Pet Health Symptoms

Safely, Effectively, Naturally

Whether Horse, Cat, Dog, Bird, Fish or Reptile

Is my pet toxic? How would I know?

Most pet health symptoms, illness and diseases are caused by an accumulation of toxins that our pets are not able to eliminate.

Pets nowadays are suffering from chronic health issues that hardly existed 40 years ago. Most of these illnesses seem to relate to a breakdown of the immune system due to poor nutrition, over vaccinating and exposure to environmental toxins around the home. Much of this can be avoided and/or helped naturally by cleansing your pet from the inside out, and feeding them a high quality diet.

Dog and cat constipation, diarrhea, kidney and liver problems, skin rashes, cancers, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, cat fur ball problems, dog valley fever and many more...

These are just a few of the symptoms pets suffer from, which can be greatly helped by gently, safely, and effectively cleansing their bodies from the inside out and strengthening their immune system. These health challenges can improve (and often disappear) once your pet's body is rid of drugs, pollutants, chemicals and any accumulation of poisons, clearing the body for easier absorption and assimilation of the nutrients in their food.

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.

~ Pet health depends on ~

  • eating high quality nourishing food
  • the cells absorbing those foods properly
  • eliminating all toxins from the body

It is very important that your pet is able to eliminate ALL wastes from their body so they can live a happy, healthy life. 

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.

One of the most concerning chemicals in commercial pet foods is the preservative Ethoxyquin. It is used to stabilize fats to keep them from becoming rancid and to keep moisture from forming in dry food. It was originally used as a rubber stabilizer and as a pesticide. It has been linked to numerous kinds of cancers in humans and animals. These instances have risen paralleling with the increased use of ethoxyquin in commercial pet foods over the last 25 yrs. It also absorbs moisture in the intestines leading to constipation and blockages.

Where Do Toxins Come From?

A few common sources of toxins are :

  • Commercial pet food - i.e. fillers, chemical preservatives as in Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT, Propylene Glycol, Nitrates, Heavy Metals leaching from canned food (Read our article on Pet Nutrition)
  • Vaccinations
  • Tap water
  • Drugs, antibiotics - flea collars or drops are highly toxic
  • Plastics - water dishes, chew toys
  • Fire retardants and anti-microbial products - from pet bedding, accessories
  • Fertilizers, pesticides - Pets walk on the lawn and then lick their paws
  • Grooming Products - chemicals are absorbed though the skin or licked off by the animal
  • Teflon chemicals - toxic fumes are released into the air when cooking with teflon (non-stick) pans. These fumes will kill birds.

As many of us have observed, our pets have a host of health challenges that wild animals do not suffer from. For example, the bobcats, coyotes, quail and rabbits that live in the desert show no signs of being overweight or having skin problems, arthritis, diabetes, incontinence, constipation or diarrhea, valley fever, etc.  The wild animals are not eating poor quality diets, are not vaccinated, or treated with drugs and conventional medicine, and are unlikely to be carrying an accumulation of toxic waste.

We share with you what we have found to gently cleanse the organs and cells of your pet and effectively eliminate this accumulation of toxins, strengthen their immune system and provide over 60 essential trace minerals including calcium in a highly absorbable form… all using what Mother Nature provides naturally.

The animals love it and you'll feel empowered in this process of restoring your pet to optimum health.

DETOXIFICATION - How to Naturally Detoxify Your Pet

1) Red Desert® Clay for Pets 

A powerful detoxifier which also deposits essential minerals in the body. 

As seen on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, Red Desert® Clay (edible calcium montmorillonite clay) is our favorite and most excellent detoxifier; safe, effective and gentle, providing many naturally occurring essential nutrients. 

Red Desert® Clay has a strong attraction for toxins - literally binding to, and pulling them out of the organs and tissues and flushing them out through the colon. At the same time, the nutrients from the clay (i.e. calcium) are transferred and absorbed into the animal providing much needed essential macro, micro and trace mineral elements necessary to aid in digestion and metabolism, bone and joint strengthening, boosting the immune system and improving overall health and energy. The best part is it is 100% natural!

Animals in the wild are instinctively drawn to places where this clay exists, seeking out nutrients that are lacking in their diet. They have been observed eating, licking and rolling in the clay when it is in mud form. These deposits are known as "mineral licks."

Pet Owner Experiences with Red Desert® Clay for All Animals

"I feel it is my obligation to let the world know my experience with Red Desert® Clay. My 14 year old dog had an unwanted growth the size of an egg. His lab work revealed that he may not make it through an operation to remove it. My vet and myself agreed to not remove it surgically. I started giving him Red Desert® Clay and Coral Calcium. After a few weeks the growth started to flatten out, but didn't change in volume. After 2 months the growth was virtually gone... maybe the size of the tip of my little finger was left. Now, 4-5 months later I can't even find where the growth was. Before I started giving him the clay and calcium he couldn't hear practically at all...and now his hearing is better too. The cloudiness in his eyes has lessened also. Please remember he is a 14 year old dog...I can't tell anyone how much I believe in Red Desert® Clay." Raquel B., Reno NV.

"Red Desert® Clay has taken care of worms and coccidia - I'm now down to a maintenance dosage of 1 teaspoon a day per dog. They are doing great!" Kim B. Breeder, Newfoundland

Remember, trace minerals are essential to animal and human health. "Trace" should not be interpreted as insignificant.

Ingesting the clay has an indirect positive effect on the liver by facilitating the cleansing of the gastrointestinal tract and removing waste, bypassing the liver and general circulation. 

It is also among the highest and richest natural form of absorbable essential minerals on the earth, and has been around for centuries, right here on Mother Earth.

How Much Red Desert® (calcium montmorillonite) Clay should I use?

Depending on the size and weight of your pet, ¼ tsp to a tablespoon for a horse with each meal. The clay can be mixed with pet food kibble, your pets drinking water, your horse feed, even in the Koi fish pond! Remember to keep drinking water available for your pets throughout the day to wash the toxins out, so they are not just reabsorbed into the body.

For more information on Red Desert® Clay for Pets, please click here.

To purchase Red Desert Clay for All Animals, please click here.

2) ZETOX Liquid Zeolite Suspension

Zetox works very simply and quickly. Just add the drops in 3 oz of water and give to your pets.

The liquid zeolite does not do anything else except remove toxins from your pets body. The zeolite mineral is so tiny (5 microns) it is able to permeate the intestinal lining, move into the bloodstream and immediately scavenge out toxins pulling them into its cage-like crystalline structure. The zeolite with the toxins embedded in it leave the body through the elimination process, mainly the urine.

As these toxins are removed, it has a direct affect on the immune system giving it a boost because of the reduction in the toxic load.

The zeolite mineral is so tiny (5 microns) it is able to permeate the intestinal lining, move into the bloodstream and immediately scavenges out toxins pulling them into its cage-like crystalline structure. The zeolite with the toxins embedded in it leave the body through the elimination process, mainly the urine.

As these toxins are removed, it has a direct affect on the immune system giving it a boost because of the reduction in the toxic load.

For more information on Zetox, please click here.

To purchase Zetox, please click here.

For the complete article on Natural Liquid Zeolite...

Suggested Use: Mix the drops in three ounces of water away from food. How much to take depends on your pets weight and health condition. You can star with one drop two times per day and increase from there. Speak to your veterinarian for exact dosages. Generally for a healthy pet.

Cats: 1 to 2 drops for under 10 lbs / 2 to 3 drops 11 lbs & up twice per day

Dogs: Same as cats; over 50 lbs approximately 8 or 9 drops; over 100 lbs one dropper, twice a day

Highly Recommended for Your Canine Pet - A Hair Mineral Analysis

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.

For more information and to order the Canine Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, please click here.

Have a Horse? Click here for information on ordering an Equine Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.


Often pet health symptoms clear up once our pets body is detoxified and a quality diet is in place. Be sure to provide your pet with the highest quality food you can afford. A brand of grain-free pet food that we recommend is Taste of the Wild.

Quotes from a well known veterinarian:

"When the moist foods came out, we figured they must have a very strong preservative because they needed no refrigeration. Many of them do have a very strong preservative formalin. Formalin is such a good preservative, in fact, that undertakers use quite a lot of it." Thomas A. Newland, DVM

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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. 

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