Immediate Solution - Red Desert Clay
Cat and Dog diarrhea is a big deal for many animal owners – so we'd like to share a simple solution, which has worked so well. Even animals in the wild eat calcium montmorillonite clay to maintain good health.
NOTE: It's always a good idea
to have your pet checked out by a holistic vet first. The following information
is not intended to substitute for professional veterinarian advice, especially
to rule out the possibility of something more serious going on.
~ Stopping the Diarrhea ~
For all animals
Calcium Montmorillonite - Red Desert® Edible Clay
Red Desert® Clay
Most pet owners simply mix the Red Desert clay powder with their
pets meal. Some make a little thick mud
similar to butter consistency and allow their pet to lick the clay off their
hand or spatula. You can even put the clay on your cats paw where they can simply
lick it off. The goal is to ingest the clay in whatever way works best for you.
If you add the clay to your pets drinking water, it will sink to the bottom of
If your dog or cat has diarrhea, be sure to have plenty of water around to avoid dehydration.
Use non-metal utensils. Since Red Desert® Clay binds to metal ions, use non-metal utensils and bowls. Glass or ceramic bowls are optimum to avoid any possible leaching of toxins from aluminum and plastic containers. (Metal utensils often contain aluminum, nickel, tin and other metals that the clay will bind to.)
MEDICATIONS - Please note: If your pet is on medication, talk with your vet. The clay may bind to the meds, removing them as it would any other toxin.
Some vets will find that this clay can be taken two to three hours before or after medications.
Important: Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis for Dogs and Horses
If you're interested in finding out which heavy metal toxins your dog or horse is high in and learning how to balance their essential minerals, scroll down below or click here for canine and here for equine for more info.
Suggested Dosages for Housepets
The dosage doesn’t have to be perfect. Some like to feed their pets a little more than suggested, and others a little less. Follow your intuition, or ask your vet for guidance.
5 to 20 lbs - 1/8th to 1/4th level teaspoon
25 to 50 lbs - 1/4th to 1/2 level teaspoon
50 to 75 lbs - 1/2 to 3/4th level teaspoon.
100 lbs consider one teaspoon twice a day.
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Horses can be given heaping tablespoons at a time.
A couple of times per day, you can give your horse two heaping tablespoons of Red Desert® clay. This clay will bind to toxins, unfriendly bacteria and more throughout the body. It can also reduce moisture in the intestines, which will make the waste more solid as it moves through your pets colon. You should see results in the next day or two in most cases.
(Important note: Be sure that your pets fluid intake is maintained, so dehydration does not occur. If your pet is dehydrated you can usually encourage him to drink using a syringe. If he is very dehydrated take him to the veterinarian immediately.)
As featured on Animal Planet - Animals in the wild eat calcium montmorillonite to keep their digestive tracts clean and to remove poisonous toxins they may have eaten, causing them to be sick. Do not feed your pet just any betonite clay– since many of these are sodium montmorillonite clays, which are helpful for external uses, but not to be taken internally.
Possible Reasons for Diarrhea
"Cat or dog diarrhea is often associated with food allergies, but it also can be caused by allergies or parasitic infections, which irritate the dog or cats skin, so that he constantly scratches or bites it—all that nervous energy just churns up the bowel."
Digestive challenges are problems that often develop over time and if addressed early, can be reversed safely and effectively, once you understand the cause.
The conventional approach for diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea in our pets is often geared towards controlling symptoms. Unfortunately the drugs used suppress symptoms instead of strengthening the body's ability to heal itself. Utilizing the following information will help you understand some of the causes of cat or dog diarrhea and offer assistance to support your pets health.
Naturopathic Dr. Lisa Newman PhD wrote in her book Natural Dog ~
"Chronic digestive disorder symptoms can develop into more serious dis-eases, such as bowel, pancreatic, or liver cancer, diabetes and bowel obstruction. Also, the non-assimilation of nutrients may lead to muscle loss and starvation. However, holistic animal care can reverse these issues quickly and effectively."
The #1 underlying cause for these symptoms is a reaction to toxins in mainstream commercial pet food.
First: Change your pets diet to high quality, nourishing food.
This alone will help tremendously and will eliminate the common source of the problem. Once you understand what by-products are and why your pets food smells the way it does, it will be easier to change the diet.
High quality ingredients are easy to digest and assimilate and will reduce the burden on the other organs i.e. the liver, kidneys and the intestines. Have plenty of filtered drinking water available (never give water from the tap, which contains chlorine and too many contaminants).
For guidance in seeking out high quality pet food, read and print our Pet Nutrition Page and take this information to your animal health care store, where you can purchase higher quality food.
As mentioned above, diarrhea is a symptom. Years of poor quality food, over vaccinating, chemical shampoos and baths, flea/tick potions and sprays, medications and exposure to chemicals and/or pest control products take a toll on our pets immune system. Often when your pet walks across a beautifully manicured lawn that has just been fertilized or treated with chemical weed killer, he comes inside and licks his paws, ingesting the herbicides and fertilizers spread on the grass.
Before the diarrhea develops into a more serious illness…. change the diet and detoxify their body. (Remember to feed your dog twice a day instead of once, which will be easier on the digestive system, as well as give him energy throughout the day.) When feeding your pet higher quality ingredients remember you will be feeding him less, since there are minimal fillers (most commercial pet foods are nearly 50% fillers).
Second: Proper detoxification.
Along with changing the diet, it is vital to cleanse your pet from the inside out (more about what to use below). This is very important for removing the accumulation and toxic build-up of waste matter, from food and parasites as well as drugs, vaccinations, or chemicals and will put your pets body systems back in balance and get the organs functioning as nature intended.
This cleansing process of the intestinal tract will allow your pet to digest and assimilate and absorb the nutrients in the nourishing food that are vital to rebuilding, healing and strengthening the organs and the immune system. Without this step, your furry friends progress will be slower and the results will be less than optimum.
Detoxification will also clear out the build up of preservatives associated with mainstream pet food. The most common preservatives used are ethoxyquin, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). These moisture stabilizers are designed to remove excess moisture from dry pet food causing the intestines to dry out over time, preserving the fecal matter in the intestinal wall where it gets packed…. decreasing the function of the intestinal tract.
Changing the diet, water and detoxification alone will clear up many diarrhea problems. For chronic or deeper issues additional assistance may be needed.
What To Use For Detoxification dog diarrhea
Edible calcium montmorillonite clay, herbal and homeopathic remedies all offer excellent solutions to detoxifying the body. All are natural and effective and have proven results.
For cat or dog diarrhea, mix a little of this clay with the drinking water. It can also be mixed with kibble. This particular clay (after a bit of research and using it myself) is not only a powerful detoxifier, it will also provide many of the much needed essential minerals and trace elements necessary for proper cell function….. and the minerals in this clay are in a readily absorbable form. This clay is safe for long term use. Race horses, farm animals, koi, show dogs, zoo animals etc are fed this clay daily for optimum health.
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Yucca Intensive – Yucca Root is an outstanding, proven safe, and all natural remedy to reduce the inflammation of the intestinal tract…. Yucca contains steroidal saponins, which are natures most powerful anti- inflammatory agents. For diarrhea, yucca is excellent for soothing irritated intestinal tissues… reducing pain, inflammation and swelling of the digestive tract and bowels and promotes tissue repair. Also good for arthritis, bone and joint problems.
One of the tests we recommend for charting the level of heavy metal toxins and mineral imbalances in your dog is a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. By taking a small sample of your dog's hair you can measure a total of 38 mineral elements, including 15 essential minerals, 8 toxic metals, 7 significant mineral ratios, 9 toxic ratios, and an additional 15 elements.
A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a great way to chart your dogs progress as you help him or her detoxify from not just chemical contaminants, but heavy metal toxins as well.
Unlike a blood test, a hair analysis will give you a profile of what metals your canine friend is excreting (or not excreting) over a period of time, i.e. several weeks or months. This gives you or your veterinarian a good overview of your pets health and great insight into some of the causes of their symptoms.
The HTMA gives an indication of the long-term effects of diet, stress, toxic metal exposure and their effects on your dogs mineral balance that is difficult to obtain through other testing.
It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues.
The precise analytical method of determining the levels of minerals in the hair is a highly sophisticated technique: when performed to exacting standards and interpreted correctly, it may be used as a screening aid for determining mineral deficiencies, excesses, and/or imbalances.
In Conclusion or dog diarrhea
Improving your pets diet, detoxification and supplementation as, needed, will reverse most symptoms of cat or dog diarrhea quickly. The cleaner digestive tract will do a much better job of self-cleansing on a daily basis and old cells will be replaced with new ones. His/her coat will become shinier and his immune system will be stronger. The healing process for your pet will start right away.
Remember each animal responds individually based on the previous diet, the new diet, and how chronic their condition is. Over time everything can move into a better balance, and gradually the immune system will get stronger, and your furry companion will be feeling much better.
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The Pet Alternative is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.