The importance of purging
Based on the title of this article, you will be quickly reminded that owning a pet is not always glamorous!
Purging and the ability to purge, either through vomiting or diarrhea, is very imperative, in fact, if purging is discouraged, it may impact your pets overall health and vitality.
So, why would your pet purge or want to purge?
Purging is a quick way of your dog or cat getting rid of something in the body that doesn’t belong, it can either be hidden toxins or chemicals, incompatible foods, hair balls and miscellaneous objects.
Purging is also a useful mechanism to discharge the body of any internal parasites, bacteria, and infections. If it is an infection, the expelled product will look like a ‘whitish’ froth.
If it is a thick, mucous substance that usually indicates that it has been coating harmful chemicals that have remained undigested in the gut.
The more toxic a pet is, the more will come out, and as I always say, “better out than in!”.
Sometimes a dog or cat will want to self-purge, this is followed by them selecting specific ‘remedies’ to help utilize them to purge. This can often be seen when they eat grass when they are outside, and it may take several days for them to purge everything out, from both ends.
But how about when it is winter and there is no access to grass?
You can actually offer your pet natural ‘remedies’, where if they select it (self-selection), it means they are wanting and needing to purge. You will know if your pet is selecting a remedy to purge versus simply wanting is as a snack by them taking in large amounts of whatever it is you offer.
Coconut oil is a great remedy to help your pet purge, it is often selected to help detach mucous, as many toxic chemicals don’t pass through the gut, so instead the body will produce mucus to coat and to protect itself. Foreign objects like wood and even stones can pass through by purging this way. If your pet suffers from pancreatitis, I would caution against using coconut or any oils for purging purposes.
Other helpful ‘remedies’ are; spirulina, wheatgrass, and barley grass.
When it comes to purging, sometimes a condition can get worse before it will get better, and be prepared when after you offer these remedies, as things will of course come out, so be prepared.
A beautiful long haired cat named Molly, who grooms herself as a good cat should.
There will be odd periods of time where it looks like she is actually coming down with something, only to severely improve after she purges all the hair balls out. If there is ever a delay in the purging process, it appears that her immune system will get temporarily compromised.
That is why purging is so important, as it is the body’s’ way of making sure that the toxin load in the body stays to a minimal amount.
If your pet is not in need of purging, then they will not select any of the remedies listed, or at least not in significant quantities.
Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.