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2020 - Today's 5 Slow & Deadly Toxins for Cats & Dogs

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Toxins are everywhere for your cat and dog. A toxin is something that can cause you or your pet to become ill. They can have varying degrees of severity from something mildly toxic to deadly, to toxins that slowly build up over time, to those that can happen quickly. 

Although we may think we live in a cleaner environment than before sadly more animals are suffering from varying degrees of intoxication. We've compiled a list, some you're probably aware of such as certain foods that are toxic and dangerous for cats and dogs to poisonous plants but it's the slow and deadly toxins that build up over time that most people are totally unaware off. The intoxication happens ever so gradually that most pet owners don't realise something is wrong until it's too late.

With the rise of illnesses in animals such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, pancreatic diseaseallergies, it's important for you as your pet's guardian to help them live in a healthy environment. One way of doing that is to eliminate or limit their exposure to as many toxic things as possible that could cause harm both in the short and long term.

Toxicity is not just limited to the ingestion of something poisonous but it's also how toxic things effect you're pet's mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Just like humans, animals can become physically, emotionally and mentally unwell through toxic exposure.

These 5 groups of toxic things slowly poison cats and dogs and are dangerous to the long term health of your pet. Cats and dog's metabolise things differently from humans, absorb energy differently and are connected to life force differently. These might seem like irrelevant things to us mere humans, but for your cat and dog they are fundamental influences in what is toxic to dogs and catsWhen the toxins slowly chip away at these three elements your dog or cat's defences weaken and oftentimes cause irreversible damage.


In Today's World, The 5 Slow and Deadly Toxins for Your Cat & Dog Found in Your Home.


1. Environmental Toxins

Environmental toxins for your cat and dog can be found within your home through to their hunting territory or walking territory. You can't always influence what your cat or dog comes across when they are out and about, but some of the worst slow and potentially dangerous toxins that are long term disrupters to your pet's health are found in your home and that you can influence and control.

Consistent over exposure to these chemical based products can often have both a short term and long term impact on your cat and dog's immune system, liver and kidneys or can be the catalyst for free radicals, the foundation for cancers. Try to reduce the number of products you use or even better, stop using them altogether or find eco-friendly and pet-friendly alternatives.

To put this into perspective you have 5 million smelling receptors, a cat has 200 million and a dog has 300 million so one tiny drop inhaled repeatedly overtime can potentially wipe out your cat or dog or slowly destroy metabolic processes in your pet.

  • Overuse of chemical based cleaning products you use around the house.  Today we have multitude of chemical based products to kill one bacteria or another. With our pets spending the majority of their lives on the floor, they are more easily exposed to the toxins in these products. Consistent over exposure to these chemical based products often negatively impact their immune system so reduce the number of products you use or even better, simply use good old fashioned household vinegar mixed with bicarbonate soda and water to clean. It was good enough for your granny, it's still super effective today plus it's none toxic for you and your pet. 

  • Alcohol Gel. With the dramatic changes that rapidly occurred at the beginning of 2020 alcohol gel became an obsession and sadly a secondary knock on effect is an increase in the number of pet's becoming intoxicated from alcohol gel. The ethanol found in alcohol gel is toxic to cats and dogs. People have mistakenly applied alcohol gel to their pet to help keep them clean or have fed something to their pet minutes after applying alcohol gel to their hands or petted their cat or dog who then lick themselves ingesting the toxicity of the alcohol gel. A few simple precautions such as washing your hands or making sure your hands are dry of the gel will help reduce your pet's exposure.

  • Essential oils. With their increase in popularity people are turning more and more to the use of essential oil as an alternative method to help healing. They are powerful healing tools for both humans and animals but it's hugely important you understand which essential oils recommended for humans are deadly toxic to your cat and dog. A simple example, Tea Tree oil. You might think this is great but using this at home is dangerous for your cat and dog as they can go into organ failure. Tea tree oil is deadly toxic to cats and dogs, inhaling a few drops of tea tree oil from the atmosphere is enough to potentially kill your dog or cat. We encourage you to use essential oils as they are incredibly effective but know which ones are safe for all your family, furry family included. Click here to see a list of safe oils for humans, cat and dogs! Alternatively use flower waters, they are just as effective as essential oils but have much less possibility of intoxication.

  • Scented candles, automated chemical room sprays, plug in air fresheners. These types of products contain chemicals in sufficient quantities that they are dangerous to animals. These items can cause airway irritation and have a similar build up effect as secondhand smoke and are some of the worst slow poisons for your pet because of the chemicals used. Their damage is more silent but potentially deadly long term, as they can cause long term breathing problems for your pet such as asthma or the build up free radicals in your pet.  Your cat and dog can't process the toxicity out fast enough so things like free radicals slowly build and build and as we know, free radicals are fundamental changes to creating and growing cancers in the body. Non of these items are pet friendly and their use creates an entire chain of events that effects your pet's long term health. Avoid them at all costs. If you want smellies in your home, go for safe pet friendly options such as bees wax candles, soy or coconut candles. Added bonus, these types of candles are eco-friendly too!

  • Mosquito plugs and insect repellents. Whether you're using the chemical based plug-ins or the ultra-sonic plugins, these can be a bother to your cat or dog. Although they are recommended as safe for pets, they are ultimately insecticides and to date there has been no study done regarding their continued long term use and the long term effects they have on your pet's health. But if you watch your pet's body language they generally avoid the areas where the plug in is and limit how close they come into contact with the utlra sonic plugs. Equally you don't want your cat or dog trying to lick or ingest the chemicals emitted from the plugin as its low level intoxication. Bug repellents like Deet and Off contain chemical ingredients that can be toxic to cats and dogs especially if they happen to inhale or ingest them. Also avoid any products that contain citronella as this is poisonous to both cats and dogs. Never apply these products to your pet and look for more natural repellents that are non toxic, are safe for use on your pet, safe for you and the environment. 

  • Incense sticks. Similarly to the scented candles above these can cause airway and eye irritations for your cat and dog. They are often manufactured using chemical enhancers or essential oils and can be the cause of some serious respiratory issues in your cat or dog. The smoke effect mixed with the release of the chemicals can be intoxicating for your cat and dog and often has the effect of a burning sensation through their nostrils and airway.

  • Cannabis. This not only covers the toxicity of secondhand smoke from cigarettes but secondhand smoke from marijuana, cannabis etc. Don't confuse this with CBD oil, it's totally different but with the increase in the popularity of cannabis more pet's are becoming accidentally exposed to it's intoxication. Pets are more susceptible to the plants effects and pets exposed to the secondhand smoke or worse still the ingestion of cannabis laced cakes and cookies can suffer neurological problems. Compared to humans they only need to be exposed to a really small amount of smoke for it to become poisonous for your cat and dog. The only way they can eliminate the toxicity from their system is through excreting it, so it stays is in the body and directly effects your pet's nervous system. If you're smoking cannabis ensure your pets are not close by and that any rooms are always ventilated with fresh air. And if you think your pet has become intoxicated then get them to the vets quickly, be honest with your vet so that they can treat the intoxication quickly and in the right way so your pet can recover.

  • Plants poisonous to cats and dogs. Most people know about being careful with the plants they have around the home such as lilies, daffodils, virginia creepers etc. but cats and dogs still suffering intoxication from plants. The big culprits nowadays are succulents. As more people turn to having succulents in their home as they are easier to maintain and look good, many pet owners are unaware that certain succulents are toxic to dogs and cats. The most common toxic succulents for cats and dogs are Euphorbias e.g. pencil cactus, Jade (baby jade dwarf rubber plant etc.), Silver Dollar, aloe vera, Kalanchoe varieties.(1)  Be mindful that if you have a garden or plants around the house and you're using chemicals to help the plants or lawn grow, or to stop insects, the chemicals can once again be ingested by your pet and cause intoxication. There are lots of organic plant foods and grass feeds available that are pet, bird and bee friendly and are great eco-options. Click here to learn which plants are safe indoors and to begin growing a pet friendly indoor garden

  • Using insect and rodent repellents, baits, chemical fumigators and pellets around your home. This can be anything from leaving down slug pellets to using cockroach sprays, rat poisons to your local fumigator regularly popping in. All can cause intoxication that over time, build up in your pet's body and don't often present until further down the line. Any form of pellets should be avoided as your pet is more likely to directly ingest them and even try to limit things such as cockroach sprays etc. There have also been cases of pet's becoming severely ill from eating the poisoned mouse or bird (who sadly happened to eat a slug that was poisoned with a pellet). Leave your cat to do his job! Some of the easiest, cheapest and safest ways to prevent critters coming into your home is to make sure no food is ever left out, meticulously clean the kitchen area and keep open packets of food in airtight containers. Critters enter when they know there are sources of food readily available so basic hygiene and cleanliness go along way to preventing your pet being regularly exposed to these types of toxins. Also don't forget they might not be the pretties critters to look at but insects such as cockroaches, ants etc are fundamental to the environment as they help break down matter and are the food sources for animals further up the chain like birds, other insects and mammals.

  • EMF/EMR This is probably one of the worst silent and deadly toxins of our modern world that most people and pet owners are totally unaware. Electromagnetic frequency exposure or radiation is highly toxic with fatal consequences for you and your pet.   There has been a increase in the number of pets suffering fatal illnesses from EMF exposure. It's heightened in pets due to their constant energetic exposure to cell phones, wifi, smart meters etc. What is becoming more evident is how this is now working it's way up the food chain to the bigger species - humans. As technology has improved, so has the number of cases both in humans and pets of anxious sympathetic states, radiation exposure resulting in increases of cancerous tumours, neurological problems, high levels of infertility, birth defects, still born litters etc. Because in order to have "smart" technologies, 4G and 5G, they need ultra high frequencies to work and this takes wattage. Simply put, an increase of wattage, equals an increase in radiation and what that means for you, the end user at home, is that alongside our pet's we're all being exposed daily to higher levels of radiation than ever before. The main reason no-one one is really questioning responsibility and ethical use, is the predicted trillions in US$ these technologies will make companies and governments worldwide! By 2025 - just 5 short years from now, there is estimated to be over 9 billion SIM connections in use. That's a staggering amount of pollution from the electro-magnetic frequencies for humans and the animal kingdom. Try to turn everything off at night to give both you and your pet's body a break from the magnetic frequencies. Also invest in a few chunks of black tourmaline. This powerful crystal helps absorb the energies of EMF radiation. 


Signs of Toxicity in Cats and Dogs 

  • Vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of coordination or almost drunk like
  • Lethargic
  • Non-responsive
  • Listless
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Streaming from their eyes and nose
  • Coughing or deep coughing as though something is stuck in their throat.
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal heart rhythm


2. 
Potentially Dangerous Items for Your Pet -Toys, Beds, Bowls & Fake Treats 

We've touched on the toxic exposure for our cats and dogs from cheap pet beds and cheap toys in previous blogs but it's worth repeating again as a lot of pet owners don't want to believe it's possible or still prefer to buy cheap products without understanding the long term consequences to their pet's health. 

Putting it mildly, it's going to cost you more in the long run to try to reverse the damage these toxins do to your pet's liver or other organs than it is now, if you invest in some good eco-friendly products for your pet. Why all the fuss over this? More and more cats and dogs are suffering from intoxication from heavy metals found in common everyday pet products.. 

From investigations carried out on over 400 popular pet products 45%, nigh on half of all the products tested had "alarming levels of lead or other toxic chemicals" And these very same chemicals have been linked to reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, liver toxicity and cancer. Click here to see the top 5 most common toxins found in pet products.

Avoid using metal and plastic bowls for feeding and water. Stop using metal bowls due to their trace levels of toxicity and plastic bowls, are known to collect bad bacteria that can enter your pet's body through their mouth and nose whilst eating or drinking and can cause infections in your pet. Go for glass or ceramic water and food bowls. For suggestions on safe toys for both your cat and dog click here and for eco-friendly bed choices you can design at home, click here.

Items you should avoid forever are fake treats such as raw hide chews and white chew bones for dogs and cat treats such as heavily processed chicken pieces. Don't feed them the rubbish treats found in the pet food aisle of your supermarket or pet shop. These types of treats are often a hot bed of toxic chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, bleach, artificial colours and sodium benzonate, are just some of the offenders. Other chemicals that have been found in products like raw hide treats are Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Chromium salts and Formaldehyde. If it's not real food i.e. you can't eat and share the treat with your cat and dog, then you shouldn't feed that crap to your pet. If it's not fit for human consumption it shouldn't be fit for your pet! Some of the best treats you can give to your pet is real food like liver, raw meat, raw bones, raw carrot, raw apple etc.


3. Ingredients Toxic to Dogs and Cats

Foods Cause the Most Pet Deaths 

There are certain foods that are seriously toxic for both cats and dogs mainly chocolate, avocado pip, macadamia nuts, grapes, tomatoes, onions etc. But what most pet owners don't understand is that kibbles are directly related to the majority of long term illnesses and toxicity in pets. Click here to see the 12 most poisonous ingredients found in your cat or dog's food

Through all the marketing blurb we've been wrongly lead to believe that real food is dangerous, that raw bones are toxic, that animals living in the home aren't the same as animals living in the wild. Any pet owner whose cat or dog has more outside access, have all seen the results of their normal gentle tame house cat come home with a bird or mice or their dog trying to take off after a rabbit, hen, duck etc.

Your dog and cat still to this day in 2020, have an ancestral digestive ecosystem. Throughout the whole of evolution Mother Nature has not changed that, nor has she given any animal the ability to cook. The entire animal kingdom throughout all the years on the planet has and continues to eat, raw food. Click here to read the top myths about raw feeding your pet

Feeding your pet's digestive system correctly is imperative for the functioning of your pet's blood, organs, brain, growth and systems, including the immune and lymphatic system. Cat's and dog's need real food and feeding unnatural and processed diet causes a whole host of ill health such as behavioural issuesobesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis, IBS, allergies, dermatitis, recurring infections, cancer, autoimmune diseases, pancreatitis etc. In fact the type of food you feed your cat and dog is so fundamental to their way of being it's known that poor diets such as processed or cooked food negatively impact gene mutation in your cat or dog. Also many pet food companies use GMO ingredients which are found to cause cancer and are responsible for chronic diseases in our pets.

Pet's are suffering long term ill health with cooked or processed foods. Everything about this type of food is geared for long digestion time - the total reverse of how your cat and dog's bodies are designed to cope with digestion, which is fast and rapid!

Raw feeding is normal and inline with the structure of your pet's stomach and intestinal system. Your pet has highly acidic digestive juices in the stomach working on breaking down the food, quickly absorbing the nutrition and then, quickly eliminating any waste.

Feeding your pet cooked or processed means it sits in their stomach for upto 15 hours which starts a massive domino chain reaction of negative effects. Starting with, the negative bacteria having time to build up. This seemingly small and insignificant action puts all your pet's organs into a situation of stress, starting with the pancreas.

Also look at the quality of your pet's drinking water. As more chemicals and minerals are added to the water from our taps, they impact your cats and dog's long term health. If you've got a water filter in your home, start filling your pet's water with this water instead of normal tap water.

"There is NO chronic disease, no autoimmune disease and certainly no cancer or other chronic condition in your pet that would not benefit from being "fed out of disease", via feeding your pet a BARF or real fresh food diet. I tell my clients that feeding raw whole foods is the best way to detox cats, dog and even for us. Basically the consumption of un-real food such as kibbles means the body misses out on the opportunity to use real food for the correct metabolic pathways". Dr Patricia Jordan. Click here to see the conditions raw feeding can treat.

"Raw food aids digestion and the immune system views the raw food as friendly and the cooked food as dangerous. This causes a defense reaction by white blood cells"  Dr Paul Kouchakoff clincal chemist in Switzerland and specialist in Digestive Leukocytosis.


4. Stress in Cats and Dogs

You might have thought this was limited to just humans but more pets are suffering from stress, emotional traumas and other mental illnesses such depression and anxiety. Sadly it's normally the result of their home environment and the energy of the people they share their home with. 

Through the study of quantum physics we know that humans and animals have energy fields around them and animals are actually vibrating at a higher energetic frequency than humans. In fact an animal's energy field is generally 10 times greater than a humans. 

Pets are so highly in tune with the environment around them that their whiskers are sensory receptors that allow them to understand the world around them and are super sensitive to things like changes in airflow and vibrations. The chakras located in the pads of their paws, and at the base of their ears allow your pet to ground itself and pick up on the energies from the earth, such as changes in the weather, thunderstorms rolling in etc. and they form part of their primary receptors for their natural survival instinct.

How does this effect you and them? 

Simply put, the energy you emit out, is magnetically attaching to your pet and vice versa. Something as simple as your words and mood will effect their energy. Added to this, studies have shown that animals can intuitively pick up on your thoughts and absorb their energy too. 

We are all made up of energy. Our bodies produce and generate energy as a result of chemical and electrical processes that occur at a cellular level. This energy can become unstable, erratic, stagnant or depleted due to physical, emotional, dietary or spiritual imbalances.

"The huge difference between humans and animals is that animals have an unique system for living in balance and harmony with the planet and your pet will feel an innate need to help bring you into a energetic frequency of grounding and stability". Alecia Evans, animal communicator and healer

It's your energy the your pet is absorbing. If there are tensions at home, you're nervous, anxious or in a stressed state your cat or dog will absorb the energy and feel the need to calm you down, which becomes a vicious circle for your pet.

"When animals aren't living in environments that are in tune with their natural state of being they begin to develop wellness and health issues. Your cat and dog's cells are affected by every experience they have as well as creating an effect within the body. It's so deep rooted in their bodies that your pet's cells seek "homeostatic regulation" and are constantly striving to feel or return to a sense of peace, which provides them with balance, healing and rest. As such, cells are seeking one sensation – peace, happiness and joy. These biochemical sensations tell these cells (and the whole body) that everything is safe and well". Dr Isla Fishburn

Your dog and cat will thrive when everything is in balance - homeostasis and it's an important aspect in your cat and dog's wellness. When physical, mental and emotional stressors exceed the body's ability to cope, imbalances begin and if your pet's body is constantly trying to catch up because they are trying to harmonise your energy or the energy in the home, it will deplete your cat and dog's resources, energy and balance to the point they become emotionally and physically unwell.

To optimise your cat's and dog's wellness, their WHOLE body needs to feel a sense of peace, as it's a vital part of homeostatic regulation. Simple ways to help your pet are through meditations, acupuncture, EFT, chakra healing or reiki as these will all help rebalance the energies of your pet's body and bring your cat and dog's body back into alignment to allow energy to flow naturally and correctly,

"Animals are as complex as we are with intelligence and spiritual awareness and this not only applies to animals but is running through every form of life on the earth, as nature is sentient". Martha Williams.

Signs of Stress in Cats and Dogs

  • Inappropriate elimination - such as soiling outside the litter box or around the house, on your clothes etc.
  • Destroying things or tearing up the house
  • Excessive and constant crying or barking/meowing.
  • Scratching constantly at for example the door to get out to you or furniture.
  • Hiding or fearful behaviour.
  • Changes in their feeding, generally to the point they are not really eating.
  • Neediness or your pet is very clingy
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Seems always depressed, nervous or highly strung
  • Excessive biting of their paws or over-grooming in a need to self soothe such as sucking or chewing on their tail to self soothe


5. Injections/Over-vaccinations 

Always a controversial topic but as more evidence becomes available it's highlighting two important facts.

1) "The actual duration of immunity of vaccines for pets is a lifetime. Once your pet has been immunized, it's good for a lifetime and repeating vaccines increases the chances of adverse effects like cancer happening" Dr Pat Jordan and veterinary immunologist Dr Ronald Schultz.

2) "Re-vaccinating an animal with existing vaccine immunity makes no difference at all to the immune status of the animal. i.e. the animal's immune system mops up the vaccine before it can 'boost' the immune system. I believe most booster vaccinations for cats and dogs are, at best useless, and at worst may contribute to immunologic disease including auto-immune disease, food hypersensitivities and atopic dermatitis and other itching skin diseases". Dr Nick Thompson

Cats and dogs are still today being pushed to have boosters or annual vaccinations that are unnecessary and are in fact exposing your pet to more toxins long term. There is a big difference between protecting pets with the core vaccines required when they are young to over vaccinating adult pets to the point of destroying their health, especially considering that once immunized, your pet is good for life. 

Equally shocking stories of where pet owners are being told they have to 're-start' vaccines if you are late for annual vaccinations 'is inconsistent with fundamental immune system function and the principles of immunological memory'. WSAVA.

Vaccinations stimulate the immune system and many holistic veterinarians believe that giving unnecessary vaccinations can contribute to auto-immune disease such as long standing allergic skin and gut problems, even cancer. Many studies link the aluminum adjuvant in vaccines to the cancers that are seen at the area of vaccination administration. Added to this, the aluminum in the vaccinations has a higher carcinogen grade than UV light and the macrophages,- types of immune cells within the body, have also been found to absorb this aluminum taking it to other areas of the body in attempt to rid the body of this toxic foreign invader.

Stop over-vaccinating your cat and dog. Once it's done, it's done and if you're worried then a better route for your pet is titer testing which should give you peace of mind rather than blindly re vaccinating your pet and increasing their exposure to carcinogens. Also be aware of the long term effects to health from other prescription medicines and chemical based anti-flea treatments. They are some great natural flea treatment alternatives that work in harmony with the body. Click here to see a flea and tick neem talc that is safe for both cats and dogs or a flea and tick treatment that also helps improve your pet's skin and coat condition.


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