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Clay for Pets

Of the many uses of bentonite clay is with animals. When taken internally, it doesn’t know if it’s in the body of a child, an adult or an animal. It goes to work attracting toxins, allergens, parasites and bacteria, while cleaning the intestinal tract. It’s reasonable to assume that if bentonite clay successfully treats a condition in one type of animal (including people!) that it will also be effective treating the same condition in another type of animal. Compared to harmful and often expensive prescription drugs, natural clay is often a good option to consider and it is completely safe and non-toxic.

People have used our clay for dogs with arthritis, giardia, yeast infections, diarrhea, kidney disease, SARDS, allergies, itching, dental plaque and more. Other customers have used our clay for cats for vomiting, arthritis, bacterial infections, abscesses, poor appetite and more. You can find our bentonite clay reviews on the individual product pages of our online store.

Our calcium bentonite clay powder is the same as our clay for dogs and other animals - Animin. It merely has a different label on the package, showing how to use bentonite clay for people versus for animals. Since both products are the same, you can be sure that your pet is getting food grade bentonite clay. This is important since many clays on the market are NOT for internal use. It’s always best to check with the seller to see what their recommendation is regarding using their bentonite clay internally. This also means you and your pet can share the same package.

Dr. Al Plechner is a practicing veterinarian in Los Angeles, California. He has been recommending calcium bentonite clay to his patients for more than 40 years. Dr. Plechner has found that including Natural clay in the diet of his patients enhances their nutritional uptake and aids in the healing process. As Dr. Plechner states “We can only treat the clinical effects of a disease, but often the success or failure of our therapy will depend on the overall health of the patient. Natural clay can make that difference.”

Animals in the Wild Are in the Know

The interplay of animal life and earth can be fascinating.  Wild animals’ tendencies to consume raw earth has been well documented, with them often going to phenomenal measures to gain access to clay-rich rocks and soils.  It was once thought that only a few animals would consume these soils on occasion to supplement mineral deficiencies during times of famine. It has now been observed that many varieties of species have evolved to ingest clay to counteract environmental and man-made toxins or to aid in healing sickness.  In fact, for many, their very survival depends upon having access to this natural resource.

Today, we understand that certain clays have strong negative ionic absorptive and adsorptive properties, which when taken internally can bind with an abundance of harmful, positively-charged substances and safely pass them out of the body.  Animals, not having this scientific understanding, have instinctually been bred by nature to seek out clay when they have consumed an excess of unfriendly compounds.  Working synergistically with plants, clay has made available entirely new staple foods containing both valuable nutrients and harmful bitter components which would previously have been unavailable as sustenance.  In a similar manner to how early humans learned to cook their otherwise inedible food sources, many animals have learned how to use clay to turn the odds of survival in their favor. It is a wonderful example of simple animalistic use of natural tools.

While more prevalent among herbivores that consume higher levels of plant toxins, all types of animals have been observed consuming clay-based soils.  Animals kept in captivity, which have grown to have a need for clay but are artificially kept apart from it by their unaware captors, often show obvious signs of degeneration in their health.  Many people do not understand how these animals have intertwined their health maintenance with clay. Gorillas eat clay to combat diarrhea; rats will seek it out if they ingest pesticide; birds keep internal parasites under control with it; elephants dig down to subsurface clay with their tusks to attain their massive sodium, potassium, calcium, and manganese requirements. Even wolf and tiger droppings have been found with large clay deposits in them.

Knowing how important clay consumption is to all these animal species for a variety of reasons, it is worth considering including it in your own pet’s food or water supply.  Man does not yet understand all of the instinctual reasons that animals go to such great lengths to seek out clay, but we do know how much healthier and happier they seem as a result.  Most house pets will even choose food and water containing clay over plain food or water. Instinctually, they too know they benefit from it.  Clay baths for your pets can also have good results on reversing external conditions and maintaining coat luster.  Just as with human consumption, choose a high-mesh quality clay for your pets. And for external use, bath clay is perfectly appropriate.

How to Use Bentonite Clay for Pets

The best way to use bentonite clay internally with animals is to include it with their food. The amounts shown here are based on body weight, regardless of animal type. Since our calcium bentonite clay is tasteless and odorless, your pet should not even know they're getting it in their food. Simply sprinkle the clay powder directly on their food. If your pet ONLY eats (dry) kibble, then add a small amount of water to the clay in a ceramic or glass dish and pour over the kibble.

Body Weight     Amount

<20 lbs               1/2 tsp

20-50 lbs            1 tsp

50-90 lbs.           1 Tbsp

>90 lbs.               1-2 Tbsp