Dog Detox - Cleanse & Detoxify

Does your Mini Schnauzer need a dog detox?
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Most of us have heard of body cleansing or detoxification for humans, but for pets... really?

Toxins are all around our us and can cause our pets health problems or worsen any existing health related issues they may have. Is it Dog Allergies or a Dog Yeast Infection?

Just think about it for a moment. Take a good look around the environment in which you live. There are so many known carcinogens like polluted air, cigarette smoke, smog, pesticides, mold, fungus, weed killers, fluoride in tap water, chemicals used in plastics, aerosol sprays, room deodorizers, chlorine, and the list goes on and on.

Next, add to the list any ingested toxins like food preservatives or other chemically enhanced dog food ingredients, prescription medications your dog might be on, and all the canine vaccines they take on a yearly basis. Oh, and don't forget to include any accidental ingestion of toxins from licking their paws to chewing on an old toys or getting into trash. Now you can really begin to see just how quickly toxins can build up in your Miniature Schnauzer and exactly why a dog detox might be in order.

Everyday Toxins Affecting Our Pets

Toxins Affecting Our Pet

When a dog is healthy, the organs responsible for removing toxins (the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, and skin) can do their job. But when a dog is not at optimum health or when these organs are overburdened, toxins may begin to build up in your Schnauzer's body, which can then lead to a whole host of health problems.

Signs of Toxic Overload in Dogs

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • lethargy
  • prone to infections
  • allergies
  • skin rashes
  • hot spots
  • parasites
  • tumors or cysts
  • any existing health problems

So what can we do as responsible Schnauzer owners? Reduce the exposure to these toxins and cleanse their bodies, ie a dog detox!

And its really not that hard to do. Reducing toxins from your Mini Schnauzer can begin with just making some simple changes.

10 Simple Ways for a Dog Detox

  1. First, if you are a smoker, please don't smoke around your pet. Get in the habit of going outside to have your cigarette. Secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, so you will be doing your dog and the rest of your family members a great service.
  2. Next, make time to exercise your dog daily. Exercise will not only keep the fat off your Miniature Schnauzer, but a good brisk walk a couple of times a day will improve blood circulation as well as help the elimination process of waste materials through the digestive tract.
  3. Provide fresh, filtered water only. Your Miniature Schnauzer should have access to clean fresh water at all times. Besides preventing dehydration, filtered water consumption can aid in toxin elimination.
  4. Keep air quality of your home as clean as possible. Besides not smoking around your Schnauzer (as mentioned above) there are other ways you can improve the air he breathes. Vacuum on a regular basis to prevent the build-up of dust, keep your home well ventilated, forgo the aromatic room deodorizers like sprays or plug-ins, and consider buying an air purifier to remove mold spores, pollen, pet dander, smoke and dust.
  5. Begin using eco-friendly household cleaning products which are both safe and effective when cleaning your home. Regular household cleaners are chock full of toxic, harsh chemicals and not good for our pets or the environment. Remove environmental toxins and GO GREEN!
  6. Regular grooming is also an important part of a dog detox. Every time you groom you Miniature Schnauzer you help detoxify dog as toxins are eliminated through the skin and allow it to breathe. Grooming also improves your dog's overall circulation. So brush your dog daily and eliminate toxins.
  7. Choose natural remedies for treating common problems like fleas and ticks on your dog. Although some conventional medications might be necessary (vaccines, heartworm meds) when it is appropriate, try and lessen the toxic overload by using alternative ways or natural treatments for better pet health.
  8. Minimize your Schnauzer's exposure to outdoor pollutants and chemicals. Never allow your dog on lawns that are recently treated with weed killers or pesticides. Always rinse your dog's paws off when he comes insides and be sure to pay close attention that he does not eat or lick any grass. And although you cannot control what your neighbor's and dog parks use to treat their lawns, you can choose to use organic weed killers and organic pesticides that are safer for pets and the environment.
  9. Provide probiotics and enzymes to support a healthy digestive system which in turn keeps toxins moving through and out of your dog before they can damage the intestinal walls or be reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
  10. Consider adding supplements that support the liver, kidneys, and colon, all of which are working hard to remove toxins from your Miniature Schnauzer. Detox formulas containing herbs like milk thistle, red clover, dandelion, and astragalus can provide support and gentle detoxification. Check out these natural detox products that help support your pet's immune system.

AND one more that is super important... please provide you Miniature Schnauzer with only healthy foods. If you haven't yet, take a moment to read through our Dog food Series and you will see just how important it is that your Schnauzer eats a high quality, all natural food. And be sure his dog treats are all natural, too.

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