In this age of chemicals and additives, pollution and sporadic policing of pet food for mycotoxins and other contamination, it is imperative that we use any natural means at our disposal to help our pets defend themselves internally.
In the wild, virtually every group of animals instinctively seeks out natural cures and digestive aids that aren’t typically available in captivity. One of these instinctively utilized wonders is Calcium Montmorillonite and similar smectite clays. Termed ‘Pelotheraphy’, therapeutic use of clay and earth has been used for centuries, spanning some 200 cultures. There is documented instinctive usage by countless animal species, including birds, cattle, wolves and fish.
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has been repeatedly proven to naturally and holistically benefit domestic animals, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, cows, pigs, fish, inverts and reptiles. Its holistic treatment abilities are the result of 3-4 basic steps:
- Step 1 – Clay works with the body to expel parasites, remove toxins and facilitate the exchange of cations, resulting in an unsurpassed cleansing agent.
- Step 2 – It balances and maintains the body’s pH, water balance, osmotic pressure and intestinal flora.
- Step 3 – Having prepared the body for optimum absorption, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay offers more than 60 naturally balanced macro, micro and trace mineral elements in a highly bio-available form.
- Step 4 – In aquariums, the Green Calcium Montmorillonite Clay exits the digestive system into the environment, adding minerals while purifying the water. Since fish and other aquatic creatures absorb minerals from their environment as well as through the diet, the addition of these minerals packs a double punch. The constant bath in Calcium Montmorillonite Clay may also promote healing of external injuries, similar to the proven benefits of bathing in it. As a side benefit, it also results in a premium, natural aquatic plant fertilizer.
Animals demonstrate mineral deficiencies in a wide variety of ways, from behavioral to more obvious symptoms. Rabbits and Hamsters, for example, may cannibalize their young or pull the fur out of cohabiting animals. The impact on dogs & cats can vary from allergies to arthritis. The effects in breeding animals can be devastating, including small litters, high losses of newborns, poor growth rates, deformities and long-term health issues. Grazing animals can only obtain mineral-rich vegetation if it’s grown in mineral rich earth, but with the depletion of farmland they are suffering from deficiencies. As mentioned, Montmorillonite Clay is a natural mineral supplement with over 60 macro/micro/trace mineral elements.
Medicinally, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has been successfully used to assist the body in rectifying serious health problems. It is often used to successfully treat digestive issues, such as intestinal infection, gas and extremely loose stools through its colloidal properties [Kevin A. Hahn, DVM, PhD & Robert H. Carpenter, DVM], even when all conventional medical treatments fail. It is used to soothe and line the gut and will also help expel parasites. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has also been a very successful complimentary treatment for arthritis and similar issues. In fact, it was tested for NASA for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in Astronauts and animals with astounding success.
The removal of a full spectrum of toxins is one of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay’s main claims to fame. It can assist the body in ridding itself of heavy metals and toxins through binding (adsorption), made possible by its negatively charged ions seeking out positively charged ions (toxins) throughout the body. It is even capable of dealing with radiation to a point where nuclear waste is buried in it as a natural barrier in case of leakage.
The effect of clay supplements on bacteria such as E. coli, Mycobacterium and Salmonella was studied in 2008 at Arizona State University. This study concludes, The results indicate that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections.
Scientists have documented issues with mycotoxins in numerous studies as causes of poor performance and mortality. In 2007, animal scientists at Texas A&M University demonstrated definite effectiveness of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay as an aflatoxin binder in animal feeds.
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