The importance of magnesium for pets
Domestic pets develop more skin irritations these days because they are lacking in magnesium, in the same way as their human masters can develop eczema or psoriasis conditions. Immune defences become weaker as magnesium levels drop lower and this affects skin health. At the same time, they may be exposed to additives and chemicals in the food supply, particularly in packaged or canned pet foods. Magnesium for pets should be a priority these days.
Pets can also take on board the stresses felt by their masters, so make sure you are also supplementing with natural magnesium as part of your fresh food balanced diet.
It is important in the diet to avoid grains that may be in some commercial pet foods as a cheap filler because dogs and cats develop the wrong microbiome in the gut from such foods. They can produce excessive acidic by-products that react on the nervous system, producing skin inflammation, bad breath and muscle disorders. The importance of magnesium for pets cannot be overstated. Your furry friend can be a much better companion when they have ample magnesium. It helps to relax, recharge and recover.
Most of our testing and experience has been with dogs that are prone to eczema-type conditions. These are often skin conditions triggered by stress or chemicals and result in nervous system reactions in the skin. In the case of dogs, Elektra Magnesium Pet Cream rubbed into belly and any area with less fur so the skin can be contacted, helps to calm down the itch and provide relief for the dog. It’s also super relaxing. and provides an excellent source of magnesium for pets.
Magnesium is naturally anti-inflammatory AND the rich plant oils are soothing for skin. Elektra Magnesium Pet Cream is based on ‘Herbal’ Magnesium Cream but with extra neem oil. This means it also has good anti-microbial properties. The cream is made of all natural and organic ingredients and does not contain pretro-chemicals.
We have found that pets seem to ‘know’ it’s good for them and tend to leave the area alone after application. As the magnesium cream soothes and calms down the inflammation or itch, it is no longer tempting for the pet to provoke the area anymore, giving it a chance to heal.
Magnesium for dogs
It is recommended not to use harsh detergent soaps for bathing your pet. Choose a gentle wash for sensitive skin. A half a cup of magnesium flakes and a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate can provide a more soothing bath. This is a great way to deliver magnesium for pets because they can absorb magnesium transdermally like humans.
We also recommend a few of the magnesium flakes in your pet’s drinking water bowl every day. Everyone should be drinking electrolyte-charged water for better hydration! Oral magnesium via drinking water may not deliver enough magnesium by itself, so it’s a good idea to add magnesium chloride flakes to their bath for good measure. They love it too!
Magnesium for cats
Providing magnesium for pets helps calm a spooky temperament. Cats can become quite skittish when magnesium levels drop low. But they seem to bounce back quickly with a small amount magnesium in the drinking water. Just add a few flakes to their drinking water bowl, but not too much so as not to cause loose stool. Combine with a good fresh food diet of meat and fish for healthy with shiny coats. There is usually no need to rub on the magnesium cream for cats (and they wriggle too much anyway!).
Beware of chemicals
A lot of skin inflammations can be traced to chemicals in the environment, and/or not getting enough sunshine and fresh air. In this case extra magnesium can help boost the strength of the immune system to detox and repair, but it can help a lot more if you manage to avoid the chemicals. Magnesium for dogs, cats and horses also helps support the beneficial microbiome of the gut, which further strengthens the immune system.
Magnesium for calmer horses
Horses have also responded very well to Elektra Magnesium Pet Cream in the relief of itch and dry skin conditions. Many horse owners supplement their horse’s diet with magnesium by dissolving 1/2 to one cup of magnesium chloride flakes (food grade) and mixing it into their daily feeds. This has a wonderful calming effect on horses, as they are prone to high levels of stress and hyper-sensitivity if magnesium levels get too low. Horses can also suffer from horse diabetes and hoof laminitis as a result of prolonged magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is essential for bone health.
Unfortunately, as our soils are generally magnesium depleted, the green grasses that horse graze on are high in sugar, but low in magnesium. This can lead to acidosis and other degenerative diseases – as well as cranky temper!
Natural food grade magnesium chloride also contains 2% of other trace minerals, thereby delivering a package of minerals via mother nature. The amount supplemented in the feeds mimics what was naturally available in their traditional wild mountain environment diet which horses evolved from.
(More information about feeding methods and magnesium supplementation for horses is at www.magnesium4horses.com.au )