Your dog’s environment is not as natural as it used to be. He’s exposed to countless chemicals and toxins daily. Knowing natural ways to counteract the harmful effects of pollutants can help. Here are three powerful natural ingredients that help detoxify and nourish your dog.
1. Burdock Root
Burdock root, or Arctium lappa, is a common weed plant that’s full of fiber and nutrients that help keep your dog’s body running smoothly. People have been using it for hundreds of years to cleanse toxins through the skin and liver.
Benefits Of Burdock Root For Dogs
Cleanses The Liver And Detoxifies The Blood
All detoxification pathways stem from the liver, including the skin. Burdock root supports the release of toxins and metabolic waste through the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system. This makes burdock root an excellent herb to use when transitioning your dog to a raw food diet.
Strengthens The Digestive System
Burdock root contains the prebiotic inulin, which feeds the good bacteria in the gut. Maintaining these helpful bacteria keeps your dog’s immune system strong. It also contains glucoside-Lappin, which helps relieve constipation, diarrhea, and poor appetite. Burdock root also helps fat digestion by stimulating bile release from the gall bladder.
Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory And Antibacterial
Burdock root contains quercetin. This is a well-researched flavonoid that helps prevent cell damage and chronic diseases like asthma and arthritis. It prevents and reduces inflammation by stopping enzymes the body uses to produce inflammation.
Promotes Healthy Skin
Burdock root stimulates blood circulation to the surface of the skin, which helps your dog heal faster. You can use burdock root whether your dog has flaky or oily skin, as it’s good for a variety of skin conditions. It’s also a great holistic option for treating dermal mast cell tumors.
May Help Dogs With Cancer
The lignans and flavonoids in burdock root reduce the damage caused by free radicals and pollutants at the cellular level. These may also slow down tumor growth and can prevent lipomas.
How To Give Your Dog Burdock Root
You can buy teas, powders, tinctures, capsules, and even natural root. Burdock root doesn’t taste very good to dogs, so a decoction is a good choice:
- Combine 1 cup cold water and 1 to 2 tsp dried or 2 tbsp fresh herb in a pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 10 more minutes. Strain the liquid and store in a container with a tight lid.
- Refrigerate for up to a week. Pour liberally over food
Chlorella is a type of microalgae, which is a single-celled organism that grows in water. It is technically not an herb and is available in powder form to add to your dog’s diet.
Benefits Of Chlorella For Dogs
Here are some reasons to add chlorella to your dog's diet.
Helps Remove Toxins From Your Dog’s Blood
Your dog may encounter heavy metals from pesticides, vaccines, processed pet food, environmental pollution, and flea or tick medications. Chlorella binds to and removes these toxins from your dog’s body. Studies have shown chlorella to reduce blood levels of lead and mercury in mice. It also improved E.coli resistance in rats.
Antioxidant And Anti-inflammatory
Chlorella fights unstable free radicals that cause damage to cells through oxidation. Free radicals lead to inflammation and issues like premature aging, arthritis, cancer, and more. One study of beagles with dermatitis showed that giving chlorella powder with food over four weeks reduced inflammation.
Helps Reduce Bad Breath
A plant pigment called chlorophyll is thought to prevent and treat bad breath. Besides this, it may also improve your dog’s skin and coat, help his eye health, slow down the aging process, and help his digestion.
How To Give Your Dog Chlorella
Quality can vary among brands of chlorella, so make sure to do your research. When possible, you want to choose a product that contains Chlorella pyrenoidosa species.
Add 50 mg per 25 lbs of body weight one to two times daily to your dog's food. If your dog is getting treatment for a specific condition and needs a boost to his immune system, you can double the dosage.
The benefits of this valuable weed for both people and animals have been well-researched in the past few years. You can use every part of this plant, including the stem, flower, leaves, and root.
Benefits Of Dandelion For Dogs
These are a few of the ways dandelion can help your dog.
Rich In Essential Nutrients
The leaves of dandelion contain vitamin A, C, K, D, and B complex. They also offer important minerals such as zinc, iron, manganese, and calcium. On top of all this goodness, dandelion also contains protein.
Helps Control Blood Sugar
Dandelion is good for managing diabetes, due to its ability to reduce blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to insulin. If your dog’s diabetic, discuss the possibility of using dandelion in his diet with your holistic veterinarian. You may need to adjust his blood sugar medications.
Antimicrobial, Anti-Inflammatory And Antioxidant
When used topically as a tea or tincture, dandelion can protect against infection. Dandelion also contains polyphenols, flavonoids, and terpenoids, which all help fight inflammation. The leaves and flowers are also high in antioxidants. These fight chronic disease and premature aging.
Improves Liver Function
The root of dandelion stimulates bile production and improves liver circulation. This aids the removal of toxins from the body. This also helps break down fats and reduce inflammation. This ability to eliminate toxins prevents lipomas.
Reduces Fluid Retention
Swollen body areas, diabetes, and gallbladder or kidney disease can all cause your dog to retain too much fluid in the body. You can use dandelion leaves as a diuretic when your dog is suffering from conditions that cause fluid retention. Unlike pharmaceutical diuretics, dandelion provides potassium that replaces what your dog loses through urination.
How To Give Your Dog Dandelion
Dandelion roots, leaves or flowers are all useful. Use them fresh, dried or brewed as a tea or tonic.
Fresh leaves: Add flowers or a few torn leaves to your dog's meal. A leaf or 2 for small dogs, more for larger dogs. Or you can blend leaves in a blender with some water, or sautée in some pastured butter and add to his meal.
Dried leaves or root: Crumble dried herb or chopped root onto your dog’s meal. You’ll need 1 tsp per 20 pounds body weight.
- Use 5g to 30g dried herb (leaves, root or flowers) infused in 8oz water for 10-15 minutes.
- You can use 1/3 of a cup of tea per 20 pounds of your dog’s body weight, up to 3 times a day.
Caution: Since dandelion is a diuretic, make sure your dog has ample opportunity to get outside for a pee during the day.
Now you know a few ways to resolve a variety of issues your dog may be facing. Give these natural disease-fighters a try.