5 Signs Your Pet Needs to Detox and How to Help Naturally



Every day, we encounter toxins coming from our food, environment, and surroundings. But have you ever considered that our pets are also exposed to toxins, sometimes even more than us?

This raises the question: "How do I know if my pets need to detox?" We hope to shed light on the signs indicating that your pet may need a detox and knowing how to naturally help them, which can lead to healthier, happier pets…as well as longevity.

Why Would My Pet Need to Detox in the First Place?

Our pets rely on us entirely. They trust us to be their guide to navigate the world safely. Therefore, as a responsible pet owner, being equipped with this kind of information is essential.

Just like humans, pets are also exposed to different kinds of toxins. When we say ‘toxins,’ we are generally referring to substances that are harmful to the body. These toxins can come from various sources, including diet, environmental (indoor and outdoor) factors, or even toxins created inside the body from cellular or microbial waste.

How Do Pets Get Exposed to Toxins?

Pets can come into contact with toxins through several avenues:

  • Environmental Exposure: Pets can be exposed to toxins in their environment, such as pesticides, herbicides, pollution, household chemicals, perfumes, carpets, off-gassing furniture and pet beds, litter, etc.
  • Dietary Intake: Processed, man-made, contaminated food or water can introduce toxins into your pet's system. This may include genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, additives, flavorings, colorings, stabilizers, synthetic hormones, heavy metals, plastics, and chemicals present in commercial “pet foods”.
  • Grooming Products: Shampoos, flea and tick treatments, and other grooming products are more often than not, loaded with harmful chemicals that are absorbed through your pet's skin or even ingested during grooming while their toxic fragrances are also inhaled.
  • Medications: Certain medications prescribed for pets may have side effects or contain ingredients that can be toxic if not administered properly.

One of the most well-known studies on the toxic pollution of pets was conducted by the Environmental Working Group in 2008. The study revealed that dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 out of 70 chemicals, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those found in people. These chemicals include carcinogens, substances toxic to the reproductive system, chemicals toxic to the endocrine system, and neurotoxins.

The results of this study reinforced findings from earlier EWG studies, suggesting that pets may be at a higher risk for elevated exposures and health risks from chemical pollutants compared to humans. This is partly due to the majority of pets being much smaller in weight and size than humans as well as not having the same detoxification pathways as humans. 

By understanding how pets can be exposed to toxins, pet parents can take proactive steps to minimize their pet's exposure and promote a healthier environment for their furry, feathery, etc. companions.

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 Signs that Your Pets Need to Detox

Here are the five signs that indicate your pet may need a detox, along with actionable steps you can take to help them feel better.

  1. Persistent Bad Breath

Persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be more than just an unpleasant odor; it can be a sign of toxin buildup in your pet’s system. While occasional bad breath is normal, a consistent foul odor can indicate that your pet's liver and kidneys are struggling to eliminate toxins effectively.

What to Do:

  • Activated Charcoal: Use activated charcoal to clean their mouth, whiten their teeth, and freshen their breath. For animals with teeth, simply mix some of our charcoal powder for pets with coconut oil, dip their toothbrush in the mix, and brush gently. If they have inflamed gums/tooth decay, be extra gentle and use the softest toothbrush you can find.
  • Dietary Changes: Incorporate fresh, raw foods like carrots, celery sticks, and raw meat (if they eat meat) with the bones to help clean your pet's teeth and reduce bad breath.
  • Hydration: Ensure your pet is drinking plenty of fresh water, which helps flush out toxins. Never use tap water or plastic bottled water. They are loaded with chemicals and/or plasticisers.
  1. Skin and Coat Issues

Excessive shedding, dandruff, itchy skin, and a dull coat can be signs that toxins are manifesting through your pet’s skin. These skin and coat issues often indicate an overload of toxins that the body is trying to expel.

What to Do:

  • Balanced Diet: Feed your pet a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve skin health.
  • Bathing: Use natural, hypoallergenic shampoos, like the ones we offer to bathe your pet and remove allergens and toxins from their coat.
  • Supplements for detox, allergies, omega-3s, joints, skin and hair/fur, and feathers: Consider supplements like our Pet Activated Charcoal for getting rid of toxins, Reishi for allergies and immunity, MSM for their joints and healthy hair/fur and our DHA for an exceptional source of Omega-3s.
  1. Digestive Problems

Frequent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, vomiting, or poop with a foul smell are clear signs of digestive distress. These symptoms can indicate that your pet’s digestive system is overwhelmed by toxins.

What to Do:

  • High-Fiber Foods: Incorporate hydrating, high-fiber foods such as pumpkin or sweet potatoes to regulate digestion.
  • Probiotics: Add probiotic-rich foods to your pet’s diet to support a healthy gut microbiome.
  • Hydration: Ensure your pet is well-hydrated by making sure they have 24-hour access to pure water to help flush out toxins and support their digestion.
  • Chaga: Our Chaga mushroom is bioavailable and very potent. Chaga is known for being a wonderful gut-health supporter. We give our pets both, the Resihi and the Chaga daily. Please know that most medicinal mushroom products on the market have ZERO medicinal mushrooms in them…they are growing media and fillers. Ours is the opposite…we offer these adaptogenic mushrooms as 100% true mushroom extracts. Nothing added. 

Activated Charcoal is a powerful tool for alleviating indigestion, bloating, pain, and irritation caused by issues like gas, food poisoning, and stomach ailments. 

To use it effectively, simply mix some (depending on the weight of the animal) of our powder with your pet's wet food. If your pet typically eats dry food, wet the food by soaking it for a few minutes in water so the charcoal powder adheres to it. 

Remember: Avoid sprinkling the powder directly onto dry food to prevent accidental inhalation. This method is safe and suitable for dogs, cats, birds, and other pets.

  1. Low Energy and Lethargy

An unusually tired or lethargic pet may be dealing with a buildup of toxins that affect their energy levels. Detoxing can help revitalize your pet, leading to improved energy and activity levels.

What to Do:

  • Exercise: Regular exercise helps stimulate the lymphatic system and encourages toxin elimination.
  • Nutrient-Rich Diet: Provide a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to boost your pet’s energy levels.
  • Hydration: Keep your pet hydrated to enhance detoxification and overall energy.
  1. Frequent Infections or Illness

Recurring infections or a weakened immune system can be a sign that your pet’s body is struggling with toxins. Detoxing can boost the immune system, helping your pet fight off infections more effectively.

What to Do:

  • Immune-Boosting Foods: Include foods like blueberries and leafy greens that are high in antioxidants.
  • Herbal Supplements: Again, consider our REISHI extract and other natural supplements like echinacea or goldenseal to support immune health.
  • Regular Vet Check-Ups: While our pets never see the vet and they are thriving, regular veterinary check-ups are commonly considered as something needed. They can be stressful for pets and often result in unnecessary medications prescribed, etc., you be the judge. If you are spending lots of time with your pets and shower them with love, you WILL know if they seem to be “off” and you will be intuitively drawn to herbal / natural remedies, when needed, or know that a visit to the vet might be the best thing.
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Detox Your Pet Naturally Using Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a universal remedy that holds a myriad of benefits for both humans and our beloved furry friends. This often-overlooked marvel of nature possesses unique detoxifying properties that can aid in the purification and cleansing of your pet's system. 

How It Works: 

Activated charcoal is a natural detox agent that works by binding to toxins in the gastrointestinal tract and preventing their absorption. It’s effective in treating poisoning (when used properly) and can help cleanse the digestive system.

Activated charcoal is ideal for:

  • Eliminating diarrhea and vomiting
  • Detoxification
  • Supporting colon, candida, and parasite cleansing
  • Alleviating digestive issues
  • Teeth whitening
  • Skin detoxification
  • Treating insect bites, skin irritations and more


As responsible pet owners, it's crucial to prioritize the well-being of our furry, feathery, etc. companions. When it comes to detoxifying your pet, the time to start is now—don't wait until your pets fall ill. 

Food plays a fundamental role in their health, and opting for a species-appropriate raw food diet, free from toxic contaminants and packed with highly bioavailable nutrients, is key to optimizing their long-term well-being. Minimizing exposure to toxins is essential in this process. 

That's where natural detox products like activated charcoal come in handy. By incorporating these solutions into your pet care routine, you can ensure that you're providing your furry and feathery kids with the best they deserve.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with detoxing your pets! Share your stories and tips in the comments below. For more pet health tips, detox, and advice, check our website and explore related articles on natural detox methods and pet care.

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