By Veselina Dzhingarova

As you may already know, we’re completely inundated by toxins left and right. While some of us are doing everything possible reduce the toll toxins take on our bodies, we are a little bit more negligent when it comes to our pets. However, toxins can have a profound effect on your pet’s health as well, and reducing your pet’s toxic load can help in many ways. Here are a few ways you can reduce toxicity in your pet’s environment.

Get Rid of Everything Plastic

The first thing you should do is get rid of all plastic toys, bowls, or any accessory you can find. This may even include things like furniture, carpets, storage units and anything your pet may come in contact with. These products are usually very high in BPA, which can throw your pet’s immune system out of whack and affect their fertility as well.

Look for environmentally friendly toys made from cotton and hemp. Your dog will love to chew a rope toy just as much as he enjoys chewing on his plastic chicken. Cats are even easier to please. Make a fluffy toy out of spare yarn and throw it around for your cat to chase.

Switch to Clean Water and Better Food

While pets, dogs specifically, may have stronger immune and digestive systems than humans, the quality of the food they eat and the water they drink will have an effect on toxicity in their body. This is why you should consider investing in a filter system to make sure that your pet has access to the cleanest, freshest water.

You should also look at what you’re feeding them. A quick look at the ingredient label should give you an indication of how many chemicals are used in the production of your pet’s food. Natural pet foods and organic alternatives are one of the best ways to detox your pet and put them back on the right path. Natural pet food usually has fewer artificial flavors and additives, making them a much better alternative for those who want to keep their pets happy and healthy for a long time.

Reduce Exposure to Outside Pollutants

How often do you walk your pet along crowded streets and in heavy traffic? Think about how much pollution is at ground level when he’s mooching along, sniffing every fire hydrant and lamppost along his walk route. Of course, if you live in the city, it isn’t easy to avoid car exhaust pollution and the air quality is often poor, especially at certain times of the year. Don’t walk your dog at peak traffic times and if possible, take him straight to a park or other open green area where air quality will be better.

If your pet is a lover of the great outdoors, then you should consider cutting back on artificial pesticides completely. Dogs can be very sensitive to pesticides, which could lead to many diseases along the way. You should also refrain from using bug sprays inside the house. Go for alternatives like fly paper, for instance.

Improve the Air Quality Inside of your Home

Pets usually spend most of their time indoors, and it’s essential that you make sure that the air quality inside of your home is as good as possible. Some animals are much more sensitive to artificial perfumes and fragrances than others, so reducing their usage inside will do them a great service.

You should also consider cutting back on smoking. Breathing in second-hand smoke is just as bad for your pet as it is for anyone else. If you can’t quit smoking, at least smoke outdoors and not around your pet. Do you really want to be responsible for giving your pet cancer later in life? If he spends his days breathing in your cigarette smoke, his chances of developing cancer are significantly higher.

You should keep a close eye on air fresheners, cleaning sprays, essential oils, and anything that could propagate toxins into the air. Switch to natural alternatives if you have the chance. Many companies nowadays manufacture all-natural cleaning products and they’re just as effective as chemical ones.

Keep Medications to a Minimum

Pet owners are brainwashed into thinking their beloved pet needs inoculations at least once a year. Otherwise, we are told, our pets will succumb to all kinds of horrific illnesses and fatal diseases. However, although there are a number of nasty diseases and parasites can cause significant healthcare problems, over-vaccination is not good for his health.

Big Pharma wants us to spend money on expensive vaccines and chemical parasite prevention medication. Most of the time, however, it is unnecessary. For example, house cats don’t need some shots because they never come into contact with other cats, yet many owners inoculate them annually anyway. Most pets also don’t need antibiotics for minor illnesses, but it is common for vets to prescribe them anyway “just in case”.

You don’t need to give your pet tick medicine if there are no ticks in your geographical area. Problems such as fleas and ticks are often seasonal, so only treat your pet when it is absolutely necessary. Overdosing an animal with preventative medicine when the likelihood of picking up an infestation is very low, is bad for his health and your pocket.

Regular Grooming

Grooming helps to promote good health by removing toxins from the fur. Give your cat or dog a daily brush and his coat will look in tip-top condition. It’s also a good idea to give your dog a bath with natural shampoo every month, as this will remove any chemical residue left in his coat. However, avoid bathing too often as it reduces the coat’s natural oils and can cause skin problems.


As you can see, reducing your pet’s toxic load is not only possible but very simple. If you follow the tips in this article, you’ll be able to improve your pet’s quality of life tenfold by reducing the overall toxicity in their system.

Guest Author Bio:
Veselina Dzhingarova is a traveler by soul and a pet lover. She is trying to live a better life using only natural products and eating healthy food and in her believes this should be followed both for human beings and pets world.

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4 thoughts on “How to Reduce your Pet’s Toxic Load

  1. Hi Carol,

    Although I’m not a vet, It sounds like your kitty may possibly have IBD given the constipation issue despite eating a high quality diet. My kitty also has constipation issues/IBD. She also rarely drinks water so I add some filtered water to her food. Also probiotics are helpful. I use Dr. Mercola pet probiotics as it’s a reputable brand. Also, I add 1 tsp of pumpkin into her food even though her pre-made food has some pumpkin in it. Weruva sells small pouches of pumpkin for cats since it only stays fresh for a few days. Also digestive enzymes are helpful for all cats.

    Has your kitty had his b12/folate checked? Low b12 can indicate inflammation in the small intestine. Also a sonogram can be helpful to see any inflammation in the GI tract.

  2. Hello, my six y/o bengal cat has been suffering with constipation on and off for ~ 3yrs. I believe it began due to environmental stressors that were unavoidable at the time. For the past 1.5-2yrs. This has changed. The home is calm. The housekeeper however does use a variety of cleaners, The floor cleaner is basically just water it is designed for bamboo and wood floors.

    My kitty has been on a raw diet his entire life with the exception of the years it was not available in a different part of the country. He has been doing well, yet a bit overweight. I exercise him as much as I can. I cannot find a reputable holistic vet. So I go to a internal specialist here in Carlsbad CA. He is very finicky about food. likes most canned food, but I don’t like it as well due to preservatives even in the higher quality foods. The raw foods have seaweed, psyllium, pumpkin, and a few fruits and veggies. He will not drink water. Due to the constipation issues and fear of developing megacolon I have been following the vets RX administering lactulose (pulling water into the colon – works but cause dehydration which is hard to fix, since he won’t drink water). Lactulose alone dose not always work, then Miralax is added, this works however, I don’t like giving him all these meds and it is a problem if I need to travel. I know him and monitor him very closely. Also administering fluids orally is challenging for many people including myself, it’s horrible if I hit his gag reflex, he chokes and sometimes I think some my go into his eustachian tubes b/c he snorts and sneezes. I have him on a natural hairball tab which has slippery elm, marshmallow root, psyllium and a few other things (bottle down stairs) I can get it after you reply if you are curious. I really don’t know how to get him going everyday and regular. A few years ago the vet put him on Royal Canin for constipation, it worked but caused big fat foul smelling stool. At 6y/o it really concerns me that this is becoming a chronic problem. I love my kitty more than life, he is my world. I don’t know what else to do. Perhaps acupuncture. Again I would prefer a referral, as there are naturopath vets in the area, still I have observed many are very expensive and are not very good. My zip is 92008. Thank you!

  3. Once you understand how sensitive they are it’s just a matter of common sense. When you don’t know you don’t think about something being toxic to animals if it’s not toxic to humans.

  4. Thanks for the info. Maybe add a list of pet-friendly cleaners or do another post about it? Thanks!

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