A healthy, happy pet is the foundation for years of meaningful memories, endless purring, and wagging tails. As with people, our pets’ environments have changed as has the advent and proliferation of processed foods. So what can you do to get and keep your pet in good health?
Household Risks to Your Pet
Bringing a pet into your home can provide them with necessary shelter, food, and protection. It may also expose your pet to toxins and impurities found in many household products. Our cat Boots began sneezing randomly and we couldn’t figure out what was bothering him. The vet advised us to remember that a cat’s world is a foot off the ground and to look around and see what might be irritating him from that point of view. With this in mind, we quickly remembered that he got a new pet bed for Christmas (made in China). We removed the pet bed and the sneezing stopped! Many new pet items including bedding, toys and products contain toxic, harmful ingredients and finishes. Be mindful of this when introducing new items to your pet’s world.
A bentonite clay detox could help replenish much needed minerals while cleansing their system. Among other things, clay can help detox the body of parasites, pesticides, tobacco smoke, and household chemicals such as phalates. As with people, regular use of bentonite clay can support overall good health as well as address specific issues. When using clay for the first time, pay attention to your pet’s bodily functions and behavior. This includes their eating, drinking and bathroom habits as well as their overall behavior. Some of our customers report their pets having improved mobility and energy. Here is a testimonial we received recently:
“I’ve had a younger Aussie with continued Giardia issues and bacterial overgrowth on top of that due to the antibiotics &/or parasite treatments. Added the Animin and since then we’ve made it through the treatments without him going to loose stools as well. It’s also seemed to help him get back to a more normal status quicker after the treatments have stopped. We’re finally Giardia clear and we will keep giving him the Animin as well!”
– Michelle J.
How Bentonite Clay Can Help Your Pet
One of the best kept secrets to raising a naturally-healthy pet is calcium bentonite clay. Clay fulfills an instinctual need animals have to take care of themselves and to survive. Animals are very in tune with Mother Earth and nature. Clay is known as a safe, natural remedy, its high mineral content, and its detoxifying properties.
Wild animals instinctually seek out mineralized clay for their own health and healing. Have you ever seen a dog dart outside and the first thing they do is roll around in the dirt or grass? That’s nature calling! Many household pets often choose food and water containing clay over plain food or water, when given both options.
Supplementing your pet’s diet with calcium bentonite clay can not only provide vital minerals, but also support healthy body function. Earth’s Living®‘s AniminTM aids your pet’s immune system by gently detoxifying as it moves through the intestinal track, attracting impurities and toxins. It stimulates the animal’s body to defend itself against unwanted organisms. As their body is detoxified and stimulated, your pet’s immune system is strengthened and better able to fend off invaders on its own.
Bentonite is also widely known as an anti-nausea and anti-vomiting natural remedy for both people and pets. It is also known as an anti-diarrheal agent. In fact, the product Kaopectate is made with kaolin, one of the seven types of clay.
Adding Bentonite Clay to Your Pet’s Diet
Adding Clay to Pet Food
Bentonite clay does not need to be hydrated first, but if given with dry food, it’s likely some will slip between the kibble and be left in the dish. If your pet eats wet food, adding clay is easier. Just add the recommended amount (instructions found on the jar and on the product page on our website) and mix it in. Since clay is odorless and tasteless, even the pickiest of eaters should happily chow down.
Adding Clay to Your Pet’s Drinking Water
Make clay water with our recommended standard of 1 part clay to 8 parts water in a glass or food-grade plastic bottle. Shake well and add a small amount to your pet’s water dish. Be sure to avoid prolonged contact with hydrated clay and metal, as the clay can pull metal elements out of the dish and into the clay water. We recommend glass or ceramic bowls, as plastic can be porous and over time bacteria can lodge in the plastic and be resistant to cleaning.
Whichever method you choose for giving your pet clay, be sure to supply ample water. Keep an eye on their bathroom habits, to know if they become constipated. If so, cut back on the amount of clay.
Using Bentonite Clay Externally With Pets
Pets can suffer from a number of issues that show up as some kind of issue with their skin and coats. Bentonite clay poultices make a great natural remedy for lesions, wounds, hot spots and infections.
Mix dry clay one part clay to three parts water and stir to a smooth, sour cream consistency. If time allows, let the mud sit overnight as it will thicken. Apply a ¼” to ½” thick pancake or poultice directly on the wound. Clay works when wet, so if possible, cover the clay poultice with damp gauze or a damp paper towel folded into layers. If needed and feasible, cover the gauze with non-adhesive plastic wrap or a clean plastic bag. The longer the poultice stays damp and in place, the longer it works. Once dried, wash the dry clay off and reapply a new poultice, if necessary. By using a pure, clean clay, there is no need to worry if your pet licks at the poultice.
Clay baths can also be very helpful in relieving pets’ itchy and inflamed skin. Reference the recommended amounts of clay for your pet in our blog post about clay baths for children. Adjust the amount of clay to be added to the bath according to your pet’s weight. Pour the clay bath water over the animal’s coat and skin and work in well. Repeat this action for at least 20 minutes. If your pet enjoys the treatment and wants to stay longer, oblige them! Just rinse well with warm water to work the clay out of the coat. Your pet should feel relief immediately.
Loving pet owners all want one thing for their four legged and feathered friends – a long healthy life full of vitality. The modern world exposes both people and pets to toxins in food, water, air and household products. Clay is a great supplement towards a long, healthy life by protecting and removing toxins. It can provide relief for specific ailments, particularly those that are rooted in the gut. Bentonite clay helps fulfill the instinctual need animals have to take care of themselves. Clay can be given to your pet for internal use or applied externally. Earth’s Living’s AniminTM, is our food-grade calcium bentonite clay suitable for both internal and external use and is available in 8 ounce, 1 pound, 2 pound, 4 pound and 8 pound packages.