Doing a liver detox or gentle liver cleanse is one of the most important things we can do for our health. I do this myself, with my dog and did it with a client’s dog who “runs hot.” In this blog, I give you several options!

My dog loved celery juice. In fact, he couldn’t get his celery juice fast enough. No joke, he would bark at me while I was making it. “GIVE ME MY JUICE!’ The next day after celery juice and meatless meal, he seemed spunky.

My client’s dog results were I noticed he seemed to not pant as often and when he did he would cool off faster. Also, he was a lot more playful overall and lots of silliness like in this video. If you’re interested in his pet bed, here you can buy the chemical free dog bed with bolster.

Why do we need to do a liver detox for pets?

Our liver protects us in many ways. If your pet’s liver gets overloaded with toxins, your pet can experience health issues like high blood pressure, skin conditions, fatigue, and weight gain.

Think of your liver like the air filter in your car. If it gets dirty, your car is not going to perform as well right? You may see things like a drop in gas mileage. Unlike your car’s air filter that can be pulled out and replaced, our livers need to be cleaned up by the things we do or don’t put into our bodies.

The idea behind this detox is to hydrate and give your liver time to detox. It is meant to be gentle, so you don’t need to do everything.

Before we get started I have a few disclaimers. While the two powders in the green drink are considered safe for dogs and cats, I always suggest starting with one thing and a small dose. The detox drink is the only part of this blog that I’m suggesting for cats, the rest is for you and your dog. Finally, check with your vet to see if they feel it is safe depending on our pet’s current health. Even with things that are considered safe or gentle, it can backfire if done too fast. Trust me, I experienced what I thought was food poisoning but it wasn’t.

Celery juice for pets

Pet liver detox drink option 1

Instructions: Drink this on an empty stomach AND wait 30 minutes before serving your dog or cat any food.

How to make celery juice: To make celery juice you will need a juicer or powerful blender. If using a high-end blender, you will also need something like a nut milk bag to strain the juice from the pulp.

Celery juice amount: Start your cat or dog with a small amount and build their tolerance from there. Celery juice for dogs: To give you an idea I worked my 70 lb dog up to 2 ounces. Cats: I see people on Instagram doing this with their cats starting from 1/8 tsp and worked up to 1 tsp, depending on the size of the cat.

Tip: If your dog or cat won’t drink celery juice voluntarily, you could try to give it to them with a pet syringe (needless syringe). Although I lean towards figuring out a way to get them to do it on their own.

Green drink for pets

Pet liver cleanse drink option #2. If your pet won’t drink celery juice here is another option for you.

Instructions: Have your dog drink this green drink on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, AND wait 30 minutes before serving your dog or cat any food.

Ingredients and directions: Mix algae and this green juice powder with water. If you feel more comfortable getting a product specifically for dogs, you can purchase this blue-green algae for dogs.

Liver detox smoothie for you and your dog
Pet Liver Detox Smoothie

Dog Liver Detox Smoothie

Instructions: 1) You can have this smoothie 30 minutes after one of the above detox drinks. 2) No animal protein for at least an hour after drinking this smoothie. Fruit and animal protein do not mix well together.

This smoothie is about 12 ounces and only part of it should be shared with your dog. For example, a 70 lb. dog could have a half cup of this smoothie and you drink the rest. I am not suggesting this for cats.

Ingredients and directions: Put the following into a blender. 1 banana, 1/2 cup red dragon fruit (aka pitaya), 1 cup wild blueberries and water for desired consistency. If you want a larger smoothie, double the everything except the dragon fruit.

Liver detox breakfast for dogs

Dog meatless meal

Dog meatless meal

Instructions: You can have this meatless meal 30 minutes after your detox drink or 1 hour after the detox smoothie.

Why a meatless meal for dogs? Waiting to have meat, or any other source of fat from animals or plants, until later in the day will help continue the liver detox process.

Tip: If you only feed dinner but give your dog a morning snack, give your dog a meatless dog treat. If you feed breakfast and dinner than a meatless meal for breakfast is a good option.

Here is one example of how I made a meatless meal for my dog. His meatless meal consisted of quinoa, steamed sweet potato, raw kale or spinach, and celery.

Liver detox foods and snacks for dogs

Celery can reduce lipomas.

Cucumbers contain enzymes to help the body’s protein digestion process. Cucumbers have a cooling effect on the adrenals, liver, and kidneys!

Red skinned apples increase digestive strength, help rid your body of bacteria, yeast, and mold, quench thirst, and are a great detoxifier.

Sweet potato is anti-cancerous, helps with stress and helps remove heavy metals.

Spinach is the most beneficial raw not cooked. Spinach is a source of protein, leafy greens contain plant-based omega 3’s, and spinach helps the liver recover by removing waste from the liver.

Kale is rich in omegas 3, helps with arthritis, feeds beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, stimulates the liver and kills strep (which can be responsible for chronic ear infections).

Tricks to get your dog to eat fruit or veggies

If your pet won’t eat fruits or vegetables, try giving them a smaller piece!

Sometimes it is not that your dog doesn’t like apples or celery but they don’t like the size of it. Yes sometimes it is really that simple, watch my client’s dog reject and then eat some apple.

Comment below to tell me what you tried and how it helped your pet!

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