Detox and Your Pets

The body, whether talking about humans or animals is an incredibly sophisticated “machine”. The basic functions of the body are to take in nutrients to run the metabolic. processes (growth, repair, reproduction, and immune function) and eliminate the waste material/toxins. Pets are similar to humans in regards to detoxification. Though this article is intended for pet health, the principles are applicable to the pet parent as well. Normal metabolic function, day-to-day “living” will result in waste material that needs to be excreted. The obvious functions include breathing, sweating, urinating, and defecating. The non-obvious is the work of the liver and lymphatics to process and remove waste and toxins.

The modern world poses additional challenges for the organs of detoxification in that they were never designed to deal with the massive exposure of environmental toxins. Every day we are breathing in air pollutants, ingesting toxins through our food and water, and absorbing chemicals through products touching the skin. Detoxification sounds complicated and unpleasant, but in fact, it is simple and effective if the systems are understood, respected for their abilities, and supported.

Proper Diagnostics

There are specific tests that aid in understanding how well, or not, the body can detoxify.

  • A serum chemistry profile will evaluate the liver and kidneys.
  • Heavy metal exposure and toxicity including the ability of the body to excrete them.
  • Nutrient deficiency, including Vit D, Magnesium, zinc, selenium, and B Vitamins.
  • Bioenergetic testing looks for imbalances in the physical and energetic realms.

Key Players In Detoxification

There are 6 organs of elimination:

Kidney: Filters the blood and eliminates water-soluble products/toxins in the urine.

Colon: Eliminates waste products/toxins through the feces. The liver/gall bladders dump many products out of the body through this route of elimination.

Lungs: Air pollution, both indoors and outdoors can result in serious toxicity. Breathing expels toxins and balances blood PH.

Liver: Likely the most important organ of detoxification in that it does the most work, not only in preparation/neutralization/ elimination of toxins but production of critical nutrients and defense against invaders.

Skin: Sweating is an effective route of elimination for people. Dogs do not sweat like people. They have apocrine glands in their armpits and genital region that secretes a thick fluid but is not designed to cool them off. Dogs have merocrine glands in the pads of their feet that act as sweat glands though they are inadequate to provide enough cooling for a dog that is hot. Dogs pant as their primary way of “sweating and cooling”.

As the water evaporates from the tongue and nasal passages, it helps lower the body temperature. The skin is a major route for animals to eliminate toxins.

Lymphatics: Vitally important for immune production and elimination of toxins, the lymph is underutilized and often ignored in western medicine.

How to Detoxify

The best defense is a strong offense!

Stop polluting the body!

Food: The absolute worst diet to feed dogs and cats is a processed kibble diet! Dogs and cats are biologically designed to eat a balanced raw diet. Visit for
more information. Feed an organic diet, free of
hormones, chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs.

Water: Tap water is arguably the worst water to offer pets. Water needs to be highly filtered to remove contaminants like heavy metals and glyphosate. It should also be “structured” and ideally have molecular hydrogen. For more information on water, visit where you will find a plethora of information!

Indoor Environment: Test for mold, organic volatile compounds that off-gas from formaldehyde and fire retardant and electrical magnetic frequencies (EMF).

Outdoor Environment: #1, do not spray with chemicals and weed killers, especially products that contain Glyphosate, and avoid taking your pets to areas that use these.

Personal Care Products: Anything that touches the skin, including laundry products should be organic and free of ingredients that disrupt hormones.

Reduce or eliminate A.N.T.S in the:

Brain: Automatic Negative Thoughts produce neuro-chemicals that compromise the immune system and stimulate sympathetic tone (puts the body in a state of fight/ flight). Detoxification only occurs when the body is in a parasympathetic state (rest/ repair/relaxation). Pets entrain (pick up and share) to the energy of their human family.

Maintain a strong healthy gut membrane: The gut mucosa is the primary defense of the body. A healthy gut membrane allows the right nutrients in and keeps toxins out. “Leaky gut” occurs when the gut membrane becomes compromised; allowing toxins in that otherwise would not have entered. These toxins travel via the bloodstream to the liver. The liver recognizes the invaders and mounts an inflammatory response to eliminate them. This repetitive inflammatory cycle is the underlying cause of all dis-ease. Visit for items that repair the gut membrane.

A Healthy microbiome: A healthy microbiome has between 20,000 and 30,000 different species that contribute their genes to coding for and running over 90% of the metabolic, biochemical, genetic activity that occurs inside our pets and us. Simply stated, we can’t live without the bacteria, parasites, fungi, and other organisms that co-exist in our bodies. It is in our best interest to nourish and support a healthy microbiome if we expect to thrive in the world.

Active Detoxification For Each Organ Of Elimination


Before stimulating the release of toxins or doing therapies that remove abnormal
cells, the pathways for elimination i.e. the organs of elimination MUST BE OPEN AND WORKING to avoid harming the pet. Work with a holistic veterinarian that is experienced in detoxification.

Step 1:

Stop polluting the body- see above.

Step 2:

Provide all the essential nutrients the body needs to do its job. Visit for more information.

Step 3:

Heal leaky gut syndrome- see above.

Step 4:

Get out of the Sympathetic tone and into the Parasympathetic tone. Conditions that promote sympathetic tone include pain, anxiety, fear, and emotional stress. Address the underlying cause relating to the pain. For the emotional component, there are many effective techniques, but my personal favorites include:

Magnesphere Therapy. This is the easiest and most effective. The patient relaxes inside the unit and is immersed in pure parasympathetic frequencies.

Wholetones: This link tells the story behind the frequency music and has order links:

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EFT. Emotional Freedom Technique This uses pressure on acupuncture points to stimulate areas in the brain to relax and allow reprogramming of limiting beliefs.

In my practice I combine all the above to achieve the best outcomes for pets and their parents.

Step 5:

Open all the organs of elimination.

Lymphatic: Assisted Lymphatic Therapy (ALT). Though exercise and movement are always necessary, many pets have health conditions that don’t allow proper movement, and/or their lymph is so congested and stagnant that additional support is needed. ALT uses glass transducers that emit negative ions and inert gases to thin, decongest and move lymph to the proper drainage points in the body. Dry brushing and massage are all good to do, but none are as effective in moving lymph as ALT. Be sure the patient is well hydrated with filtered structured water before and after the therapy

Liver: Among its many jobs, the liver filters everything ingested, removes toxins out of the body, and produces the body’s “liquid gold”— bile — which makes fats absorbable and dumps wastes in the stool. There is a wide array of therapies to detoxify and support liver function. My favorites include: Far and near Infrared therapy. The pad works well for animals. For more information go to I use a botanical blend and binder that detoxifies the liver for environmental and endogenous toxins along with eliminating heavy metals, hormone metabolites, mold toxins, herbicides, pesticides, and plastic compounds throughvthe stool. Contact me for more information. Coffee enemas and ozone therapy promote the production of Glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant. These techniques combined with proper intermittent fasting are highly effective.

Kidneys: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a leading cause of death in older cats. Feeding a balanced raw diet and using structured filtered water markedly reduce risk factors. Periodic chiropractic adjustments, Lymphatic Therapy, Low-Level Light Therapy along with all of the above considerations will support kidney function.

Colon: Eliminates waste products/toxins through the feces. The liver/gall bladders (delete the s please) dumps (add the s here) many products out the body through this route of elimination.

Lungs: In addition to breathing clean air, dry salt therapy is an effective way to clean the airways. Salt therapy acts like a toothbrush to “scrub” the airways and help remove built-up debris and pathogens.

Dry Salt therapy is very effective for upper respiratory conditions and lower airway disease. My practice utilizes a salt booth. The pets are inside the booth and breathing the micronized salt particles.

Skin: Though sweating is not a major way dogs and cats eliminate toxins, promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle along with supporting detoxification of the other organs (especially the liver and lymphatics) will result in fewer allergies and healthier skin. Salt booth therapy also benefits the skin microbiome.

Step 6:

Support the mitochondria (the organisms that produce the energy the body runs on.) All aspects of “living” require energy, especially detoxification. Adopting the principles outlined above supports mitochondrial biogenesis (make more mitochondria) and helps them function at their maximum.

Effective detoxification is a lifestyle choice. The reward…a life of thriving.

Pasco Veterinary Medical Center offers full-body detoxification programs for pets. I am excited to announce the opening of S’Paws Family Wellness Centers in late 2021. These are relaxation/detoxification centers for people AND their fur family! Contact Pasco Veterinary Medical Center for more information.