We’ve covered a lot of information regarding Calcium Montmorillonite Clay (AKA bentonite / smectite) for internal use, including its function as a natural mineral supplement (over 60 macro/micro/trace mineral elements), antibacterial, detoxifier (radiation, aflatoxin, etc.), cleansing, internal parasite control, digestive aid, pH balance, prebiotic, allergy treatment, and so on. In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we would like to share some of the natural external uses of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay as a home remedy for pets.
External Applications for Pets
You can make a thick paste using one part Calcium Montmorillonite Clay and two parts water for use as a poultice, spread onto gauze for secure application. The poultice may also be warmed. Some holistic veterinarians mix Calcium Montmorillonite Clay with healing herbs, essential oils or extra virgin coconut oil for a natural ointment.
A Calcium Montmorillonite Clay poultice may be used as a pet home remedy to:
- Prevent and treat bacterial infection
- Relieve itching
- Treat skin conditions (psoriasis)
- Treat ‘hot spots’
- Soothe burns
- Relieve nerve or other inflammation
- Treat insect bites or stings
- Relieve muscle sprains & strains (may be warmed if the area is not inflamed)
- Treat gum disease
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay powder may also be applied directly to open wounds to control bleeding and prevent infection.
Don’t be concerned if your pet licks a pure, human-grade clay poultice, but both of you should avoid inhaling the powder due to quartz content.
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has been used in ponds for many years. It is being explored for aquarium use, mostly as a therapeutic bath for injury, parasites or disease. It’s also used as a mineral supplement for fish (fish absorb minerals from the water supply as well as through ingestion) and plants. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay binds toxins and heavy metals to a degree that far outperforms charcoal and other filter products. As an added benefit, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay also helps to stabilize pH and control algae.
Our experience with the use of clay in aquariums has been very promising at the therapeutic level. We have also seen positive results with the addition of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay to our Shrimp and Apple Snail tanks. We add a dash or two from a small-holed salt shaker (comparable to a pinch of salt) to all of our aquariums with each water change. While too much clay can cloud the water, you may want to try it in somewhat larger quantities in a quarantine tank for the temporary treatment of disease. Too much clay, however, may cause drastic changes in pH, interfere with gill function, clog drains or damage mechanical filtration.
To avoid impurities and low-grade effectiveness that may have a negative impact on delicate aquatic or other pets, we recommend you only use human pure Calcium Montmorillonite Clay as opposed to generic healing clays (which can be virtually any type or grade of clay), cosmetic clay or pond clay.
??? Have you used healing clays as a first aid treatment? Please tell us about it in the comments below.
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Engel, Cindy. Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom. Houghton Mifflin. 2003.
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Holistic Dog Toothpaste Recipe For Healthy Teeth and Gums
Natural Pet Protection from Aflatoxin (and other Toxins) with Montmorillonite Clay
Pet Arthritis: Holistic Prevention and Natural Treatment
Natural Prevention and Treatment of Aquarium Fish Parasites
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