You love your dog. That’s why their well-being and happiness come before everything. So when your pup starts acting a bit off, it only makes sense to dive into the world wide web of endless possibilities, often resulting in even more panic. We feel your struggle. Words you can’t pronounce, chemicals you’ve never heard of… It will oftentimes have you wondering, what the heck am I putting in my dog? That’s where cell salts for dogs come in.
What are Cell Salts for Dogs?
To begin with, cell salts are a low potency, gentle homeopathic remedy that works to restore mineral imbalances within the body. Also known as tissue salts, cell salts are the twelve essential mineral salts that exist naturally in the body and are crucial for staying healthy.
Research shows that overall well-being, more times than not, begins on a cellular level. By restoring insufficiencies with cell salts, dogs and people alike experience an overall boost in endurance, energy, and strength.
Precautions of Mineral Supplements
While mineral deficiencies can significantly impact your dog’s health, giving minerals in supplement form can be very dangerous as well. Most mineral supplements are synthetic, and therefore artificial. The unnatural characteristics of the supplement cause the body to not always recognize or absorb it.
Cell salts for dogs provide a natural, safe way to regulate irregularities. Using homeopathic remedies is not only the safer option, but oftentimes, the most effective.
The Power of Science
Let’s get a little scientific. Chemically speaking, salt is an ionic compound made of two oppositely charged ions, one positive ion from a metal and one non-metal, generally a gas. The oppositely charged ions attract one another and form a neutral molecule that we refer to today as a salt. In molten form, the cell salts conduct electricity and then become electrolytes, a term that most are familiar with from our lives as human beings.
What we may not realize is that dogs need electrolytes as well. When their body lacks these nutrients, it affects them just as much as it does you. Not only do dogs become lethargic and exhibit depressive qualities, but more importantly, without electrolytes, their bodies cannot heal. To explain, the body needs electrolytes to restore energy and repair cells, as you’ll often see advertised with Gatorade or Emergen-C. Interestingly enough, dogs are truly not that different from their owners, regarding what they need to live their best lives.
What is Bioplasma?
As briefly mentioned, there are twelve essential cell salts for dogs. Bioplasma cell salts, known as “Bio 12,” is a combination of these twelve salts and is a safer, more efficient way to utilize mineral supplements and correct imbalances.
The 12 Salts
Now we’ll briefly address the twelve essential salts and provide a list of signs that your dog may benefit from that specific salt. Again, we always recommend discussing your options and concerns with your holistic vet.
#1 Calcarea fluorica (Calc fluor 6X)
(Found in the outer surface of teeth, nails, and skin as well as in the walls of blood vessels)
- Loose teeth and dental issues
- Dry, cracked skin often leading to irritation
- Hardness, stiff glands
- Repeat sprains
#2 Calcarea phosphoricum (Calc Phos 6X)
(Found in blood plasma, blood corpuscles, saliva, teeth, and connective tissue)
- Arthritis pain and symptoms
- Poor digestion
- Weak circulation
- Slow to heal
- Blood disorders
#3 Calcarea sulphurica (Calc sulph 6X)
(Found in liver, bile, connective tissue, and teeth)
- Pus at the edges of eyes
- Skin boils
- Oozing skin infections
- Pus discharge
#4 Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferr Phos 6X)
(Found in connective tissue, liver, bile, and teeth)
- Digestive issues
- Vomiting of blood
#5 Kali muriaticum (Kali mur 6X)
(Found in blood corpuscles, muscles, and brain cells)
- A frequent cough and colds
- White greyish coating of the tongue
- Chronic lethargicness
- Slow digestion
- Slow healing
#6 Kali phosphoricum (Kali phos 6X)
(Found in all tissues of the body, primarily blood, brain, nerve, and muscle)
- Bad odor from the body
#7 Kali sulphuricum (Kali sulph 6X)
(Found in blood, mucus membranes, and skin)
- Profuse shedding of the skin
- Yellow or green mucus discharge
- Ear infections
- Respiratory issues including asthma and wheezing
#8 Magnesia phosphoricum (Mag phos 6X)
(Found in nerves, muscles, blood, bones and teeth)
- Stomach cramping
#9 Natrum muriaticum (Nat mur 6X)
(Found in every tissue and every fluid)
- Bloated appearance
- Watery diarrhea
- Excess salivation
- Bleeding from lungs or bowels
#10 Natrum phosphoricum (Nat phos 6X)
(Found in blood, nerves, muscles, brain and intercellular fluids)
- Swollen joints
- Pain when walking or moving
- Green diarrhea
#11 Natrum sulphuricum (Nat sulph 6X)
(Found in intercellular fluids)
#12 Silica (Silica 6X)
(Found in blood, bile, epithelium, bones, hair, nails and connective tissue)
- Swollen glands
- Sinus issues
- Body odor
- Skin infections, including infections and irritations from fleas and allergic reactions
- Nervous irritability
In short, Bio 12 aids dogs of all ages but can make a huge difference in healing chronic ailments of older dogs with conditions including, but not limited to, Cushing’s Disease, arthritis, and hypothyroidism.
Health Benefits of Cell Salts for Dogs
Tissue salts aid the cells of the body to operate efficiently and improve necessary processes such as circulation, digestion, nutrition, and detoxification. Tissue salts are also a vital aspect of restoring and healing cancer cells.
In short, adding the appropriate salt to the diet of a dog facing any affliction and imbalance can allow its body to heal and return harmonious balance.
5 common issues that the use of cell salts for dogs aid in curing:
- Respiratory Issues – such as sinus infections, colds, sneezing, and coughing.
- Digestive Issues – a range of issues such as diarrhea, indigestion, and IBS.
- Anxiety – stress relief in events such as going to the vet and thunderstorms.
- Joint Pain – including pets that suffer from conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain and aiding to restore connective tissue in joints.
- Diabetes – works to restore imbalances in blood sugar and insulin levels.
How To Give Your Dog Cell Salts
Biochemic cell salts are available at most health food stores or organic markets. More and more dog food stores are also selling the natural supplement. They are most commonly found and easily given in pill form.
A popular Bio 12 brand comes from Dr. Schuessler and can be purchased online.
Dosage & Frequency
As a general guideline, tissue salts should be administered twice a day for several weeks to see desired results. Dogs can be given two or three tablets under the tongue, twice daily, at least ten minutes before or after food.
Precautions When Using Cell Salts for Dogs
While biochemic tissue salts are very mild, as with all homeopathic remedies, if symptoms worsen, the pet owner should no longer administer the salts. Also, the use of tissue salts should discontinue once the ailments have resolved. With this in mind, is important to discuss with your holistic vet which blend is best suited for your dog.
There are a few frequent changes that pet owners may find when giving tissue salts:
- Increase in energy
- More awareness in day to day activities
- Decrease in thirst
- Less frequency of need to urinate
Many pet owners describe the difference they see as not being one particular change, but rather an overall improvement of their dog’s wellbeing and happiness.
Safe, Natural, Effective
In summary, navigating through all of the medications, supplements, and vaccinations needed in your dog’s life can feel like a never-ending Google search. It feels like new information is coming out on a daily basis and unfortunately, a lot of it isn’t concrete facts, but opinions. Who do we listen to when (wo)man’s best friend is in need? Whose advice do we follow?
Firstly, there usually isn’t a one size fits all answer. In fact, no two dogs are the same, and each will react differently to new supplements. One supplement may cure Spot but cause adverse reactions in Fido.
In summary, there are cold hard facts regarding the potential dangers of many antibiotics and medications, including artificially made mineral supplements. To sum up, if your beloved pup is struggling with a mineral deficiency, cell salts for dogs can be an absolute game changer and a promising way to ensure that your dog is as happy and healthy as possible.