Learn more about Detoxing :
This is healing time for your dog and allows them to remove unwanted chemicals and toxins from their body
When changing your dog over to their SARF diet (Species 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 can honestly be a nightmare for you both, it is however necessary and means that they are on the road to recovery. The level of detoxing also depends on the age of the dog and how many toxins have entered the body.
Detoxification is not a system of treatment or a way to remove symptoms; it is a system of curing by addressing the cause of the disease. It involves the understanding that the body is the healer, and that energy is at the core of healing. It also sheds light on the true cause of disease— the destruction of energy. Energy or the destruction of energy results from what we eat, drink, breathe, put on our skin, and from what we think and feel. These are the six ways we either make ourselves healthy and vital, or sick and weak. Naturopathy is the purest form of healing. There is no magic or mystery to health or disease. Disease is a natural process! When we understand how the body works, and what causes the tissues in the body to fail, we will then understand what causes disease symptoms, and how to reverse it.
-Robert Morse, ND
In some cases your dog may have appeared healthy without any real symptoms or any visible issues, before you changed them over to their SARF diet, but you must know and remember that 75-80% of health comes directly from a SARF diet, this is due to that fact that 75-80% of the immune system resides in the gut, the immune system is what protects the body against virus and bacteria, it also cleanses and heals the body too. A major part of the immune system is also the Lymphatic system, which consists of lymph, lymph vessels, lymph nodes and some organs, it plays an integral role in the immune functions of the body, it is the first line of defence against disease, this network of vessels and nodes transports and filters fluid containing antibodies and lymphocytes, it is a fluid system that is around 6 times the size of the blood network, this lymph system is drained via the liver, kidneys and colon but when the system has been or is compromised or overburdened with toxins, or if the body is regenerating from detoxing it will use the skin, which is the biggest organ filter and often referred to as the third kidney to remove unwanted, unneeded and unnecessary toxins along with old, damaged or diseased cells. So remember your dog is in a process of cleansing and ultimately healing.
Most health care systems today, including allopathic, naturopathic and homeopathic medicine are treatment-based modalities. Treating symptoms never cures the “causes.” Until a genuine cure has been effected, there will always be suffering in some form. The alternative to treatment is True Naturopathy (detoxification) a little known science of nature that has been used for hundreds of years, by hundreds of thousands of people and animals worldwide. It has restored health and vitality to their physical, emotional and mental bodies. Detoxification encompasses the sciences of chemistry, biochemistry, botanical science and physics, and has always been at the heart of true healing. For that reason, detoxification should be at the heart of natural medicine today, but has been forgotten in our modern world of “treatment.”
_ Robert Morse, ND
When changing an adult dog over to their SARF diet (older than 17 months), we always advise a fasting/detoxing period of around 24 to 36 hrs, so no food or treats during this time, however you need to ensure that your dog has plenty of fresh water (filtered if possible) the reason for this is due to the fact that around 80% of the body is made up of water, so the quality of water we provide is also very important and will help flush/cleanse the body/lymphatic system of a large amount of these toxins, this quick detox very often prevents and makes it less likely that they suffer from the below detox symptoms.
Symptoms That Show Your Dog May Be Detoxing!!
Mild Cleansing Effects
1: Coughing, with or without discharge.
2: Low fevers.
3: Clear or yellow Mucus discharge from the nose, throat (lungs, bronchi, etc.;Mucus may include blood)
4: Aches and pains (this may appear as stiffness or discomfort)
5: Mucus in Fecal matter.
6: Mucus in urine or stronger smelling urine.
7: loss of energy/lethargy.
8: Rashes and itching.
9: Minor Blood in Urine
Moderate Cleansing Effects:
- Vomiting/Diarrhoea – (green, bloody, mucus) – A normal reaction but can sometimes be prevented (see our Quick change over guide)
- Increased Doggy odour.
- Excessive Itching, leading to sores from scratching.
- Dry skin/dandruff
- Excessive tearing
- Smelly itchy ears
- Lethargy/sleeping more/Chronic fatigue.
- heavy discharge from the Kidneys (urine colour changes to brown, orange or dark yellow)
- Oozing of innumerable substances from the skin.
- heavy mucus discharge from the eyes/ears.
- High fever.
- Skin splitting where heavy toxins are present.
Severe Cleansing Effects:
1: Heavy black discharge from the bowels with diarrhoea
2: Excessive weight loss (this can result when a pancreatic weakness exists)
3: Tumors popping out around the body.
As a result from feeding commercial “food” and regular vaccination, 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 much healthier happier life; on the other hand it can be straight forward with no visible symptoms at all. What you need to understand, is this will be the first opportunity their body/immune system has had to fight off the toxins that have been building up in their body and as their immune system strengthens this will 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 !!
What To Avoid During A Healing Crisis:
The moderate to severe detox symptoms are also referred to as a “healing crisis” in these extreme cases it’s important to remember the following.
1: Ensure you keep your dog hydrated, this is equally important as large intakes of water will help the body flush any toxins. It’s also strongly recommended to use filtered water as already mentioned the quality of water is important as around 80% of the body is made up of water.
2: Don’t over do it if your dog is showing signs of a “healing crisis” (although exercise is good for getting the lymphatic system moving) the body/immune system needs all the energy it can get to cleanse and heal the body.
3: Avoid Herbicides and Pesticides (for me this is a must regardless of a healing crisis or not, these chemicals cause major disruption to a body)
4: Pushing the healing too far, In some cases the detox can be unbearable for both your dog and you, if necessary you can slow down the healing process by feeding some cooked meat, This should lower the systemic energy levels and reduce the intense cleansing, but as soon as you can resume with the cleansing program.
Sometimes we can help ease these symptoms, but ultimately the detox needs to run it’s course.
You can use a number of natural topical products to help with soothing the skin, from washes/gels 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 or Colloidal Silver by rubbing over the affected areas after once cleaned, 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. We also have a natural supplement called Fulvic Acid which helps strengthen the immune system and can help speed up the detox by helping remove toxins.
So what about unhealthy dogs that changeover to SARF, 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 species specific 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