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    Dogs fed fish and fish oils show elevated mercury levels

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.

    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.

    Below are a few examples: (if you are viewing this email on your mobile device, you will need to download images)

    Dog fed a zero fish diet mercury results

    Dog fed a fish diet mercury results

    Is there a connection between mercury and epilepsy?
    When I started to compare the results of dogs with high mercury levels, I noticed one of these dogs also had a history of seizures and this made me curious. I went back to the files of my other epilepsy patients and found several other dogs on a fish diet with epilepsy. These dogs were fed salmon and sardines – supposedly lower mercury content fish. Despite this, the HairQ test results of these dogs came back with abnormal mercury levels.
    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 getting 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 five steps. 

    1. Stop feeding fish and fish treats. If you give fish oils, ensure they come from a mercury-free source. 
    2. 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. 
    3. 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. 
    4. 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. 
    5. Start a six week course of Liver Support and Cleanse (LiverTune) - a herbal formula cleanse that I recommend doing every six months.
      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 six week course of LiverTune every six months. 

      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

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      Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

      Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

      As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex® his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

      Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.

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