Actually, Montmorillonite clay is used in human medicine as a sort of a catalyst to chelation therapy in heavy metal poisoning. It helps absorb and remove excess heavy metals much like activated charcoal is to neutralize and absorb organic poisons.
I guess it's added to think that it will help remove any heavy metal or inorganic toxins that the dog may encounter in the environment. Whether or not it is beneficial to dogs not suffering from acute heavy metal toxicity isn't really well known. It isn't toxic and it won't really hurt your dog.
Nature's Logic also includes it in their foods, a completely separate company from Nature's Variety.
Birds eat it. . .you can buy a block of it for your pet parrot. I guess wild macaws all congregate at the claylicks. Lots of minerals. Whether those minerals are bio-available for mammals, I don't know. But I don't think it's harmful.
It's not an ingredient I would go out of my way to try, or avoid. Honestly though, I do not feel the price of NVI is worth the kibble quality. It's a really good food and a food I felt comfortable feeding for a while, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing really special and I find it's marked up really high around here.
Proof of this? There is plenty of information out there about it's use in adsorption of heavy metals. Also, bentonite is NOT montmorillonite clay. Bentonite is composed of montmorillonite clay. Bentonite is sort of the raw material that you can purify down to montmorillonite. It's like saying digoxin is the same thing as foxglove. Taking digoxin will regulate an irregular heartbeat whereas chewing on foxglove will make you seriously ill or kill you.
I've actually never had probs with soft poops on any food, they have vomited on foods if they have corn/wheat/gluten or any other grain/meat by products, but never any cannon butt ... But I'm also careful about what I feed them so that doesn't happen (knocks on wood).
Also doesn't calcium & sodium also harden stool? Also can the dogs taste the clay? Does it make the food taste different? I'm going to get dog food today & was going to try NVI (the price doesn't bother me, as I rotate & don't feed a food "long" enough for the price to really get me.
"Actually it is not a significant difference. They are both Smectites. Most Smectite clays have Montmorillonite properties. The Montmorillonite name was actually given to a Smectite clay that was found in the Montmorillon area of France. Clays are often named after their location. Bentonite was originally named for Smectite clay found near Fort Benton Wyoming. Most Smectites are now referred to as Bentonites or Montmorillonites. Like Kleenex was the only tissue for so long that most everyone says, ‘Please hand me a Kleenex,’ instead of a tissue or by another brand name."
It sounds better when it might come from France rather than Wyoming.
Dude, it makes pretty poops. In industrial applications like sealing nuclear waste it is called Sodium Bentonite, same in the brick making business, Sodium Bentonite.
Note that I did not agree or disagree with you, just asked you to link to where you got your information. I am amused that your response to a simple request to cite your sources is "LOL." Quite the good little debater, aren't you?
And phenazopyridium was used for centuries and to this day as a very popular textile dye. It gives fabric a nice bright orange color. Know what else it does? It is the most safe, effective, and widely used urinary tract analgesic known to man.
Just because something has one seemingly meaningless purpose doesn't mean it also has properties that make it beneficial to human or animal health. Montmorillonite clay has demonstrated efficacy in adsorption of heavy metals. This is why it's included in the food. Whether it's necessary or effective in animal feed has yet to be studied but I still maintain that it is not harmful and cannot be ruled out as non-beneficial.
Is it okay for dogs to eat this? Dakota hasn't been eating her soft or hard dog food lately even if she hasn't had any treats through the day. i tried sprinkling Parmesan cheese on it and I've never seen her so interested in eating, she loves that stinky cheese!
Okay, so a couple of you know my dog Killian has quite a few allergies. He's allergic to grains, chicken and potatoes.
So, after doing a bit of research and asking around, I found zignature. They make their food with zero chicken and potatoes, and have three grain free choices.
Let's limit this thread to links and advice - especially for those of us who want to explore the possibilities of feeding raw. Let's start with the assumption that we all want whats best for our dogs and look at this as a possible option.
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