storage containers. Invest in stainless steel bowls, glass storage containers, and safe toys.
Eliminate artificially scented products. Many of these compounds are made from the same family of chemicals as pesticides and are easily absorbed through your pet’s skin. Artificially scented products can be an extensive list, including, but not limited to:
- Cleaning products
- Air fresheners
- Air cleaning sprays
- Laundry detergents
- Shampoo and conditioners
- Car fresheners
Avoid Herbicides and Pesticides
- Lawn and Garden
- Feed Real Whole Foods instead of commercial kibble