By Trish Hernandez
For The Taos News
Three of my dogs have died too early from cancer. The following is important information from an online veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker. For a full report and a video go on drkarenbecker.com.
According to the article, any chronic health problems in today’s dogs and cats are due in part to the toxic load they carry around with them. A “toxic load” is the quantity of chemicals and other biologically foreign substances that accumulate in the body of an animal over weeks, months and years. In many cases, the heavier the load, the sicker the animal.
Your pet’s liver and kidneys are assigned the task of clearing toxins from the body as yours are. When you consider the small size of your dog or cat’s organs compared to yours, it’s easy to see that it wouldn’t take exposure to too many foreign substances before your pet’s toxic load became too heavy to manage. The organs of the body begin to wear out when too much is demanded of them for too long.
When your pet’s detoxifier organs can’t keep up with the toxic load for whatever reason, the body will try to remove the waste by other means, such as through the skin or mucous membranes.
Chronic conditions, such as skin itching and irritation, ear infections and GI disturbances (typically intermittent vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools), are often signs of a buildup of toxins your pet’s body can not effectively process. When all waste removal systems fail or are inadequate and your pet’s body becomes overwhelmed with toxins, serious health conditions will begin to develop.
Factors that contribute to your pet’s toxic load
Many sources of toxins have the potential to build up inside your pet. Three of the biggest offenders include
• Environmental toxins found inside and out, for example, polluted indoor air, chemical household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
• Vaccines and other drugs, also flea/tick and heartworm preventives.
• Processed pet foods containing allergenic ingredients, including grains and other carbohydrates, preservatives and other chemicals.
• Being fed a single source of protein day in and day out for an extended period of time.
Your dog and cat live low to the ground, so they are getting a whopping dose of whatever is under their feet, whether it’s tile cleaner residue or a fresh application of weed killer. If you’ve been taking your pet for re-vaccinations every year as so many traditional vets and other pet healthcare workers still insist on, and perhaps you’re also applying a chemical flea/tick preventive during the warmer months, chances are your dog or cat’s system is heavily burdened with the toxic byproducts of these chemicals.
In addition, many pet owners feed their dog or cat the same dry pet food day in and day out for years. Pets fed in this manner sooner or later develop sensitivities to both the single source of protein in most of these foods as well as certain allergenic ingredients.
Recommendations for lowering your pet’s toxic load
Try to keep your pet away from outdoor areas known to be heavily laden with pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Do a foot soak when you bring your pet home. Regular foot soaks can get rid of chemicals and allergens picked up on paws.
Don’t hesitate to bathe your dog regularly, especially if she has irritated skin. Bathing washes allergens away, along with any chemicals and other foreign molecules that might be riding around on her fur.
Improve your pet’s indoor air environment by forbidding smoking in your home and office and switching to nontoxic cleaning products. Also, consider investing in an air purifier to control dust mites.
Provide clean, pure, high-quality drinking water for your dog or cat. It shouldn’t contain fluoride, heavy metals or other contaminants.
Use chemical pest and parasite preventives only as absolutely necessary and for the minimum time necessary to protect your pet. Few areas of the U.S. have flea and tick or heartworm problems significant enough to require year-round chemical protection for pets.
Feed a balanced, species-appropriate diet. Raw or homemade is recommended over commercial as these commercial diets contain toxic and unhealthy ingredients that will harm your pet over time: think animal by-products. Rotating the protein sources your pet eats is extremely important as is strictly limiting or eliminating grains.
Regular exercise provides your pet with countless benefits, including helping the body’s detoxification efforts. Physical movement promotes regular elimination, which moves wastes from the body in urine and feces. Exercise also stimulates blood circulation and lymph fluid transit, so toxins are moved efficiently to the liver and kidneys for processing. Find a good holistic veterinarian for natural detoxins.
The Taos Bark will bring you more information regarding the foods we give our pets and how it contributes extensively to cancer.
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