It’s springtime, which is the best time of year for a detoxifying cleanse. Why? Because it’s warmer outside, your body can use less work to keep itself at a safe temperature. You don’t want to stress your body out unnecessarily during a detox because your system is more vulnerable.

This is also an ideal time of year because we have spent most of the winter building up toxins from forced hibernation.

Cleansing has been known to provide several benefits by ridding the body of built up toxins. People have been doing it for a very long time through fasting, diet and supplemental usage. Now we are finding out that our pets also need help in ridding the toxins we put upon them just by bringing them into our homes.

Most pet health symptoms, illness and diseases are caused by an accumulation of toxins that our pets are not able to eliminate. Chronic illnesses that didn’t exist 40 years ago are now very common in household pets due to poor immune systems.

Poor nutrition, over-vaccinating and exposure to environmental toxins around the home are all large factors contributing to poor immunity and health.

Common symptoms of toxicity in pets

Skin Problems: Skin rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis, Tumors, Cysts, Infected Wounds, Acne and other non-allergy skin problems i.e., Mange (see Calendula ExtractMega Omega-3 and Rejuva Spray)
Dog and cat Constipation and Diarrhea
Kidney and Liver problems
itchy dogCancers
Intestinal parasites, Urinary tract infections (see Yeast & Fungal D’Tox)
Cat fur ball problems
Dog valley fever
Bad Breath
Stinky Coat
Itchy Feet/Tail
                    ….and the list goes on!

Much of these symptoms can be avoided or reduced naturally by cleansing your pet from the inside out and providing a high quality diet.

If the diet has been less than high quality, it is most likely that the cells, organs and body systems are not able to function as efficiently as possible. Over time toxins accumulate in the body breaking it down from the inside out.

Where do Toxins come from? 
air quality toxinsA few common sources of toxins:

Air Qaulity - Contaminents and toxins from cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and other household items used for cleaning gather in air and severely damage the health of in-home atmosphere.
• Tap water
• Plastics - water dishes, chew toys.
• Fertilizers and pesticides - Pets walk on the lawn and then lick their paws.
• Commercial pet food i.e. fillers, chemical preservatives as in Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT, Propylene Glycol, Nitrates, Heavy Metals leaching from canned food. 
• Vaccinations, Pharmaceuticals, Drugs and Antibiotics - flea collars or drops are highly toxic.
• Fire retardants and antimicrobials - from pets bedding, accessories.
• Grooming Products - chemicals are absorbed through the skin or licked off by the animal.
• Teflon chemicals - toxic fumes are released into the air when cooking with non-stick pans. These fumes will kill birds.

About detoxifying your pet
Shawn Messonnier, DVM at DogChannel.com, gives great advice on detoxing your pet:

Using gentle herbal and homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements help cleanse the dog’s body and allow greater healing to occur. The following tips can help you with your pet’s detoxification:

1. A brief fast lasting 12 to 24 hours can benefit most pets. Plenty of fresh, clean, filtered water should be available to your pet during this time.

2. Symptoms get worse before they get better. Everything has to come out and as your pet’s body rids itself of toxins it will experience these toxins more than normal. Do not discontinue the detox at this point unless you feel your pet’s life is in danger.

3. Do not bathe your pet during a detox. Brushing, however, is just fine!

4. Upgrade Food & Treats. Switching to a more natural food can benefit your dog’s long-term health. Feeding a high-quality, natural diet is one of the simplest steps you can take to minimize toxins accumulating in your dog’s body.

Azmira: Lifestyle Dog Formula
Azmira: Classic Cat Food Feline Poultry Formula

5. Providing supplements can help heal a dog’s damaged gastrointestinal system. Because a damaged gastrointestinal system can lead to further absorption of toxins, this is an important step for most dogs undergoing a detoxification program. The liver is one of the main organs of detoxification – a damaged liver allows toxins to accumulate in the dog’s body.

- Prebiotics and Probiotics (to support healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients) Azmira Daily Boost- Glutamine (an amino acid which serves as fuel for GI cells) 
- Herbs

Daily Boost contains Milk Thistle, an herb used to detoxify and heal a damaged liver, is useful when detoxing a dog. 
See Azmira’s Parasite Kit for dogs with parasitic infestations. 
Solid Gold Seameal, with nineteen species of sea vegetation, supports the immune system and thyroid, fights allergies and aids in digestion.

6. Homeopathics are often used as part of a gentle whole-body detoxification. Lymphomyosot, berberis, and nux vomica are homeopathic remedies designed to allow a gentle detoxification of the urogenital system, gastrointestinal system, and blood and lymphatic systems.

Azmira: D’toxifier – Dr Newman’s Blend – Promotes prevention and reversal of acute or chronic symptoms by reducing toxic waste in the body, promotes the use of available nutrients to fuel healing and long-term wellness.

Azmira: Calendula Extract – For pets with skin problems. 

Azmira: Yeast & Fungal D’Tox – Promotes antifungal, antibacterial and anti-yeast properties, helps eliminate Candida overgrowth and ringworm infections.

Azmira: Skin & Liv-a-Plex – Adresses liver congestion and poor metabolism responsible for the manifestation of skin and coat disorders, aids toxic livers, improper fatty metabolism, impure blood, bacterial grown and hormonal imbalance.