5 steps to getting mercury out of your dog's body
In the past, fish was considered one of the most valuable and healthy foods out there. However, times have changed. Pollution and toxins in our oceans have reached unprecedented levels and ultimately accumulate in fish.
For several years now I've been observing the mercury levels in dog's hair and see them as a serious problem.
HairQ test results show that dogs on a fish diet or who are given fish oils have much greater levels of mercury on average.
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Is there a connection between mercury and epilepsy?
Should we feed our dogs fish or fish oils?
Since the introduction of the HairQ test, I generally don't recommend fish in a canine diet.I have also introduced a new omega oil that doesn't contain fish or shellfish.
5 steps to get mercury out of your dog's body
Many people believe it takes a long period of time to cleanse mercury from the body. However, in practice, I've seen many dog's mercury levels drop dramatically by following these seven steps.
PRACTICAL STEPS TO A TIME TESTED LIVER CLEANSE:
- Stop feeding fish and fish treats. If you give fish oils, ensure they come from a mercury-free source.
- If you're wondering what your dog's mercury levels are, test your dog's hair using a HairQ test. I recommend running a test once or twice a year, depending on the previous test results.
- Ideally avoid kibble, canned food or low-grade meat. Remember cheap meat is produced by feeding cheap feed that often comes from third world countries where the quality control can be much lower. Such feed is more likely to be contaminated.
- Stop feeding fish or dehydrated liver treats. If you've been feeding fish or dehydrated liver treats, test your dog with a HairQ test to see what the contamination level is. As a side note - liver is the detoxification organ of the body and feeding even small amounts of dehydrated liver can add up.
- Start a one to two-month course of Liver Support and Cleanse (Livton) - a herbal formula cleanse that I recommend doing every six months.
SHOULD OTHER SUPPLEMENTS BE DISCONTINUED OR GIVEN DURING A CLEANSE?
- If your dog has been on the essential supplements such as GreenMin, SoulFood, FeelGood Omega and GutSense before, you do not need to stop them during the cleanse.
- If your dog has never been on any supplements, please refer to our guide for starting our supplements here.
How often do you need to repeat this cleanse?
Your dog's essentials already have a gentle cleansing effect on your dog. Additionally, I suggest a month-long Livton cycle twice a year.
You will see that regular cleansing has a very positive effect on your dog's health, namely in their overall energy, mobility, digestion, endurance and stamina, skin and coat health, immune system function and cancer prevention. If you are interested, you can also read about the experiences of other dog lovers on the product pages.
If your dog has a history of elevated mercury levels before a cleanse, I suggest you wait for six months before you check your dog's HairQ test again.
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM