It’s Time For A Spring Clean: A Guide To The Ultimate Doggy Detox.

Spring cleaning shouldn’t just happen in the spare room. Your dog needs an internal spring clean as well. 

Your dog is exposed to a lot of toxins throughout their lives and it’s important to have an allocated time in the year to release those toxins effectively and safely. 

Some common toxins we need to detoxify from include:

  • Household cleaning products 
  • Food additives
  • Mould 
  • Shampoos and other dog cleaning products

The list goes on!

The Science Behind Detoxing:

Detoxing is “a process of disposing of toxic substances by converting them into non-toxic substances.” Here we focus on the liver and intestines which both play a key role in the detoxification process [1]

The process of liver detoxification includes:

  1. Enzymes convert fat-soluble toxins into water soluble ones.
  2. The water-soluble toxins travel to the gallbladder and kidneys to be eliminated.


You might find that your dog might drink more water, meaning the detoxification process is working. 

Some key signs that it is time for a doggy detox include: 

  • Chaotic behaviour
  • Dry flaky skin
  • Stomach upset

Ingredients To Watch:

Milk Thistle - to protect your liver and help eliminate digestive discomfort including bloating and flatulence.

Dandelion Root - for its effective use in treating liver conditions.

Burdock Root - for its germ killing and blood purifying properties and well as addressing skin conditions such as psoriasis. 

A go-to recommendation:

Canine Skin & Coat Organic Herbal Formula (80g)

Bugsy’s Skin and Coat formula is a unique blend of traditional skin, liver, and kidney herbs that aid in healthy detoxification while systematically bringing down inflammation. Healthy skin and a vibrant coat comes from the inside out. Our systemic formula helps improve blood and lymphatic flow, reduces itching and assists skin cell regeneration resulting in reduced skin inflammation and a shinier coat. Results can be seen in as little as 2-6 weeks. Not to be used for dogs with diabetes when pregnant or lactating. All natural and chemical free.

Formulated by Rita Hogan who attended Hawthorn School of Medicine for canine herbalism and wrote for Dog Naturally Magazine for 5 years.



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[1] Yavuz, M., & Sanli, E. R. (2018). Investigation Of The Natural Cat And Dog Detox Products On Rats. Feb-Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 2985. 

[2] Henriques, J. (2022, July 18th). 5 Tips To Help Your Dog Detox Life’s Daily Toxins. Dog Naturally. 

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