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In this age of chemicals and additives, pollution and sporadic policing of pet food for mycotoxins and other contamination, it is imperative that we use any natural means at our disposal to help our pets defend themselves internally and externally.
In the wild, virtually every group of animals instinctively seeks out natural cures and digestive aids that aren't typically available in captivity. One of these instinctively utilized wonders is Calcium Montmorillonite and similar smectite clays. Termed 'Pelotheraphy', therapeutic use of clay and earth has been used for centuries, spanning some 200 cultures. There is documented instinctive usage by countless animal species, including birds, cattle, wolves and fish. They ingest the clay or use it externally.
Where else would they find a natural healing agent that is:
- Antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasite?
- Able to bind and harmlessly eliminate toxins, including aflatoxins and radiation?
- A complete mineral supplement and immunity enhancer?
- Able to balance the body's pH (disease and parasites thrive in an acidic environment)?
- Applied externally to heal wounds, treat stings, fix hoof issues, and more?
At the therapeutic level, the most wondrous function of clay is how it supports a healthy digestive system in so many ways, and then offers minerals for that optimized digestive system to uptake and utilize. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is Nature's perfect example of holistic care, benefiting the body three general ways:
Therapeutic preventative maintenance
Natural supplement of over 60 macro/micro/trace mineral elements made bioavailable when finely ground to a powder.
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has been repeatedly proven to naturally and holistically benefit domestic animals, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, cows, pigs, fish, inverts and reptiles. Its holistic treatment abilities are the result of 3-4 basic steps:
Step 1 - Clay works with the body to expel parasites, remove toxins and facilitate the exchange of cations, resulting in an unsurpassed cleansing agent.
Step 2 - It balances and maintains the body's pH, water balance, osmotic pressure and intestinal flora.
Step 3 - Having prepared the body for optimum absorption, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay offers more than 60 naturally balanced macro, micro and trace mineral elements in a highly bio-available (powder) form.
Step 4 - In aquariums, the Calcium Montmorillonite Clay exits the digestive system into the environment, adding minerals while purifying the water. Since fish and other aquatic creatures absorb minerals from their environment as well as through the diet, the addition of these minerals packs a double punch. The constant bath in Calcium Montmorillonite Clay may also promote healing of external injuries, similar to the proven benefits of bathing in it. As a side benefit, it also results in a premium, natural aquatic plant fertilizer and prevents aquarium algae growth.
In his book The Trace Mineral Story, Dr. Melchior Dikkers concluded the following after extensive research and observation.
The results of my research and findings on the natural clay mineral Montmorillonite, are as follows:
1. The mineral absorbs toxic substances from the intestinal tract, and at the same time possesses a healing and soothing quality.
2. The absorptive power of this natural clay - mineral compound is very great. It absorbs gaseous substances and aids in regularity.
3. The natural clay mineral helps supply mineral trace elements that may be lacking in the diet.
4. The natural trace elements act as catalysts which aid in metabolism, and cell building.
5. These minerals form a gel-like substance that acts as a protective coating in the intestinal tract.
6. These minerals contain both ferrous and ferric iron. Ferrous irons for the hemoglobin (red coloring-matter of the blood) formation, and ferric irons for the muscular cells.
7. Minerals function in maintaining osmotic pressure and influence contractility of muscles.
8. Minerals enter into the synthesis of every living cell and they influence the vital processes of oxidation, secretion, growth, and reproduction.
9. Mineral elements are essential to the structure of certain complex chemical compounds, which influence the course of metabolism.
Animals demonstrate mineral deficiencies in a wide variety of ways, from behavioral to more obvious symptoms. Rabbits and Hamsters, for example, may cannibalize their young or pull the fur out of cohabiting animals. The impact on dogs & cats can vary from allergies to arthritis. The effects in breeding animals can be devastating, including small litters, high losses of newborns, poor growth rates, deformities and long-term health issues. Grazing animals can only obtain mineral-rich vegetation if it's grown in mineral rich earth, but with the depletion of farmland they are suffering from deficiencies. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay boasts over 60 macro/micro/trace mineral elements, including Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Silica, Manganese, Boron, Bromine, Chromium, Cobalt, Lutetium, Nickel, Selenium and Zinc.
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay as a Natural Pet Treatment
Medicinally, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has been successfully used to assist the body in rectifying serious health problems. It is often used to successfully treat digestive issues, such as intestinal infection, gas and extremely loose stools [Kevin A. Hahn, DVM, PhD & Robert H. Carpenter, DVM], even when all conventional medical treatments fail. It is used to soothe and line the gut and will also help expel parasites. Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has also been a very successful complimentary treatment for arthritis and similar issues. In fact, it was tested for NASA for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in Astronauts and animals with astounding success.
The removal of a full spectrum of toxins is one of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay's main claims to fame. It can assist the body in ridding itself of heavy metals and toxins through binding (adsorption), made possible by its negatively charged ions seeking out positively charged ions (toxins) throughout the body. It is even capable of dealing with radiation to a point where nuclear waste is buried in it as a natural barrier in case of leakage.
The effect of clay supplements on bacteria such as E. coli, Mycobacterium and Salmonella was studied in 2008 at Arizona State University. This study concludes "Our results indicate that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections." There is no shortage of recent studies with animals as the subject. Scientists have documented issues with mycotoxins in numerous studies as causes of poor performance and mortality. In 2007, animal scientists at Texas A&M University demonstrated definite effectiveness of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay as an aflatoxin binder in animal feeds.
Externally, 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
Although hype is rampant (as is the way of any natural 'cure'), we pride ourselves in providing only verifiable facts as we would want to hear them. The general consensus in the scientific community is that clays do not directly cure anything; they assist the body in curing itself and facilitate optimum function. The ability to bind with toxins, bacteria and viruses allows the body to rid itself of them and this alone can have a huge impact. Ingesting Calcium Montmorillonite Clay can result in profound improvement of conditions and overall health, which is why there are claims of it being a miracle cure.
Usage: Arguably but most commonly recommended, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is best taken on an empty stomach. It can be stirred into water (it is relatively neutral in taste). If your pet won't drink it, try mixing it into a little bit of their favorite wet food. Wait two hours and give them their normal breakfast and feed normally for the remainder of the day.
Fish & other aquatic pets: Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is mixed into food for fish. Shrimp appear to thrive on it and in fact there is a shrimp species, Niphargus, that lives it's entire life in clay.
Birds: Calcium Montmorillonite Clay can be mixed with water or grit, providing crucial minerals as well as Silicate. Several species of herbivorous birds were actually observed flocking to the site of a mudslide so they could enjoy easy access to the clay-rich soil [Diamond, Jared 1998].
Internal dosage: Since Calcium Montmorillonite Clay impacts digestion, it is recommended that it be introduced in small amounts to avoid loose stools sometimes associated with rapid detox. Increase the amount until you reach the dose you have decided upon. If your pet experiences digestive issues, simply cut back on the amount and work your way up. For comparison purposes, the recommended dosage for adult humans is 1 tsp of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay mixed with 6-8 oz of water. We use a salt shaker and add a small dash to our cat's food. We strongly recommend consulting with your Veterinarian (traditional, holistic or naturopath) before making any changes in your pet's diet. If your pet is taking medication, administer it more than two hours before or after feeding the clay.
External Applications: You can make a thick paste using one part Calcium Montmorillonite Clay and two parts water for use as a poultice. It is used for relief from itching, skin conditions (such as Eczema and Psoriasis), hot spots, burns, etc. The powder can be applied directly to open wounds to control bleeding and prevent infection.
All Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is not created equal. Lower grades can include dangerous levels of impurities and pet/pond or cosmetic grades are not strictly regulated. It could also be substituted with cheap sodium montmorillonite, bentonite, etc. If it isn't good enough for you to eat, it isn't good enough for your pet to eat.
Several manufactured pet foods contain clay in one form or another, but unfortunately it is often low pet grades or too extensively processed to be beneficial to the animal. Constipation sometimes occurs with kibble containing clay, which is probably due to the low water content.
For further research and information about the specific uses of Calcium Montmorillonite Clay (including recipes), please visit our blog.
Our human-grade*, 100% pure Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is used safely and effectively by both our pets and our family. It is a live, desert-mined, pristine clay of volcanic origin and rich in active, ionic trace minerals. Its extreme alkalinity boasts scientifically proven pH balancing abilities and antimicrobial properties in both pets and humans. Our Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is similar to flour in texture/grind, there is no grit, it is sand-free, and is neutral in both taste and odor. There are no artificial colors, flavors or additives in this product. ALS Chemex Certification #349096880072579.
Not to be confused with the lower grade, non-edible Calcium Montmorillonite Clay meant for ponds or cosmetics, the average suggested retail price for the leading brands of premium pet-grade Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is over $35 / 2 lb. By using no-frills, bulk packaging, we are able to offer premium, human-grade* Calcium Montmorillonite Clay for only $29.75 CAD / 2 pounds! Our top quality Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is heat-sealed in food-grade, thick plastic bags.
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