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.
"Detoxification is a normal bodily process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin."
It is important to understand that during detox your dog may look worse before she looks better. Flushing out your dog’s liver is a extremely vital to the process because for quite a while it has been challenged. Positive changes will take place so ~ stay focused.
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.
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. Supplements can be added but just make sure they are natural and organic if possible.
Keep things simple and only add one thing at a time so if your dog has any negative reaction you can pinpoint when it starts.
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:
Note: Snacks and training treats are more often than not a huge culprit when your dog has experienced food-related allergies. ALL snacks should be wheat-free, preservative free and as organic or human-grade as possible. A frozen, raw marrow bone is perhaps one of the best treats to give your puppy or power chewer. Freez-dried liver treats are also an excellent choice. They can be found at any of the natural food store chains.
My experience has been 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.
However, my suggestion for detox is to use an organic meat protein that your dog has never been fed. Venison, lamb, duck and rabbit are all excellent choices.
Lamb (Venison, Rabbit or Veal) and Rice Diet
Supports the caloric needs of a 50 pound dog. Adjust accordingly. You may also use Chicken liver, Turkey, Eggs, Lamb, Beef Liver and add Cottage Cheese for protein. (Organic of course).
I also like to add frozen smelt into the bowl once or twice a week for an added treat!
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