Doggie Detox Diet
The information in this article should not be considered medical advice and is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always consult your animal health practitioner before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed.
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"Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin."
Dog Food Allergies
Many dogs are having difficulties these days with allergies - most often diet related. The phone calls I receive on this subject alone have increased ten-fold in the last 2 years. Of course owners have nowhere to turn but their veterinarians. Unfortunately, most dogs are then put on a prescription diet and drugs (steroids) with very limited results. These dogs rarely ever look healthy and vibrant. Of course we worry too about long-term use of these drugs on our dogs overall health and longevity.
The detox diet below can be used short or long-term. It can also be time consuming to prepare. I often recommend this diet when weaning dogs off of prescription diets and medication which will usually take about 2 to 4 weeks. Then, you can keep your dog on it, if need be, or gradually switch to one of the prepared premium dog foods I recommend. You can even use both. The choice is yours. See our dog food recommendations below the recipe.
- Poultry (or lamb) and Rice Diet
- 1/2 pound organic poultry or lamb meat (raw weight), cooked (lamb may be lightly cooked and raw on the inside)
- 2 cups organic brown rice, long-grained, cooked (cook with organic, low sodium meat broth for flavor)
- 1 cup lightly cooked mashed organic vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, summer squash, and broccoli) Suggestion: Grate carrot and peas into rice when cooking
- 1 teaspoon Flax Oil (Boorleans)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Pure Bone meal
- Optional - 1/2 cup organic grated apple, raw carrot or 1/4 cup thawed frozen blueberries - add into rice during last 10 minutes of cooking.
Supports the caloric needs of a 50 pound dog. Adjust accordingly.
You may also use Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Lamb, Beef, Liver (once or twice a week OK), or Cottage Cheese for protein. (Organic of course)
It has been my experience that many dogs who have been allergy tested and have had a positive result to being allergic to chicken or beef, when fed organic, have had no problems. It could be that some dogs are sensitive to antibiotics and steroids. Who knows for sure? With organic, you are getting food sources free of these things as well as pesticides! So, don't skimp during detox - it is well worth it.
Things to know
Please understand that during detox your dog may look worse before he/she looks better. Flushing out your dog’s liver is a wonderful thing but for some time now it has been overtaxed. Changes will take place. Hang in there. However, if your dog begins excessively vomiting, has diarrhea for more than two days, stops drinking water, or experiences seizures, please consult your vet right away. These are highly unusual circumstances but you should be aware of them just the same.
After the Detox
As I stated previously, you can keep your dog on this diet, switch to a kibble or raw food diet, or do a little bit of both. While I do not normally recommend feeding any other diet with raw, with the detox diet you can mix as long as you undercook the poultry or lamb. Leaving it mostly raw will aid in digestion when mixed with a raw diet.
There are a few things to avoid when making the switch to a kibble diet. I never recommend you feed your dog anything but a premium, wheat-free, human-grade brand. The commercial brands you find in the pet stores will not usually fit the bill. My recommendations are the following:
- Flint River Ranch Lamb/Millet/Rice
- Flint River Ranch Trout and Sweet Potato
- Life's Abundance Premium Holistic Dog Food
Snacks and training treats should be wheat-free, preservative free and as organic or human-grade as possible. Believe or not, treats are often a major contributor to allergy flare-ups. A frozen, raw marrow bone is perhaps one of the best treats to give your puppy or power chewer. They can be found at any of the natural food store chains.