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July 20, 2011 at 3:35 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Pet Toxins

By Dr. Char Wilson, DVM More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Char Wilson gives us a comprehensive list of toxins for our pets, and us, to watch out for.
Host, Gerry Barnaby - What’s going on? Barnaby here.  Dr. Char – it’s time to ask you another question because that’s what we do here on, is ask Dr. Char, a holistic veterinarian, all sorts of pet questions because we need to know more about our furry little friends.  So, most common pet toxins, what are they?
Health Coach, Dr. Char Wilson, DVM – Well, there are quite a few things that our pets are subjected to. Most pets get regular city tap water.  And you know, there’s chlorine and fluoride in there and sometimes mercury, and you know, sometimes there can be other things in there as well.  So, we have water.  There’s contaminates in their food, because, you know, there can be preservatives, there can be other things that aren’t listed on the label that were put into that food.  And then they spend the time on the floor.  You have residual carpet shampoo, you know, Scotchgarding™, you know – whatever.
Barnaby - Yeah, I’ve seen my dog lick the floor because he thinks there was, like, a meat chunk there a while ago. And he’s like, well, I’m going to get a little more of that.  But actually he’s probably licking up some sort of Murphy’s® Oil Soap.
Dr. Char – That’s right.  And then they go outside and what do they step on there, you know?  We have to have our beautiful lawns.  And so there’s going to be residual chemicals on our lawn, you know.  So there’s pesticides, insecticides and then, you know, we have to protect them from their fleas or ticks or whatever.  And so if that’s an issue, many owners will apply some spot on treatment and so there’s another chemical that goes on to their skin and into their system.  And you know we have to keep their coats beautiful.  And then there can be shampoos and conditioners and they are subjected probably to even more than what we are.
Barnaby - And think about that from an evolutionary point of view.  These creatures lived quite naturally out in the wild.  But here, now that they’re in our little world, we’re just hitting them up with maybe just about anything and everything to make sure they’re as pretty as possible or, that they just live the life that we’re living when it wasn’t intended to be as such. 
Dr. Char – That’s right.  They’re subjected to a lot of extra things than what they were meant to be.
Barnaby - Yeah.  So what do we do about that? 
Dr. Char – Well, we have to detox them every now and then.  And so, you can do that using homeopathy. Even a natural diet can be helpful as well, you know, to just keep things kind of moving through…
Barnaby - When you say a natural diet, would that be cutting up vegetables—although I’m shocked to even think my dog would eat a vegetable?  I’m told that they will.
Dr. Char – Oh, many of them do like them.  So you can little carrots and that.  Some of them like even lettuce, broccoli—it’s amazing what they’re willing to eat. 
Barnaby - Good, bad, or indifferent, probably.  And again, if it were the holiday season, I’m sure we’d just be talking endlessly about cats and plants that they should – like – poinsettias and things of that nature.  I mean, can animals get sick or be toxified by eating plants?
Dr. Char – And they can get sick from eating plants.  There are certain things, you know, like cats should not get anywhere near lilies…
Barnaby - Oh really?
Dr. Char – Or day lilies.  It can be lethal to them. 
Barnaby - Aren’t they smart enough not to eat it?
Dr. Char - No.  And actually, even the pollen from the daylily.  It gets on them and then they groom themselves.  It can cause their kidneys to fail. 
Barnaby - Good lord!  Huh.  Well, there you have a shocking factor here right here on Ask Dr. Char.  I had no idea.  So…
Dr. Char -  And you know, there’s shrubs, too.  They go up and they take a few nibbles here and there that can be toxic, like yews are toxic, hollies aren’t good, so you have to be careful of where you let them, you know, or what you have in your yard, where they can just munch on…coco mulch, you know…
Barnaby - Not good for them?
Dr. Char – Not good, ‘cause it’s an overdose of theobromine – not a good thing….
Barnaby - It’s not safe outdoors!  Do not let your pet outdoors.  Don’t bring the day lilies inside, either.  And watch out for the rug shampoo.  It’s amazing that these animals are still alive.  So it’s necessary to detoxify them regularly.  At least put up a firewall against that which we can and pray that they’re smart enough not to eat that which will kill them. 
Dr. Char – That’s right.  So if they’re in better health and, you know, their liver and kidneys can tolerate detoxifying certain things, they’re basically kind of clean to begin with, if they should encounter something that is going to be difficult on their systems, at least they’re starting from a better place.
Barnaby - Right.  The proverbial straw that broke the kitty’s back.  All righty.  Dr. Char, thanks so much.  Man, I had no idea there was such danger in the world.  But that what happens when you ask Dr. Char, on, where your pet is our pet. 

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