Why is it important to cleanse your dog? Well, compared to us, their toxin-expelling organs (such as the lungs, liver, kidneys) are much smaller than ours, so they work overtime to get rid of toxins. Your dog trusts you with their health, so you don't want to let them down.
So where do you start with a holistic dog cleanse that’ll put them in the best shape possible? Here are five keys to a successful canine cleanse.
It almost goes without saying, but it's very important to keep tabs on what you are feeding your dog. Some standard supermarket pet foods have chemical additives - some of which may be toxic for their insides to handle.
On the other hand, dog treats that have all-natural ingredients, such as Bugsy’s Running Wild Emu and Red Date snacks. These sweet treats are rich in essential minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc which help to purify the liver and the red dates also act as a very effective detoxifier.
While the water that flows through our pipes is ok to drink, it doesn't mean it's the healthiest option.
Our tap water contains some harsh chemicals like fluoride and chlorine that have to be broken down by our bodies and aren't the best for us, let alone our precious fur babies.
Water filtration means eliminating the chemicals which means you and your dog can drink the cleanest, purest water possible so they have a better chance of living a longer, more enjoyable life.
Just like there are chemicals in our tap water that we shouldn't drink, there are chemicals in our everyday household products we shouldn't breathe in.
This goes for perfumes, air fresheners, cleaning sprays and liquids, and pretty much everything else that has a long list of ingredients.
We can always look for versions of these products that have natural ingredients where available and for things like cleaning liquids, you can easily make your own with white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons.
You probably know that you need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and the same is true for dogs.
No matter their size or indoor habits, exercise is a must. The long list of benefits includes improved lung function and circulation of blood and lymph fluids; two key means of detoxifying the entire body.
Making regular exercise a part of your dog's daily routine not only has great health and cleansing benefits, but it’s also a chance for you both to have fun - and they'll love you for that too!
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Exposure to the toxic chemicals that lie around your house is not ideal for dogs and it’s important to create an environment for them with the best air quality.
Make sure your dog isn't around anywhere where there is increased exposure to toxic chemicals and be sure to maximise the use of household fans and air purifiers. Even keeping the window open does wonders for air quality.
We all want to keep our dogs feeling healthy, inside and out. And at the end of the day, our health is all we have so it's our responsibility to make sure our dogs are getting the best quality of life too.