Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Can I Give My Dog Chlorophyll?


My Facebook friend, Cindy K. from Durham, N.C, asked me about the safety of giving her dog chlorophyll.  She takes it herself, and likes the results, but didn’t know whether it’d be as good for her dog as it is for her. 

That’s a good reason to ask.  Dogs are like humans in many ways, but we need to be cautious, because there are foods and supplements we can take, but they cannot.  Fortunately, I have good news for Cindy…and for all dog owners….Yes…you can give your dog chlorophyll.  Read on to find out more!

First off, what is chlorophyll? It is a green pigment found in plants – it gives them their green color through other chemical processes and the addition of sunshine.  It helps aid in digestion, cleanses the blood and neutralizes odors.  Hmmm…we don’t know of any doggies that have an ‘odor’, do we?   Chlorophyll is high alkaline, and I believe it could possibly be of benefit to a dog who has low alkaline measure in their urine.

Chlorophyll is also anti-carcinogenic…making it a beneficial supplement for a dog suffering from cancer.   It also helps to fight bad breath.  Take note, if your dog suffers from halitosis (bad breath), have his/her teeth checked by your vet to make sure there is not a serious issue going on.  Bad teeth can cause an array of illness, and even be deadly if left unattended.  It’s a good idea to tell your veterinarian what supplements you are giving your dog.

So, how can a responsible pet owner use this stuff? You can crush a tablet and sprinkle it on top of your dog’s food.  You can purchase liquid chlorophyll and add one to two tablespoons to your dog’s water.  I suggest, as with any new food or supplement addition, start slowly and build up to make sure your dog will be able to tolerate it without any adverse side effects.    This is why you need to be familiar with what is ‘normal’ for your dog…and that varies from dog to dog…you cannot make comparisons.

So, where can you purchase it? Check your local health food store or pet store.  Read labels! Buy the one with the least amount of ingredients in it.  Many times other ingredients are added…that’s not bad.  You might find a chlorophyll product with parsley in it…that’s ok.  When I start seeing artificial colors or preservatives I put it back on the shelf.  Naturally, the one with the least ingredients in it will most likely not be the cheapest.  But we don’t want to skimp! Quality food and supplementation are important! You get what you pay for!

I did some checking and found a product in the liquid form called Sunny Green.  In reading about their background, they seem to be a reputable, quality first company.  A 16 ounce bottle runs about $14.  Remember; don’t add too many new supplements or foods to your dog’s nutritional program at one time.  Allow enough time with one new thing to see what type of reaction there is.

Thanks for the question Cindy…I learned some new things…and will be considering the addition of chlorophyll to my dog’s daily regimen soon.  Please don’t hesitate to ask me questions…I will do the research necessary and find the answers! Thank you for your support of this blog!

16 comments:

  1. I had used chlorophyll tablets to mask the heat cycle, and it worked very well, this was many years ago, and it was inexpensive, I bought it at CVS then it was Hooks I think.. they had to order from their warehouse, and it took a couple of days...I gave my 55lb bitch 2 tabs/day for the 3 weeks of the cycle. As I remember they called them 100mg tabs whatever that is LOL. Greta

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  2. Thank you Greta also for the chlorophyll & the heat cycle information and how it was a success for you... Our girl is due to come into season soon and I have heard chlorophyll can assist in masking the scent :)

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  3. I just wanted to add a note to this blog. I just started using the chlorophyll in my dog's water. I have small bowls, because I have small dogs. I have started off with 1/2 cap to 1 cap for each bowl. Haven't been able to tell whether my dogs have drank any. It does not have an odor, just a whole lot of green color! If you use this in your dog's water, feel free to leave a comment as to how your dog's responded to it. Thanks. Anita

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  4. Buying supplements to add to your dogs food is not the way forward. They just need a balanced diet.
    Give your dogs a natural BALANCED raw +/- cooked diet if you prefer (without supplements) to include green tripe (high chlorophyll content) Also allow them to eat grass (you will find most dogs graze on certain types when out walking). They will thrive x
    PS Adding chlorophyll to the only source of water your dog has forces them to have the supplement when they are just thirsty and may not need/want chlorophyll. At least give them fresh water in a separate bowl at the side (if you aren't doing so already)!

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    1. It would be a perfect world if humans and their furry companions could get a balanced diet. There are many factors that enter in, and the majority of dogs eat commercial dog foods, which makes supplementing necessary. Even dogs who get home cooked or raw meals can still benefit from proper supplementation. Most dogs need zinc. Dog breed, age and health may also give need to certain supplements. I am not for over-supplementing, and I strongly suggest having a fur analysis done for your dog so you can truly see what is going on and adjust diet and supplementation as needed.
      Green tripe is a great addition to a dog's diet, and I will be blogging on that soon...however again, this is not a typical addition to most dog's diet. Chlorophyll does not need to be added to water all the time, but it is a great and pretty inexpensive health boost to an otherwise deficient diet.
      Thank you for your comments and be sure to check back from time to time, as I add blogs when I am able.

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  5. I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else!


    Minerals

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, for bookmarking and for sharing. I want every pet parent to learn all they can about taking care of their dog. I will be adding more soon, be sure to check back!

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  6. sunny Green isa great company with the purest facilities and source of blue green algae. Its the best I've found on the market and I've been a supplement's specialist at healthfood store since 2003. check out chloroxygen also. Its another excellent product that can help with oxygen defiencies such as breathing and altitude related issues.

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  7. Sunny Green is what I give to my dogs. I will check out the blue green algae and the chloroxygen....will be something to blog on! Thanks for reading and for sharing!

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  8. Last I heard blue green algae is toxic for dogs and can have dangerous consequences with even a few laps from a contaminated water source. Please be careful with your furry friends.

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    1. Thanks for the comment....I still haven't checked into it yet. I'll have to do some research and see what I can find out. I'll let everybody know! Thanks for reading :-)

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  9. Just came across this blog while researching "stinking dog". My dog outright stinks! She was fixed when she was a baby, we give her regular baths, take her to vet on schedule (they squeeze her glads as needed), feed her non-grain food (expensive) and have done everything possible to get rid of the stench. Within a day of a bath, she already smells. When I check her bedding, it's usually moist? as if she pees there? Don't have a clue what that's all about and the vet does not seem concerned. Today I gave her a Clorophyll capsule and plan on keeping it up for the next couple of weeks. I will report again

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    1. I don't know what kind of dog you have, or how old he/she is, but any kind of bad odor can be a sign of an imbalance in the dog's system. I have just started reading about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and have read some about this. I will be blogging. Adding the chlorophyll to your dog's diet may or may not address this issue, but it certainly would be a good addition from a health perspective...let me know how it works for you, and hopefully I can write some blogs on TCM real soon. Thanks for reading!

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  10. My 8 year old dog eats feces..always has and probably always will. We've tried all the cures and preventions. We will try a little chlorophyll to see if it helps with her resulting bad breath. Thanks so much for the great tips!

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  11. My boyfriend's cat had a rash for years!! He had a long haired orange cat and you could not even really pet him because it was obviously uncomfortable for him! I introduced 2 weeks of liquid chlorophyll in his diet, the rash is completely gone and this was over a year ago|! Awesome product! cats LOVE it!!

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  12. Nice blog, I learn a lot of tips on how to properly care a pet. I hope that I can have now a dog so that I will not get bored inside my house because having a pet can make you happy.

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