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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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