What is chlorophyll?
First, a little bit of background is in order.
Chlorophyll is actually the green pigment found in the chloroplasts of algae and plants.
It is critical in the process of photosynthesis, helping plants absorb energy from light sources.
But it’s also extremely helpful for human beings and animals.
50 or so years ago, scientists started to unpack some of those benefits. They discovered that chlorophyll could fight certain infections, like strep or staph infections, and learned of some more cosmetic benefits like the combating of bad breath. It fought gum disease and got right of putrefying bacteria in the digestive tract. It was even linked to the healing of wounds, stimulating protective tissue growth.
So, what are the benefits of chlorophyll for dogs?
Now that you know a little more about chlorophyll in general, you might be wondering if it’s safe for dogs. After all, there are plenty of substances out there that are good for people but are simply no good for dogs and other pets.
The benefits of chlorophyll for dogs are pretty much the same as they are for people:
- Protects against cancer (this is a biggy)
- Regenerates red blood cells
- Provides energy for your dog
- Cleans and detoxifies the bloodstream and eliminates free radicals
- Cleans the digestive tract
- Heals wounds
- Fights infection and disease
- Helps with colon health and stool problems
- Cuts out grazing and grass eating
- Helps with oral health and gum disease
- Every organ in the body benefits from it
How do I give my own dogs chlorophyll?
There are a number of ways to make sure that your dog is getting his or her daily dose. The addition of barley grass can provide some of this wonderful green element, while alfalfa is also beneficial. We’ve talked a bit about alfalfa for dogs before, as some of you may remember. Either form or both is good.
Other options include the crushing of a tablet to be placed on top of your dog’s food or the addition of liquid chlorophyll to the dog’s water. With regards to dosage, I give my 100 pound lab 1/2 teaspoon in the am with her food and another 1/2 teaspoon with her dinner. IF YOU CHOOSE TO FEED BARLEY GRASS AND LATER NOTICE MORE SCRATCHING — STOP THE BARLEY GRASS AND SWITCH TO ANOTHER GREEN FOOD SUCH AS SPIRILINA OR CHLORELLA!
As with the addition of anything new to your dog’s diet, proceed with care. Adding chlorophyll certainly has its benefits, but it’s better to err on the safe side and start with small dosages and increase over the next couple of days until you reach the full dosage.
NOTE: DON’T get sucked into thinking that feeding your dog those rawhide treats they now have on the market calling them chlorophyll treats are an alternative – THEY ARE NOT! There’s a tiny bit of chlorophyll in those amongst a lot of ingredients that aren’t good for your dog including rawhide and sugar. GIVE THE REAL DEAL!
Here’s another article that includes more information on the benefits of chlorophyll for dogs.