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Chlorella For Cats & Dogs

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Chorella (Chlorella vulgaris) a plant algae that is full of chlorophyll hence its beautiful deep green colour. It's more famous for its ability to help eliminate heavy metals from the body as it binds with them, it can also help remove synthetics. Chlorella is a superfood that provides a perfect balance of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and similar to spirulina, is full of amino acids essential to the body.

There are a lot of chlorella products on the market as chlorella varies across the algae, depending on where it is grown, harvested, and then how it is processed for consumption. Ideally, you need to look for a product that doesn't have anything else added, so is pure chlorella, and one that is also high in nutrients. Certain extraction/manufacturing processes reduce the level of bioavailable nutrients or look to mix it with things such as rice powder or herbs etc. but for your pet, the best you can get is just pure chlorella powder as it can be given directly or mixed into your pet's food and it won't be diluted down with the addition of other ingredients or fillers, etc. to make it into a pill form.

It is really good to get into the habit of helping your pet detox in both spring and autumn. These are the ideal seasons and follow the natural rhythm of the body for detoxing itself for the season ahead. But as with everything, your pet's health primarily comes down to the quality of food your cat or dog is eating. If it's not real food and raw as designed by nature, and you're giving your pet processed food or drugs, etc, the more toxins your pet's body will be forced to hold. This toxic load will put huge amounts of strain on the liver, pancreas, lymphatic system, etc. 

Feeding a raw or BARF diet heals so many of the health issues we are seeing in pets today. Begin cleaning up your pet's diet and aid your pet's recovery to excellent health by adding in natural supplements such as chlorella, spirulina, Diatomaceous earth, fulvic acid, etc. A raw diet with good natural supplements is preventative medicine and would mean you'd never have to do a detox with your cat or dog. Additionally eliminating the use of chemical based flea treatments, and vaccines, are all ways to reduce the level of toxicity pets are unnecessarily exposed to today.


Benefits of Chlorella

  • Naturally high in chlorophyll
  • Supports the immune system
  • Supports the liver
  • Helps the lymphatic system eliminate toxins from the body
  • High in antioxidants
  • Full of plant minerals and vitamins that are bioavailable to the body
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Improves metabolism, especially of fats
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Contains essential fatty acids the body needs
  • Natural source of iron
  • Aids digestion
  • Supports eye health
  • Good natural source of dietary fibre
  • High in iodine
  • Natural source of vitamin K
  • High in nucleic acid which helps the body to repair, rebuild and regenerate
  • Stimulates tissue growth and repair
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Binds to heavy metals and radiation to help clear them from the body
  • Natural deodorizer so helps improve body odour and breathe
  • Can change a pet's behaviour, making them calmer as you eliminate, reduce inflammation, etc.


Is Chlorella Safe for Pets? 

Yes, Chlorella is a great nutritional supplement to add to your pet's diet. If your pet is in good health it is a safe supplement to feed to both cats and dogs and is tolerated by most pets. However, in some rare cases, it can have adverse reactions for those pets that are allergic to either mold or iodine. If your pet has a thyroid issue please speak with your vet prior to adding this into your pet's diet. Chlorella can negatively impact animals that have thyroid disease as it is naturally high in iodine. 

It can also have an impact on other allopathic medicines that are being used for autoimmune diseases and cancer. However due to chlorella's ability to help the body eliminate toxins and aid the body in repair and regenerating you should work with your vet to add chlorella into your pet's diet whlist taking into account any underlying health condition or drugs. 

Side Effects 

  • If your pet's condition worsens or does not improve speak with your integrative vet
  • Do not feed young puppies or kittens less than 6 months
  • Can act as a laxative for some pets, especially if given too much too quickly
  • It may cause constipation in some pets
  • Do not give to pets with thyroid issues or disease unless under the care of your vet
  • Avoid giving to pregnant or lactating pets
  • May cause bloating and flatulence at the beginning whilst the body adjusts
  • Do not feed chlorella to pets that are on blood thinners unless under the guidance of your vet


How to Give Chlorella to Cats & Dogs

Forms of use:
  • Powder
  • Pill/tablet

Administration can be via
  • Given orally 
  • Applied topically


Chlorella Dosage for Pets  

Cats & Dogs

Please take the time to research and buy a good pure product that does not contain any fillers, artificial colours, preservatives, etc. Ingredients are everything which is why it's so important to buy quality products that are as close to their natural state as is possible. 

Buy chlorella that is fit for human consumption only and then amend the dosage for your cat and dog. Unfortunately with chlorella, there are a lot of products that have been adultered or fermented etc. so they actually contain limited health benefits. Remember that sadly the pet industry is much less regulated than it is for humans, which is why it is better to buy a chlorella powder fit for human consumption and is nutrient dense, then adjust the feeding amount accordingly. 

Take into account that using chlorella will purge your cat or dog's body of toxins so go slow or adjust the dosage up or down depending on the results you're seeing with your pet. If things get worse speak with your vet but you should never send your pet into a rapid detox or detox crash. Work in harmony with the body and allow the body to detox at its own pace, which will vary for each individual animal. As the body will not only have to do a deep clean-up and elimination job, it will also need to continue to maintain normal metabolic processes and function, which is why it's important to respect each individual cat and dog. You may not see an immediate result but over the long term, you should see your pet's health improve. 

Once you know the detox has completed you can reduce the amount you're feeding or do a seasonal mini detox with your pet. A good time to do this is in line with mother nature's natural detox periods, which are spring and autumn. These seasons prepare the body for the seasons ahead so it aligns with the natural rhythms of eliminating toxins from the body. You can interchange chlorella with spirulina in summer and winter or with another natural supplement that helps maintain a healthy terrain for your pet and diversifies the range of nutrients they have access to.

Recommendations for use:

Aim to buy pure chlorella in powder form as this will give you the greatest flexibility with its use. Follow the manufacturer's instructions but make sure you adjust the recommended amount to fit the needs of your pet based on size and weight. One size does not fit all and you'll know your pet better than anyone but as a general rule of thumb; for cats start around 1/8 of a tsp and for dogs use about 1/4 tsp and work your way towards the recommended dose.

Chlorella can be taken with or away from food. If you're using it as a natural preventative supplement, just add a sprinkle or small pinch (depending on the size and weight) to your cat or dog's food.  If you're giving this daily to your pet, most owners begin to see a difference in 4 to 6 weeks. It will vary depending on the individual cat or dog but you'll notice better skin condition, fur, brighter eyes, and better vitality.

If you're doing a detox, chlorella will be more effective in eliminating the toxins if given away from food. Start will half the recommended dosage and increase to the recommended amount needed according to how your pet is responding and your cat or dog's level of toxicity and overall health. Chlorella should be mixed with clean water, (properly filtered or distilled, not tap water) and can be fed as a green drink, or gently squirted directly into your pet's mouth, using just the plastic part of a syringe. 

If you're detoxing your pet from heavy metals or radiation, remember to go slow so your pet doesn't have a detox crash, but you should begin to see an improvement in your pet around the 6 week mark, depending on their level of toxicity. Keep going, in order to eliminate any and all inorganic material from your pet's body. Once this is complete you'll want to do a regular detox with your pet.

Chlorella can be used topically to help treat burns, and wounds, ease inflammation, etc. Make a small paste using chlorella and water and apply it topically to the affected area. It will be difficult to keep your pet from licking the area but try to give time for the chlorella to work topically before your pet decides to lick off the poultice. You could also make a more watery solution and use it to bathe the affected area a few times a day.

This article is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your holistic veterinarian for proper diagnosis and your pet's individual treatment plan. 


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Resources

Nature's Pharmacy - Pamela Duff
https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-chlorella-89048

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