Bentonite Clay Benefits – Natural Dog Detox

Have you ever seen a dog scratching around in the ground? Maybe even eating dirt? Well did you known that the mud they are enjoying can help heal dogs from many illnesses and ailments?

Bentonite clay has many health benefits for your dog and it’s a natural detox treatment for you pet.

Clay has been known as one of natures miraculous healers and in recorded human history it has a long list of therapeutic uses. There are many types of clay but the most common one for home treatments is Bentonite Clay which also is the top recommended natural liver detox you can use for your pets…and for you!

Therapeutic Clays

Clays come in different colors and structure…with white and green clays used mainly for internal cleansing and red, brown, blue, and yellow clays are used externally. The color of the clay is based on their nutrient and mineral composition

One benefit of using clay is that they can be used in harmony with other forms of treatment. Healing clays are effective and inexpensive. Humans and animals have used healing clays to maintain well-being and as a top self-care treatment.

How Does Clay Work

Clay works to correct imbalances in the body through absorption and adsorption. ABSORPTION is defined as how fast the clay gets saturated. ADSORPTION measures how well it binds or holds onto other substances.

Much of this happens behind the scenes at a micro level. Clay holds a negative charge…while toxins, viruses, harmful bacteria, and parasites are positively charged. The effectiveness of clay comes from being able to pull those positively charged particles out of the bloodstream and eliminate them through the kidneys and bowels.

There are numerous reports of dog evolution involving clay-eating to offset exposure to environmental toxins and to help recover from illnesses. They do this on their own. Like Diatomaceous Earth treatment for fleas and ticks this is an all-natural organic substance.

Bentonite Clay

This type of clay can be used for internal and external treatment options.

Bentonite clay is made up of mainly volcanic ash and it is known worldwide for it is ability to draw out toxins from the body. Native American tribes call bentonite clay “Ea-Wah-Kee” which means “the mud that heals”.

Here are some the benefits of Bentonite Clay for your dog.

  • Supports normal liver function – neutralizes harmful toxins by eliminating them from the body and replacing the toxins with it is own minerals.
  • Gastrointestinal health – Balances gut bacteria. Clay helps with occasional watery stools or distress from vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, bloating and gas
  • Eliminates internal parasites, fluids, gases, toxins and heavy metals.
  • Alkalizes the body which can remedy acid re flux. Balances your dogs pH
  • Boosts Immunity in the body supporting normal inflammatory responses. Shown to help with Salmonella, E.Coli, and MRSA bacteria.
  • Speeds up healing wounds – stops bleeding in minor wounds, lessens scab formation, and reduces wound itchiness during healing.
  • Improves oral health -Can be used as a toothpaste for doggy oral care.
  • Helps skin irritations such as hot spots, insect bites, rashes, and eczema.

How To Use Healing Bentonite Clay With Your Dog

Never let clay come in contact with metal. It will lose much of it is effectiveness.

Use glass or wooden containers and utensils. Store your clay in glass containers so it stays sterile for first aid use.

  • Use ONLY spring or pure filtered water.
  • Withhold food from your dog for at least 2 hours after giving an internal clay treatment.
  • Wait 2 hours after giving your dog clay before giving any herbs or medications.
  • Clay can be used daily until your dog is healed. Discontinue use if no improvement is seen in your dog.

Internal Clay Dosage Cheat Sheet For Dogs

Bentonite clay does wonder to treat Internal issues such as parasites, worms, digestive issues, and detoxification.

As a detox it is a fantastic way to help remove radiation from the body after cancer treatments.

Here what you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 4 oz cool spring water (or purified water) for each teaspoon of clay
  • Mix the correct ratio of clay to water -so that is (1) teaspoon of clay to (4) ozs of water.
  • Let this slurry sit for a few hours– but it is better let it stand overnight
  • Give to your dog with a small amount of wet food on an empty stomach
  • Wait two hours to feed full morning meal
  • Make sure your dog has access to unlimited fresh water.

Give 1/4 tsp clay for each 20 lbs of weight. So when you mix 1 teaspoon of clay to 4 oz water as described above…you would give your dog (1) oz of the mix slurry for every 20 pounds your dog weighs.

You can buy a good premixed Bentonite clay detox if you don’t want to go through these steps- here’s a good one: Wondercide Bentonite Clay Ultra-Pure Natural Detox For Dogs

This treatment applies to both humans and dogs.

Side effects can occur because using clay internally can cause rapid detox. The result can be constipation or diarrhea.

Start slow- remember you are introducing something new to your dogs body. Just because it is healthy doesn’t mean they are ready for too much. If this should occur, ease up on the amount of clay you are using and work your way up to the specified amount.

Use A Clay Poultice for External Treatment

Poultices are used external treatments, insect bites, minor cuts, bacterial infections of the skin.

Poultices are little portions of clay wrapped in clean cotton or muslin.


  • 1/2 lb pure green clay
  • 1/4 cup cool spring water (or pure filtered)
  • Sterile cotton or muslin (unbleached)
  • Make a thick paste by mixing clay with just enough water.
  • Spread a layer of paste on the center of the muslin. Remember NO metal utensils,,,so use a wooden spoon. Use a good sized glob at least (1) inch thick and make it larger than the treatment area
  • Apply the poultice clay side down and leave it. When the clay pulls away from the skin treatment is finished
  • You can repeat this once a day until healed

Bentonite Clay Works!

Bentonite clay is a wonderful natural healing treatment option to keep in you pet first aid kit. It supports gastrointestinal health, helps wounds heal and fights infection externally, detoxes your dogs body, put your dogs pH back in balance, boosts immunity and eliminates parasites. Best of all it’s effective, all natural, and inexpensive!

Feel free to drop me a note below in the comment section with questions or a personal experience with Bentonite clay.

37 Comments on “Bentonite Clay Benefits – Natural Dog Detox”

  1. So now I know why our dogs love the sand so much and typically love to roll in it just after we have given them a bath. 

    The must know subconsciously that it is good for them. I guess for the same reasons that we go to spas to be covered by clay to detox the body. 

    This is the first time that I have read that you can actually buy special clay for your dogs. Times are changing. 

    1. Yes, dogs (and most animals) are far more in tune with the environment and natural remedies.  Before I started using Bentonite clay with my dogs…my Dachshund would eat red clay from a patch of ground by my rain barrel when he had tummy problems.  Now that I know it rebalances their pH and helps digestive issues and cleans out parasites I’m happy I have them on a maintenance schedule.  it doesn’t take much and you don’t need to do this every day.

  2. Wow, that’s really interesting! I never knew that clay, especially bentonite clay is very therapeutic for dogs. Sometimes I had always wondered why some dogs would roll around in the mud or in some cases eat dirt, but thanks to your article I now understand why. I will certainly share this article with my closest friends as their dogs can definitely benefit from this. I will make sure to tell them to never let clay touch metal when using this for their dogs. How long have you used bentonite clay for your dogs?

    1. Clay has been used throughout recorded human history…and now its detox power is being re-discovered again by the mainstream…as a matter of fact people pay big bucks for clay/mud treatments in high-end spas.

      And yes…using a metal pot or utensils working with clay for any use (for pets or people) will change the electrical charge in the substance and it will lose much of its ability to attract those toxins, heavy metals, and bad bacteria.

      I’ve been using clay in my dogs for a couple of months as part of my health maintenance plan.  I’m a believer!

  3. Oh, is that just adorable. I’m imagining my dog covered with clay, that’s gonna be so amusing! Never cross my mind that clay can work on dogs just like humans. I have certainly heard of it’s detox capability but only aware of the external application. 

    When do you think I should consider using clay on my dog? Is it only reserved for treatment of issues or is it a good practice to regularly detox my dog with it? Will there be side effects and can it be over-done? I guess I’ll have to do much more research before applying that.

    Thanks for the idea and sharing this.

    1. I have started using clay internally with my dogs for the past couple of months.  It’s part of my maintenance to help their immune system stay strong and to fight of parasites.  I put one dose per week their food and also use DE (diatomaceous earth) internally once a week also (in addition to dusting them with DE for tick/flea control).

      As with anything (good or bad) you can overdo it.  When you introduce something new internally that they are not used to there is a slight chance of vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.  Not as severe as say….suddenly changing your dogs food and diet…but still there is a small chance.  Starting slow and using common sense should keep things in check.

  4. Great to hear this clay helps with parasites! Often we hear about chemical treatments which are unhealthy for the dogs. So I’m glad there is a natural product for this and a lot of other issues.

    Never heard of it before, but I’m going to try this out. Thanks for the tips on storage and such!

  5. A most interesting post, Tim.  The benefits of therapeutic clay has always been a mystery to me.  A friend (human) swore by it and seemed to benefit from its internal as well as external use so I can see where it could be a help for animals as well.  

    The one thing my friend always emphasized was not overdoing it.  Mud is…well, MUD.  Overuse can lead to things like constipation or worse.  Not so good.

  6. Tim, I love this!  For some reason, I never really thought about using bentonite clay on the dogs.  I’ve tried it for personal uses, especially on skin, but for the 4 legged kiddos….can’t say that I have.  Very interesting.  I sincerely believe that our pets know better than we do regarding what to do with the natural resources around us.  Their instincts are unbelievable. 

    A family member has a yellow lab with the classic joint issues they so often are prone to.  I wonder if this would really help her with pain levels?

    By the way, Diatomaceous Earth is wonderful stuff.  Our cat is allergic to commercial flea treatment products (she goes bald on most of her body!), and we began sprinkling some of that, it works!

    You’ve done an amazing job outlining this information.  It’s helpful, insightful and well thought out.  I’ll definitely be keeping bentonite clay in mind for our kiddos.  Thank you!

    1. Thanks for checking out this article….bentonite clay is one of those hidden gems that often gets pushed aside in conventional medicine.  But if you can find and use things like this and DE you can help keep your dogs body in balance.  

      As for pain for your friends lab…clay treatment probably won’t do to much for relief.  They would benefit from exploring CBD oil for the pain management.  There are a few natural items that assist with pain relief that are non-toxic…including cayenne, turmeric, ginger, aloe, alfalfa, feverfew.  A turmeric supplement is especially good because of the anti-inflammatory aspects for arthritis and joint pain.

  7. Wow what a really interesting and informative article. I had no idea that was the reason dogs liked dirt so much. I am really into natural care so that was a very good article. Thanks for going into such great detail on how to use it properly for your dogs health. Keep up the good work

  8. I had no idea clay could balance out a dog’s pH. What’s insane is that, somehow, dogs DO know! I used to think my dog was going nuts when he’d start to eat the red clay we have at our park, but then I noticed he was doing it only when his stomach was a little upset. Great informative post and what a great site you have. I can feel the love in each article. Nicely done!

    1. Hey Eric,

      I appreciate you spending time checking out the articles…thank you so much for your support.   You hit the nail on the head….animals are far more in tune with their own bodies and the environment.  We (people in general) often miss or ignore simple cues in nature that show us the truth about vibrant living.   Thanks again friend!

  9. This is really interesting. Many times I found my dog in mud by I did not know that it can have healing properties. I never heard about Bentonite Clay but now I see that I must have one for my dog. I want primarily to buy it because of better oral health. How much per day should I use it for teeth?

    1. Dog dental care is a bit if a challenge.  Often it’s best to start with a dog toothpaste because its formulated for them to like the taste.  That way you can let them lick it first -get to know it- and work your way up to the next steps.  Mixing clay as a paste means just enough water to a few teaspoons of clay but it’s bland and quite uninspiring for your dog.  if they already let you touch his teeth and massage his gums with your finger you are on your way.

      Here’s a great article on dog tooth brushing strategies from the American Kennel Club.   Good luck!

  10. No I didn’t know that clay was good for our pets! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this enlightening post of very valuable information to help us understand our pets a lot better and why they behave the way they do – especially in a mud-bath!

    One question I have for you though, I find that my cross-Labrador-bordercollie is constantly eating the gooses faeces and it makes my stomach churn.  Is there a reason that the dog keeps on doing this all the time?  Is there a deficiency in his diet that causes him to find what he’s lacking?

    Your candid and sound advice would help greatly!  Looking forward to your reply.


    1. Dogs are notorious for eating the poop of other animals.  I have to say though that dogs LOVE goose poop.  Many researchers think animals eat the feces of other animals that have access to food sources (and the result of nutrients and minerals out the other end) that are unavailable to them in their normal diet.

      No super big health risk but that behavior can turn into a really bad habit. And it’s an unpleasant thing to watch….and NO kisses after that!

      Also geese, like all animals, can carry parasites and particularly Giardia   This common parasite is usually species specific so even if your dog is exposed to it…very little chance of ill-effects.

  11. Great info, i knew bentonite was good, but hadn’t thought about it much for pets. In your experience, how much difference is there in using bentonite vs. diotemaceous for the various conditions you mentioned? My friends dog, who is pretty much my dog too, is very itchy and allergic to something but they havent been able to figure out the source of the problem. Do you think bentonite could help control the symptoms even if it didn’t cure the problem? Thanks!

    1. Hi Olivia- Yes Bentonite Clay is an awesome itch relief treatment. It sounds like your friend’s dog doesn’t have an official diagnosis from a vet so it could be a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis or as you guys suspect…it may be allergy related. You can try a clay bath….basically bath water with some powdered clay mixed in. You can also use a topical clay mixture treatment on itchy spots….it provides immediate relief from itching caused by eczema and psoriasis.

  12. I saw your dog website and had to check it out as I too, have a website dedicated to dogs 🙂 I found your article about Clay really interesting! I had never thought about the extended healing properties of clay. I know as humans like to use it on her face as a mask for healing and soothing but for some reason I never thought about it past that application. You say it can be used to balance intestinal bacteria and perhaps help with diarrhea…. I have a cat that has irritable bowel disease and am wondering if you think this could be beneficial for him as well? Have you read about any applications of clay with cats? Thank you so much for the really interesting info! Taught me something I didn’t know 🙂

  13. Wow! This is something really new for me. I have never heard of such clay thing which can benefit dogs to heal illness. This is awesome because dogs do love scratching and playing in clay stuff. This Bentonite Clay sounds awesome with lots of benefits in it. I think I should get one of these for my friend’s dog. Thank you for the article.

  14. I am so happy I came across this post.

    Our dog, really, digs holes everywhere,and he already got sick by this.

    We know it is so unhealthy and we tried to learn it off, but we can’t. So we were looking for a solution to protect him.

    This clay seems to come in handy, because it protects him it seems.

    One question, does it smells bad or hard?

    1. Bentonite clay comes in a powder that you mix when you need it…or it comes premixed.  Getting food grade clay insures there are no impurities.  The clay itself does not smell and it does not spoil since it is already millions of years old already.  Good Luck!

  15. Hi Tim,

    Great article! I really enjoyed the reading!

    I have two big dogs and to be honest, I have never heard of Clay before. I found the article really interesting. I am going to try Clay. But as it is the first time, I don’t know how to use it. Is it clearly explained on the direction that comes with the product? How many times per week can I apply Clay on my dogs? Is there a video online that I can watch? 

    Sorry for all these question, but I am curious about it:)

    Thank you for this excellent post!

  16. I had no idea that clay was beneficial.  I just assumed it was more dirt and mud to play in and track through the house.

    I do notice my newest puppy likes to get in there and eat dirt and clay.  I wonder if she has an imbalance or other issue.  I’ll have to try a little Bentonite clay and see if it makes a difference.  I’ll probably start with a smaller dose off the bat and work up as I don’t want to cause any side effects.  I think ramping up vs easing up from a larger dose might work better for us.

    I didn’t even realize there were commercial packages ready for purchase.  I suppose such things your vet won’t tell you as, from their perspective, pharma is where it’s at.

    Thanks again for letting me know of this.

  17. Great article.  We have a 13 month old Boxer who is pretty healthy from all we can tell.  He is a raw fed dog, but not a morning eater.  He typically won’t eat until around 11 in the morning even thought he gets up at 7.

    We tried him on this bentonite clay last year and he absolutely hates it.  Won’t touch it.  We tried, but no luck.

    Oh well, glad to see a post on it. 🙂

  18. This is so useful! I have had dogs all my life but never knew about the advantages of clay and how it benefits a dogs health. 

    I think my dog could benefits from trying Bentonite Clay but I think I would prefer to use the premix clay incase I get the measurements wrong.

    My dog loves to roll around in his back as soon as he’s off the lead, perhaps he’s doing this for a reason instead of me thinking it’s because he wants to get dirty! 

    I’ve booked marked your page will be back to buy! 

  19. Never even knew there were detox products for dogs. Very eye opening indeed, as my or my girlfriends dog approaches 10 years old and really looking her age I feel these products Bentonite clay may be of great benefit. Everyone wants their dog to live a happy life and you never want them to suffer. I’m just wondering if it may be beneficial in their later years and also is the clay designed for all types of dog? My girlfriends dog is an alsation.

    1. Bentonite Clay is a great maintenance treatment for all Horses, Dogs (including your girlfriends Shepherd) , and Cats: 

      Actively Supports Intestinal Health | Neutralizes AciditySupports the body’s normal process of detoxificationNaturally absorbent and extremely gentle on the system.

      So even if your pet isn’t suffering from illness or disease…this helps keep the body in balance to it function properly and protect itself

  20. Hi Tim,

    I have never tried bentonite clay for myself or my dog.  I really enjoyed reading your post and find it very informative. You mention the clay can eliminate intestinal worms in your dog.  Is it effective for all intestinal worms?  Does it have the same effect as the normal de-wormer you get for dogs?

    De-worming pills are very expensive and I am open for a cheaper alternative.  I also have 2 cats.  Can you use the clay with your cats as well?  I know cats are very different form dogs and what you give your dog is not always that good for your cat.

    Thanks for a great article!

    1. Hey Rika,   Great questions….Dogs and Cats benefit when taken internally….Bentonite clay gently removes parasites from the intestinal tract and safely eliminates them through the bowels.    Super way to avoid the use of harmful chemicals or medications.  Diatomaceous Earth is another all-natural treatment for worms and external parasite such as fleas and ticks

      Back to clay for a minute….the clay also cleanses the digestive tract absorbing bad bacteria, viruses and fungi, which allows the animal to better absorb nutrients from its diet. 

      This detoxifying action helps your pets liver and kidneys function properly.  Since the liver’s job is to detox the body and the kidneys filter the blood its easy for them to become overloaded with toxins.

      Luxolite is a great option and is easy to use since it is premixed (just mix with wet food.  Dosage is same for cats or dogs.  For every 10 lbs of animal give 1/2 teaspoon daily.   

  21. Hey Tim, people really love their pets.  Often I find my friends treat them better than they treat their kids LOL.  A friend who has multiple dogs is the ultimate dog health explorer.  She has traveled far and wide to improve the health of “her babies”.  I will happily pass your information and your site to her.  She hasn’t mentioned the clay before, so I don’t think she knows about it.

    Thanx Again for Sharing,  Tu

  22. This article is so informative. We have a golden and he is having issues with his fur. Last winter, during the cold of winter he lost his under coat and also he seems to be getting some dry skin patches on his belly too.The most strange thing. 

    During the year I have been giving him a supplement of fish oils in his food. Do you think that this clay treatment would help with these symptoms better or in addition to the oils? 

    1. Skin conditions are tricky in dogs as they could be from a wide range of conditions from allergies or parasites to something more serious like Cushing’s Disease.   Having your vet diagnose the the problem will help you track down a solution.

      Bentonite is used by many pet parents to help promote healthy skin for your dog. Clay supports normal detoxification in dogs and cats.  It also stimulates cellular revitalization and can help heal subsurface issues that can cause skin conditions like itchiness, hot spots and more.

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