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Why Clay is good for healing dog skin issues and digestive health

by Samantha Stretton 21 Sep 2022
Why Clay is good for healing dog skin issues and digestive health


Sodium Bentonite Clay is an ancient and trusted remedy that generations of healers have used, both topically and orally, in the treatment of skin and digestive-related issues. 

What makes sodium bentonite clay such a powerful healing agent is its highly absorbent and potent antibacterial properties.   Together, these qualities can help in the treatment of the following types of ailments:

  • Digestive issues
  • Skin diseases
  • Immune support
  • Parasites

Why Sodium Bentonite Clay is Good for Dogs

Doggy Detox Agent
Bentonite clay is well known for its ability to detoxify the body because it acts like a super magnet; attracting and discharging positively charged particles, like heavy metals and chemicals, from the body.

Kidney Support 
In addition to toxins and metals, this clay is also great for helping the body remove organ toxin wastes. These can build up when organs start to decline and age. 

When your dog’s kidneys lose their ability to clear toxins they build up in her bloodstream which is one of the reasons why they feels so sick and nauseous. The excess phosphates that the kidneys can’t clear, get absorbed by the clay helping your dog to feel better and improve their appetite and energy levels.

Improve Immune Function And Gut Health
As noted previously, adding Sodium Bentonite Clay to your dogs diet helps with detoxification processes.  In addition, it also delivers a number of important trace elements to your dog’s diet.  The elements are often missing from modern diets (including raw diets) because our soils are now depleted of these minerals. 

In a nutshell, Sodium Bentonite Clay is a win-win for gut bacteria.  It boosts the growth of good gut bacteria and is great at binding and removing the pathogenic bacteria in the gut.  Its super absorbent qualities is also one of the reasons it’s able to clear up vomiting and diarrhoea episodes.

Relief For Skin Disease And Allergies
Sodium Bentonite clay can be used both orally and topically to provide skin and allergy relief.

When ingested Internally, it helps in the removal of toxins, parasites and bacterial overgrowth from the gut.  This in turn helps to keep the immune system in balance and better able to fight off any threats. 

However, the clay’s powerful antibacterial properties means it can also be used to treat a number of skin conditions including itching and “hot spots”, eczema, wounds, burns or stubborn bacterial or fungal skin infections.  Pet Putty (a combination of Sodium Bentonite Clay and Rosemary or Totara) is our go-to topical clay healing product for skin issues.

Alternatively, a DIY Sodium Bentonite Clay Paste will be very soothing and great at drawing toxins out of the skin.  Even better, it’s also safe if your dog licks it.

DIY Soothing Clay Bath

If you dog loves baths, and suffers from irritated skin or itching, here’s a recipe for a soothing clay bath.   

  • Use 1/2 -1 cup of clay in a full tub.
  • Keep the dog soaking in the bath for 10-20 minutes.


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