Wild animals’ tendencies to consume raw earth including calcium bentonite clay, is well documented. It was once believed that only a few animals would consume clay on occasion to supplement mineral deficiencies during times of famine. It has since been observed that animals have evolved to ingest clay to counteract environmental and synthetic toxins, and to aid in healing sickness.
Knowing how important clay consumption is to many wild animals for a variety of reasons, it is worth considering including it in your own pets food and/or water. Most house pets will even choose food and water containing clay over plain food or water. Instinctually, they too know they will benefit from it.
Calcium Bentonite Clay and Pets
Calcium bentonite clay has strong negative ionic absorptive and adsorptive properties. When taken internally it binds with harmful, positively charged substances (such as parasites and toxins) and safely passes out of the body. Animals – not having this scientific understanding – have instinctually been bred by nature to seek out clay when they have consumed an excess of unfriendly compounds.
While more prevalent among herbivores that consume higher levels of plant toxins, all types of animals have been observed consuming clay-based soils. Gorillas eat clay to combat diarrhea; rats will seek it out if they ingest pesticide; birds keep internal parasites under control with it. Even wolf and tiger droppings have been found to contain large amounts of clay.
Adding Edible Clay to the Diet
Pure calcium bentonite clay can be added to your pets’ food and/or water. How much can be added daily is based on animal weight. Specific guidelines can be found here. Water intake is key to enabling the clay to work its wonders in the gut. Be sure to have plenty of fresh water available for your pet.
Animals in the wild are often drawn to clay in the form of mud. Elephants make dangerous nocturnal voyages to their favorite clay reservoir to eat the clay or cover themselves in it. Dogs are often found joyously rolling around in the grass and dirt. Now you know what the attraction is!
Clay baths can also bring good results on reversing external conditions and maintaining coat luster. Simply add dry clay to warm water in a tub. Agitate the water to mix the clay into the water. Cover the animal’s coat with the clay water repeatedly. If the animal is content, let them stay in the clay bath. For proper amounts of clay to add, based on animal weight, see our article on Children and Clay Baths.
Treat Pet Ailments with Calcium Bentonite Clay
Clay is a known treatment for diarrhea in humans. It follows that it would work similarly for dogs and cats. Pure calcium bentonite clay can be added to the animal’s food or mixed in with their water. Keep in mind that calcium bentonite clay requires hydration in order to activate its healing properties, making it a must that plenty of water is offered with it.
Calcium bentonite clay is a natural de-wormer. It gently removes parasites from the intestinal tract and safely eliminates them- all without the use of harmful chemicals or medications. In addition, the clay also cleanses the digestive tract of bad bacteria, viruses and fungi, which allows the animal to better absorb nutrients from its diet. This detoxifying action also aids the animal’s liver and kidney, which can easily become overloaded with toxins.
Hydrated clay works wonders for many different skin ailments of animals including mange, cuts, abrasions, rashes and hot spots. Made into a poultice and applied directly to the skin, the clay acts as an analgesic, and quickly reduces pain and itching. It speeds the healing process by pulling out bacteria that can cause infection or rash. It reduces the chance of scar tissue development. In addition, if the animal licks off the clay, it is non-toxic and perfectly safe!
Since animals can’t talk, we have to rely on the testimony of people to know the great results that can be achieved with calcium bentonite clay. It stands to reason that animals suffering from many of the same ailments as we humans do, they would also benefit from incorporating pure calcium bentonite clay into their routine.