Effects of Heavy Metals Exposure to Dogs

Effects of Heavy Metals Exposure to Dogs

The elements that are naturally found in the earth, soil, and water are called heavy metals. Heavy metals are used in many applications like industry, medicine, and agriculture. The most common heavy metal pollutants are arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, nickel, lead, and mercury.

When dogs are exposed to heavy metals, they can suffer from various issues, and we’ll discuss most in a moment. Heavy metals are also in foods due to the soil, chemicals we spray, and the pollutant in the environment, therefore we all need to take measures to prevent harmful effects and that includes your dogs.

Let’s begin.

Symptoms of Heavy Metal Exposure to Dogs

When dogs are exposed to heavy metals for a long time, their gastrointestinal and neurological systems are affected. Some common signs of heavy metal toxicity are seizures, running aimlessly, changes in behavior, blindness, and loss of muscle coordination.

When there is an issue with the gastrointestinal system, dogs will show symptoms like lack of appetite, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and diarrhea or constipation. So, whenever you observe any of these signs, it’s best to start taking note of what you have been feeding your dog and where they have been.

What Causes Heavy Metal Toxicity in Dogs?

When dogs ingest materials that contain large amounts of metals, they suffer from heavy metal toxicity.  Heavy metals can enter your dog’s body in many ways, and they might consume them in their foods or absorb them through their skin.

Heavy metal poisoning takes place in dogs when they’re exposed to these metals for a long time, and short-term exposures don’t lead to heavy metal toxicity in dogs. Some common sources of heavy metals that can be dangerous for pets are plumbing materials, paint, golf balls, solder, and lead foil.

Some materials like newspaper dyes, inks, and lead weights also contain some minute amounts of heavy metals. Moreover, dogs can be exposed to lead when they drink water from a ceramic bowl or lead pipes.

Metal Specific Symptoms in Dogs

Earlier, we have discussed the overall effects of heavy metals on dogs. But here, we’ll cover each of them separately.

Effects of Mercury Poisoning

  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble walking
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vision changes

Effects of Lead Poisoning

  • Sleep problems
  • Irritation
  • Loss of appetite
  • High blood pressure

Effects of Cadmium Poisoning

  • Breathing problems
  • Fever and muscle pain

Effects of Arsenic Poisoning

  • Muscle cramps
  • Swollen skin
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Super Foods can help to balance histamine levels naturally and help the body to detox. Keeping the system clean by using dark leafy greens along with foods that reduce inflammatory responses is essential for allergy sufferers. It is equally important to strengthens the gut and supports the immune system.Super Fydo Greens helps to gently removes waste and toxins from the body of your pooch and can aid in the balance of histamine levels naturally. In addition it contains nutritionally dense whole foods like Spirulina, Wheat Grass, and Honey Granules that support healthy organ functions and promote a robust immune response.

By removing waste and straightening the Immune system you can greatly relieve if not banish your dogs allergy symptoms. How does it benefit your dog?

  • Support immune health
  • Strengthens the gut
  • Promotes healthy response to food, skin, and environmental allergies​

Provide your pet with a longer, healthier and happy life! Just sprinkle some on top of or mix into any homemade food or treats recipe. (See our blog for recipes)  Super Fydo Greens, for a more natural approach, when feeding your pet!

Your Dogs Food Contributes to Heavy Metal Toxicity?

Studies have shown that heavy metal consumption in dogs is more than in humans. So how does it get there?

Tap Water: There are several heavy metals on the World Health Organization’s list of Chemicals of Major Public Health concerns, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, all of which can be found in tap water. Check your municipality water report.

Fish-based dog foods contain higher mercury, arsenic, and cadmium content as compared to red meat-based foods. Larger fish such as shark, swordfish, tuna, sea bass, halibut, and marlin tend to accumulate more mercury and should be avoided. Smaller fish such as sardines, anchovies, and mackerel—tend to be lower in heavy metals. Although Salmon, which is often found in dog food, has low Mercury score, is generally farm fed. Farmed salmon has been found to contain toxic chemicals methylmercury and dioxins, and farms have been accused of polluting the oceans, fostering disease, and spreading sea lice.

Meat-based diets contain higher lead concentrations. Due to the lack of studies, poultry-based diets are safe for dogs because they have lower metal content but dogs generally have a higher food sensitivity to chicken. Sensitives may differ between farm-raised organic versus industry farmed.

Rice is a popular ingredient in both commercial and homemade foods; both brown rice and white exceed the levels of arsenic. In fact, there are many grains that exceed the levels of toxic metals and it is suggested that alternating rice with other grains in order to reduce toxic levels.

Veggies Leafy vegetables were found to contain the highest metals values especially parsley, peas, and cucumbers. The roots of plants are in closest contact with the soil and have higher concentrations of heavy metals than other vegetables. Switching from carrots or sweet potatoes to other vegetables could decrease the intake of heavy metals. Heavy metals in foods can certainly be related to the polluted air with industrial activities. According to the Science Direct website “The study concludes that atmospheric depositions and marketing systems of vegetables play a significant role in elevating the levels of heavy metals in vegetables having potential health hazards to consumers.”

What Can You Do to Limit Heavy Metal Toxicity in Dogs?

Certified Organic foods will always contain lower levels (or no levels) of pesticides. They will also be free of added hormones or genetically modified organisms

Check your water supply. Have it tested and if required purchase a water filter that meets your needs.

Grow your own. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to ensure no heavy metals or pesticides in your produce. Just test your soil for arsenic first to confirm!

Wash and Peel. You can decrease heavy metals in some produce by scrubbing the skin (to get rid of any soil containing arsenic) well before consuming and/or peeling the skin (this is especially true for root vegetables like beets, turnips, carrots, radishes, and potatoes which have arsenic mostly in their skins).

Feed less of or avoid all-together

·        Non-Organic Foods. If it’s not organic it will be treated with Glyphosate and/or other harmful pesticides.

·        Oats (includes cereal and granola). Because both non-organic and some organic oats were found to contain Glyphosate, it’s best to avoid conventional oat products (granola, oatmeal, cereals) and proceed with caution on the organic oat front.

·        Rice products are known to contain arsenic. In fact, rice products fared worse than any other product in recent Consumer Report testing. Rice products can also contain lead and cadmium. This includes rice, rice crackers, cereals, infant rice cereals, rice-based milk and rice-based baby formula, rice-based pasta, and brown rice syrup. White basmati rice from California, India, and Pakistan and sushi rice from the US tend to have lower arsenic levels than other types of rice.

·        Fish: Bigeye tuna, king mackerel, orange roughy, shark, and swordfish are particularly high in methylmercury.

·        Certain roots and leafy greens. Sweet potatoes and leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale have been found to absorb higher levels of heavy metals. These are also nutrient-dense foods that should not necessarily be eliminated so just reduce their frequency.

What Can You Do To Check Your Dogs Levels?

If you’re interested in testing your dog for heavy medals you can follow the link.

The Holistic Wellness Scan uses biofeedback, which has the ability to read the energetic resonance that is stored within the hair samples. Biofeedback energy status analysis test measures the body’s bioenergetic balance or homeostasis in relation to various food and environmental factors that an animal has been exposed to.

If your dog is experiencing or exhibiting sensitivities to Metal, Food, or Environment, then this test will give you insight on how to proceed with your dog’s wellness plan. Also included with this test will be a panel on Nutritional Deficiencies and Food and Environmental sensitives. .

Final Words

Environmental pollution’s, low-quality foods, and the abundance of heavy metals in the earth’s crust are the major contributors to heavy metal toxicity in dogs. You can prevent your dogs by taking the right actions.

So, be wise when selecting dog food and ensure that you keep your pets in a safe environment. It will help you limit the heavy metal exposure to dogs, and they can live a long and healthy life.



The Fresh Pet Chef

The Fresh Pet Chef

With Christine Johnson

Welcome to our blog page. The fact that you are here means that you are in tuned to the connection that what we feed our dogs affects their health. We realize that nutrition is the prevention and the therapy to all disease. 

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