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!