The Health Benefits of Chlorophyll for Dogs

by janie knetzer on April 12, 2013

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There are a handful of supplements that all dogs need daily and one of them should provide a healthy dose of chlorophyll for your dog.  This article discusses the tremendous benefits of adding super foods that include chlorophyll to your dog’s daily diet and why your four legged friend must have it.

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 good news is that chlorophyll is not only safe for your dog; your dog needs it to thrive.

Consider the things we already know chlorophyll does, for instance. It keeps your dog strong with a healthy immune system.  This is critical because a strong immune system guards your dog against illness and disease.

Here are some other major benefits of chlorophyll for dogs:

  1. Protects against cancer (this is a biggy)
  2. Regenerates red blood cells
  3. Provides energy for your dog
  4. Cleans and detoxifies the bloodstream and eliminates free radicals
  5. Cleans the digestive tract
  6. Heals wounds
  7. Fights infection and disease
  8. Helps with colon health and stool problems
  9. Cuts out grazing and grass eating
  10. Helps with oral health and gum disease
  11. Every organ in the body benefits from it

Purchase Starwest Botanicals organic barley powder here – what I use for my own fur kids!

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!

chlorophyll for dogs

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.

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GUS HANRAHAN April 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Is chlorophyll the substance that dogs get from eating grass. I notice my dogs eating grass.

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janie knetzer April 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Gus:
Yes, they do get chlorophyll from eating grass and I firmly believe that’s why they eat it, because they need it and they’re not getting it from their diet. Just adding a little barley grass to your dog’s daily diet can make a tremendous difference in his overall health.

Janie

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Monica September 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

What about wheat grass? Have had some growing in the yard and my two German Shepherds seemed to like it, but the plants have died out and I have yet to replace them. Also, which would be better…wheat grass they graze on outside or a powder form on thier food or in water?

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janie knetzer October 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi Monica:
Personally, I give my dogs barley grass in the powder form like you read in the article. I think the reason that dogs graze outside on wheat grass is due to the fact that they are missing the chlorophyll in their diet; however, the grass in their own back yard is really their only option, but not necessarily the best option. You’ll notice that dogs often throw up the grass they just grazed upon like the old wives tale says “dogs eat grass to throw up”.

Janie

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