If your dog drinks tap water, his health is at risk.
Does this surprise you?
It wouldn’t surprise you if you saw this in the news …
Fluoride Now A Neurotoxin
A 2014 research study (Neurobehavioural Effects of Developmental Toxicity) published in one of the world’s most distinguished medical journals, The Lancet, finally classified fluoride as a dangerous neurotoxin …
… and that’s in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury!
The research showed that children exposed to fluoride in drinking water at levels of less than 4 milligrams per liter (which is lower than the level permitted by the US Environmental Protection Agency), found an average 7 point decrease in the IQs of these children.
While 7 points may not seem like much, it’s enough to make the researchers worried that fluoride could be causing neurodevelopment disabilities such as ADHD, dyxlesia and other cognitive disorders, which affect millions of children.
The report highlights their “very great concern that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence.”
The researchers are so concerned about these dangers that they’ve called for “all chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals” to be tested for developmental toxicity.
If fluoride causes cognitive issues in children, it almost certainly does in dogs too.
In fact, it’s likely dogs suffer even more ill effects from fluoride than people do, and they involve health issues far beyond neurological development issues.
And the worst part is fluoride is very hard to avoid.
Where Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is added to many city water supplies to help prevent tooth decay. Some private well water may even contain fluoride as it’s naturally present in most water.
Bottled water is also allowed to contain fluoride, and is currently limited to 0.7 mg per liter. But there’s no requirement to disclose this on the label, so you have to contact the manufacturer to find out.
When fluoride is present in drinking water at 1 part per million, it’s considered safe. However some agencies won’t sound the alarm until levels reach 4 parts per million.
And that’s probably too late.
No Informed Consent
Most European countries have stopped adding fluoride to drinking water because of its toxic properties.
And in some countries like China, India and parts of Africa, the water has high natural fluoride levels. In these countries, they’re actually removing the fluoride from the water supply.
But in the US, fluoride is still added to drinking water … it’s estimated that 3 in 4 Americans are drinking fluoridated water …
… which probably means 3 in 4 dogs are drinking fluoride too.
Not only that, but it’s absorbed through the skin as well, so every time you bathe your dog or let him swim in your pool, he’s likely being exposed to unsafe levels of neurotoxic fluoride.
And there are other ways your dog is getting too much fluoride …
Fluoride In Dog Foods
Because fluoride is added to drinking water, it infiltrates everything.
Plants, processed foods and feed animals all accumulate fluoride until the safe levels in the drinking water are blown away.
This is especially true for kibble and processed foods.
Independent studies, including those done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show that many processed dog foods have excessive levels of fluoride that are as much as 2.5 times higher than “safe” levels.
Most of the fluoride in pet food comes from chicken byproduct meal, poultry byproduct meal, meat meal, meat and bone meal, animal digest and chicken meal.
If you feed a commercial dog food, check the labels for these ingredients and avoid them.
But keep in mind fluoridated water is also added to the food during processing.
If you brush your dog’s teeth, you’ll also want to check his toothpaste ingredients to make sure there’s no fluoride; it’s present in some pet toothpaste brands. (You may want to check out the warning labels on your own toothpaste too.)
Risks Of Fluoride Toxicity
One of the main risks of too much fluoride is a disease called skeletal fluorosis.
Skeletal fluorosis is a painful, debilitating disease caused by a buildup of fluoride in the body. This disease is often misdiagnosed, even in later stages of the disease, as the symptoms mimic those of other diseases.
Since fluoride’s effects are cumulative, it’s easy to mistake fluorosis for arthritis symptoms. Xrays only show the more advanced stages of the disease and completely miss the early stages.
Early stage symptoms of fluorosis include stiffness and painful joints and may just be dismissed as your dog’s normal aging process or a bit of arthritis.
More advanced stages of the disease can also be misdiagnosed as conditions like spondylosis or renal osteodystrophy (abnormal bone growth the results from kidney disease).
It’s widely thought that skeletal fluorosis is not an issue in North America … but in reality, early onset is possibly rampant and either misdiagnosed or missed completely.
Additional Fluoride Risks
New studies have ironically linked dental disease to fluoride. So the substance that’s intended to prevent tooth decay is damaging teeth in other ways.
Fluoride can also cause weakening of bones, bone loss, bone cancer (especially osteosarcoma), kidney disease, and hypothyroidism.
Gastrointestinal upset has also been linked to fluoride. http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/gastrointestinal/
It’s also possible that fluoride increases your dog’s risk of getting osteosarcoma. Studies have found that boys who drink fluoridated tap water between the ages of six and eight have increased risk of osteosarcoma, and dogs may be even more susceptible to this deadly disease.
Consider the numbers: more than 10,000 osteosarcoma cases occur in US dogs each year (and this number may be understated as not all cases are confirmed and registered). This is over 10 times higher than osteosarcoma cases in the US human population, which are less than 1,000 a year.
Why is it so much higher in dogs? Could it be because they’re consuming a lot of extra fluoride through their food — and eating the same food every single day, compared to humans who eat a much wider variety of foods?
The damage from excessive fluoride is cumulative and for the most part, irreversible.
Pulling The Plug On Fluoride
While the symptoms can be treated, the only true treatment is to make sure your dog is exposed to as little fluoride as possible.
Don’t feed processed foods like kibble or canned foods, and if you do, make sure they don’t contain ingredients like chicken byproduct meal, chicken meal or other meat meals, animal digest, and bone meal.
If you feed your dog a raw diet, buy the best ingredients you can afford. Try to get free range (non factory-farmed) meats, and buy organic veggies and fruits.
Find out whether your municipal water or your well water contains fluoride. If it does, give your dog filtered drinking water, and make sure the filter you buy does filter out fluoride, as many (including Brita brand filters) don’t.
Some bottled water may also contain fluoride, but the FDA doesn’t require it to be disclosed on the label, so the only way to find out is to contact the manufacturer.
Detoxing From Fluoride
You can help remove fluoride from your dog’s body.
Iodine can help detoxify fluoride accumulation, so adding kelp to your dog’s diet is a good idea. Make sure you buy kelp from a reputable manufacturer who tests their kelp for purity. Kelp sourced from Nova Scotia, Iceland and New Zealand is generally considered best because those waters are less polluted.
Give about ¼ tsp per 10 lbs of body weight per day.
Another alternative is chlorella.
Chlorella is a superfood that’s also known for its ability to bind toxins and help remove them from the body.
Start out slowly and build up to 1 gram of chlorella daily for small dogs and up to 3 grams for larger dogs.
Other herbs said to help remove fluoride from the body include turmeric, cayenne, parsley and cilantro; any of these can be sprinkled on your dog’s food (but not too much cayenne, as it’s very spicy).
Even though fluoride is nearly impossible to avoid, these foods may help detoxify your dog and keep him safe from fluoride-related diseases.