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 a necessary evil and means that they are on the road of recovery.
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 twice 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 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, so remember your dog is in a process of cleansing and ultimately healing.
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 because 60% of their body is made up of water, so 60% of any unwanted chemicals and toxins are going to be in their water system, the fresh filtered water will help flush/cleanse the body of a large amount of these toxins, making it less likely of them suffering from the below visual symptoms.
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” 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 has 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 it’s course.
You can use natural Aloe Vera 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 product called Fulvic Acid which helps strengthen the immune system and can help speed up the detox.
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