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Detox Your Dog & Cat With Bentonite Clay

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Luxolite or Calcium Bentonite Clay (Montmorillonite clay) is derived from the ash of volcanoes but it's classed as a natural healing clay. Its individual components vary depending on the region, but it's been used for centuries as a natural remedy to help with detoxing, especially from heavy metal toxicity as it adsorbs toxins to draw them out of the body. 

Bentonite clay is a great alternative to activated charcoal but with the added benefit of working with heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic for elimination.

Pets are exposed to hundreds of toxicities daily, everything from your chemical-based cleaning products, scented candles, chemical shampoos, toxic flea treatments, vaccinations, chemical preservatives in processed foods, etc. that ultimately all build up to create havoc in the body, starting with inflammation.

Calcium Bentonite Clay's natural healing benefits mean it can be used both internally or applied topically to help aid the body in eliminating toxins. It's full of trace vitamins and minerals and acts as a great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory that can be used to help your cat and dog. 

Once you've detoxed your dog or cat, look at ways to reduce their overall exposure to toxins. Eliminate household cleaning products with more natural alternatives such as bicarbonate soda or apple cider vinegar. Stop flea problems by giving olive leaf extract and making your own homemade flea treatment. Make your own distilled water to drink.

More importantly, look at what you're feeding your pet. If your pet is not being fed a species-appropriate diet then inevitably there will always be health issues. Try to eliminate processed kibble from your pet's diet as they contain lots of toxicity in the form of synthetics and chemical enhancers that are responsible for many common health issues in cats and dogs. 


Benefits of Calcium Bentointe Clay

  • Used to detox from heavy metals
  • Can be used to help treat skin conditions
  • Can be used to help heal wounds
  • Ingesting bentonite clay combined with water helps cleanse the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder
  • Helps with intestinal cleansing and supports digestion
  • If applied topically can help with insect bites
  • Can help relieve pain and irritation from skin conditions
  • Helps relieve IBS and gastroenteritis
  • Helps remove the toxins from vaccines
  • Helps drain boils naturally
  • Can protect against bacterial infections
  • Functions as an antibiotic when combined with water to make a paste and applied topically
  • Helps reduce the effects of leaky gut
  • Can help stop vomiting and diarrhoea
  • The powder can be applied directly to the fur to help with flea prevention

 
Is Calcium Bentonite Clay Safe for Pets? 

Yes if used in small quantities and you ensure you have a good quality clay that is human-grade and fit for consumption. If taken appropriately and for a limited time period, it's safe. Consider Bentonite Clay as a type of medicine to help your pet in the interim, and not as an everyday supplement, unless recommended by your holistic vet.

Luxolite or calcium bentonite clay is a great way to get micronutrients and trace minerals into your pet's body. However beware, there are numerous poor quality Bentonite Clay products on the market that are contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides, etc. Know and investigate correctly the source of your clay so as not to risk the health of your pet with a poor quality-controlled product.

* Seek out products that are fit for human consumption. Unfortunately, the pet industry works to really low-quality standards when it comes to pet products. Choosing a clay just for cats or dogs mean it's likely you'll end up with a product of inferior quality unless the brand your choosing, is working to really strict human-grade standards for their products, and regularly test their batches for multiple contaminations such as pesticides, lead, etc.
 
**Never Use Sodium Bentonite Clay**. This can be highly toxic to your pet, yes even the sodium bentonite found in some cat litters. Sodium bentonite clay is a clumping, swelling clay that acts like cement. In comparison, Calcium Bentonite Clay is a non-swelling clay which makes it safe to use both internally or externally.

Your pet should never be exposed to sodium bentonite clay and for cats using a cat litter with this ingredient, then cleaning themselves afterward, has the potential for dire results to your cat's health. (1)  As an alternative to commercial litters, look for organic cat litter, sawdust, or better still, replace store-bought litter with garden soil, sand, or organic potting soil. 


Side Effects 

In rare cause may cause bloating, gas, some abdominal discomfort. If this is the case with your pet, stop its use immediately.

Can cause dehydration and constipation so you need to ensure your pet has lots of water.

Overuse can cause nutrient depletion if taken in large amounts and over long periods of time. Use should be limited to small amounts and just over the course of a few weeks at most.

If your pet's condition worsens or doesn't improve, stop its use.

Check with your vet if your cat or dog is on medications to prevent interactions or it binding with the medication. 


How to Give Bentonite Clay to Cats & Dogs 

If your cat or dog has a serious health condition or is on medication please consult with your holistic vet before giving Bentonite Clay to your pet.

Forms of use:

  • Powder
  • Capsules
  • Pill


Administration can be via:

  • Allowing your pet to self select the drinking water with the bentonite clay dissolved in
  • Given as pill/capsule
  • Made into a paste for topical application or taken orally
  • Added to bathwater


Bentonite Clay Dosage for Pets  

Consult with your holistic vet to form an individual detox plan geared towards your pet's specific needs. Also. if your cat or dog has a serious health condition, heavy metal poisoning, your pet is on medication or you're looking to use this as a treatment to help with diseases such as cancer, work with your holistic vet to implement a proper detox protocol as a way to support their body.

*Ensure your Luxolite or bentonite clay is food-grade for humans. Always know the source of your clay so you're not buying clay that is pre-contaminated with toxins.


Cats 

Ideally, give bentonite clay at least 1 -2 hours away from feeding times and three hours away from medications or supplements.

Amounts may be increased depending on the ailment being treated, body weight, age, and underlying health condition, work with your holistic vet to establish an individual plan for your cat. 

Keep the clay away from metals, including spoons.

For general purposes;

Start with a small amount, one or two pinches. It can be added to drinking water and thoroughly mixed in. Depending on the size of your cat you could use a few pinches up to about 1/4 teaspoon given daily. 

Mixed with water, you can give it via a dropper as an alternative to adding it to your cat's drinking water. This tends to work better with fussy cats to ensure your cat is taking the bentonite clay.

You could do a cleanse for 5, 10, or 14 days but take guidance from your cat. Their poo will let you know how they're getting on. If your cat becomes constipated or has diarrhoea either stop or reduce the amount your feeding orally. Remember natural treatments are to work in harmony with the body, not against it and your cat's poo is always your best first indicator to do with their internal health.

You can also make a paste. Use a small amount of clay mixed with filtered or distilled water. This paste can be applied topically as a poultice or feed to your cat. A paste is a great way to help heal your cat's wounds, especially for those outdoor cats that are always getting scrapes. If possible apply the poultice, then wrap the area in cling film to allow the clay time to work without your cat licking it off. Keep the clay moist or change it out when for a new poultice if it becomes dry. You could apply a poultice twice a day to help with wound healing.

If you're feeding the paste to your cat, aim for a runny mix so your cat is getting enough water to help the clay move through the digestive system and ensure your cat has plenty of fresh drinking water available throughout the day. 

You could also rub the paste around your cat's gums with your little finger to help draw toxins and bad bacteria out of the mouth. You could look to do this monthly to help your cat's oral health, especially for kibble-fed cats whom suffer from serious oral health conditions compared to raw-fed cats.

When you're applying it topically the paste can be thicker and applied directly to the affected area.

If you've purchased bentonite clay in tablets or capsules, follow the recommended guidelines but ensure the clay is from a good source and is fit for human consumption.


Dogs 

Ideally, give bentonite clay at least 1 -2 hours away from feeding times and three hours away from medications or supplements.

Amounts may be increased depending on the ailment being treated, body weight, age, and underlying health condition, work with your holistic vet to establish an individual plan for your dog.

Keep the clay away from metals, including spoons.

For general purposes;

Start with a small amount, one or two pinches. It can be added to drinking water and thoroughly mixed in. Depending on the size of your dog you could use a few pinches up to about ½ teaspoon given daily.

You could do a cleanse for 5, 10, or 14 days but take guidance from your dog. Their poo will let you know how they're getting on. If your dog becomes constipated or has diarrhoea either stop or reduce the amount your feeding orally. Remember natural treatments are to work in harmony with the body, not against it and your dog's poo is always your best first indicator to do with health.

You can also make a paste. Use a small amount of clay mixed with filtered or distilled water. This paste can be applied topically or feed to your dog. 

If you're feeding the paste to your dog, aim for a runny mix so your dog is getting enough water to help the clay move through the digestive system and ensure your dog has plenty of fresh drinking water. 

You could also rub the paste around your dog's gums with your little finger to help draw toxins and bad bacteria out of the mouth. You could look to apply this method monthly to help your dog's oral health, especially for dogs on kibble as they normally have serious oral health issues.

When you're applying it topically the paste can be thicker and applied directly to the affected area.

Add Luxolite to your dog's bath instead of toxic shampoos. It will help ward off fleas, draw out toxins in the skin and soothe any skin issues. Depending on the size of the dog add up to ½  a cup for small dogs, 1 cup for medium dogs, and 1 ½  for extra large dogs. Allow the water and clay to soak into the fur and skin before finally rinsing off. Spray with a homemade natural flea treatment mixture of water, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary and allow to dry naturally.

If you've purchased bentonite clay in tablets or capsules, follow the recommended guidelines but ensure the clay is from a good source and is fit for human consumption.

Doing intermittent or seasonal cleanses to help reduce the overall toxic load on your dog's and cat's body is a good idea. 

Detoxing with calcium bentonite clay can help your pet stay healthy by aiding the expulsion of environmental and ingested toxins and helping reduce the stress on the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and pancreas. 

Using bentonite clay is a preventative treatment that is easily done at home, is very economical to do but with long-lasting benefits in helping protect your pet's health.


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Resources

https://draxe.com/nutrition/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/
https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/bentonite_clay.html
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325241#removing-toxins-from-the-body
https://selfhacked.com/blog/what-is-bentonite-clay/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5632318/
https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/bentonite-clay-for-dogs/
(1) https://kapush.org/cat-litter/sodium-bentonite-cat-litter-dangers/
https://www.theholistichorse.com/shop/animal-products/cats/bentonite-clay-calcilite-calcium-for-cats/
https://fourleafrover.com/blogs/health/bentonite-clay-detox-for-dogs
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