Learn more about Detoxing :
This is healing time for your dog and allows them to remove unwanted toxins from their body
When changing your dog over to the BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) they will begin a detoxification period, this can be quick with hardly any visual symptoms or it can last for several months and be a bit of a nightmare for you both.
In some cases these symptoms may not have been visible before you changed them over to BARF but you must remember your dog is ridding themselves of these unwanted chemical toxins.
Symptoms that show you your dog is detoxing!!
- Vomiting/Diarrhoea – A normal reaction but can be prevented (see our Quick changeover guide)
- Stronger smelling urine
- Increased Doggy odour
- Itchiness-this can also lead to sores from scratching
- Excessive tearing
- Smelly itchy ears
- Lethargy/sleeping more & for longer
As a result from feeding commercial “food” regular vaccinations, flea and worming treatments toxins build up and the above symptoms may appear, unfortunately the more they have received then potentially the more they will have stored, these toxins will then be released through their skin, eyes & ears.
This period can be disturbing and upsetting for both you and your dog but is a necessary evil to a path that leads to a healthier happier life; on the other hand it can be straight forward with no visible symptoms at all. What you need to realise is this will be the first opportunity they have had to fight off the toxins that have been building up in their body and as their immune system strengthens this could cause the toxins to be forced out at the same time!!
At this stage you must be strong and allow your dog to battle through these symptoms and fully detox,
The very worst thing you could do at this stage is to take them to a conventional vet, they do not need antibiotics, or steroids, they will just make things much harder for them in the long run, as they will have to detox from them too !!
Sometimes we can help ease these symptoms, but ultimately the detox needs to run its course.
You can use natural Aloe Vera washes regularly this will help sooth/cool their skin and remove any bacteria build up that’s causing the itching.
If you notice inflamed/irritated areas on their the skin, you can directly apply pure Grape Seed Oil by rubbing over the affected areas after washes, you can also use it to clean dirt that’s built up in their ears, simply apply a few drops, massage in then use a cotton pad to clean where you can reach, finish by applying some Aloe Vera Gel.
So what about unhealthy dogs that changeover to BARF, Dogs that really suffer with itchy skin/ear conditions or that are so unhealthy your vet prescribed steroids to get rid of the problem?
It seems to me that Steroids just seem to mask a problem – they don’t seem to actually cure it, they can remove the symptoms and so it appears your dog’s itchy skin/bad ear problem is suppressed, but this is a high cost to pay when you consider that the very treatment your vet prescribed to ‘cure’ their condition is not a ‘cure’ at all and has now compromised the dog’s immune system, which could leave the dog in a very vulnerable state.
When a dog like this is swapped to a raw diet, their body gets to work on removing the steroids (usually cortisone) from their system through this detoxification and now that this has been removed, it can no longer suppress the condition it was initially prescribed for….. and so the condition presents itself again, very often even more aggressively and the owner, by now is disillusioned with the raw diet and believes that the swap has made his dog sick again, gives up and immediately plonks the poor dog back on the very thing which caused all this in the first place – commercial food