, pub-1355929376209830, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0Dogs fed fish and fish oil show elevated mercury levels - Puppy Small

Dogs fed fish and fish oil show elevated mercury levels

Are fish and fish oil safe for my dog?

Not long ago, fish and fish-based Omega-3 oils were the cornerstone of good health and considered safe and plentiful. Unfortunately, times have changed and finding a good source of sustainable, mercury and radioactive pollution-free Omega-3 is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Ocean pollution has reached unprecedented levels, prompting me to look for a low-cost, low-cost method to determine the levels of heavy metals and healthy minerals in the body. Hair testing was exactly what I was looking for.

Is There a Link Between High Mercury Levels and Epilepsy?

When I started comparing the results of dogs with high mercury levels, I noticed that one of these dogs also had a history of seizures, which made me curious. I looked through the records of my other epilepsy patients and discovered that several other dogs on a fish diet had epilepsy. The HairQ test The results from many of these dogs also showed abnormal mercury levels.

Tens of thousands of tests later, I have a better understanding of how unsafe fish is. Mercury is a known neurotoxin and its link to epilepsy should come as no surprise. You can find more details here clinical symptoms caused by mercury toxicity.

There also appears to be a link between increased levels of radioactive strontium 90 in dogs eating sardines.

Below are a few examples: (if you are viewing this email on your mobile device, you will need to download images)

Is there a way to remove mercury and other toxins from your dog’s body?

There is a common misconception that it takes a long time to remove mercury from the body. In practice, I have seen many dogs bring their mercury levels to normal by using the following


  1. Stop feeding fish and fish treats. If you give fish oil, make sure it comes from a mercury-free source.
  2. If you’re wondering about your dog’s mercury levels, test your dog’s hair using a HairQ test. I recommend testing once or twice a year, depending on previous test results.
  3. Preferably avoid kibble, canned food or low-quality meat. Remember that cheap meat is produced by feeding cheap feed, which often comes from third world countries where quality control can be much lower. Such food is more likely to be contaminated.
  4. Stop feeding fish or dried liver treats. If you have been feeding fish or dried liver treats, you can give your dog a HairQ test to see what their infection level is. As a side note, the liver is the body’s detoxification organ and feeding even small amounts of dehydrated liver can add up over time.
  5. Start a six-week course Liver Support and Cleansing (LiverTune) – an herbal cleansing formula that I recommend doing every six months (use it for four weeks for follow-up cleanses).

    Detox and Cleanse for dogs

      • If your dog has the essential supplements before the cleaning is there there is no need to stop offering it during cleaning.
      • If your dog has never used supplements before, it is an advantage to supplement with trace minerals and vitamins as they play a key role in the detoxification process. Vitamins stimulate the enzymatic pathways and minerals have the ability to push heavy metals out of the body.
      • Refer to the Aid for healthy dogs for more information about which supplements are suitable for your dog.
      How often should you repeat the cleaning?

      The repetition of cleaning depends in part on the degree of toxicity. I generally take my dog ​​with me a cleaning every six monthsHowever, it can be done more often if that is your dog’s HairQ test confirms that mercury levels are high.

      Most people notice the positive effects on their dog’s health, such as an increase in energy levels, better mobility, good digestion, stamina, endurance, skin and coat health and improved immune system function.

      Is it okay to use the HairQ test?

      If your dog has a history of elevated mercury levels before performing a cleanse, it is good to wait about four months and then monitor your dog’s levels by performing a cleanse. HairQ test again. If the levels do not change, it is important to look at other potential sources of heavy metal exposure, such as treats or water.

      Is molecular filtration a solution to remove mercury from oils?

      On the surface, this might seem like a good solution, but it’s more likely that high-mercury oils contain other built-up chemicals that may not be filtered out.

      But even with a highly efficient molecular filtration process, one problem remains, namely overfishing and the depletion of fish stocks, which should not be ignored.

      What are the alternatives to fish-based oils?

      A few years ago I was confronted with this question. I knew omega-3 fatty acids were important, but I still didn’t want to give my dog ​​fish oil.

      It took two years to find a sustainable mercury-free source, click for more information.

      Further reading on this topic:

      Toxicokinetics of mercury in blood compartments and hair of fish-fed sled dogs (2011)

      Distribution of mercury in the diet of a dog. Quantification and localization of total mercury in organs and central nervous system (1989)

      Low dose mercury toxicity and human health (2005)

      © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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