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Detox | Changes Dog Owners See After They Switch to Raw Dog Food

Changes Dog Owners See After They Switch to Raw Dog Food

A to Z Challenge – D – Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry

When we started feeding raw, we were warned about a period of detox where our dogs’ poop would be covered in mucus as the buildup in their digestive tract (from years of eating kibble) was purged.

This didn’t happen; or at least I didn’t notice it.  And I was all about checking consistency of their poop.

Rodrigo and Sydney were 3 when we transitioned them to raw dog food; Blue was only 1 years old.  Not a whole lot of detoxing was necessary for them.  Or was it?

When I was researching the switch to raw dog food, I learned that we could expect to see the following changes in our dogs…

  • Healthier skin
  • Shinier coat
  • Cleaner, whiter teeth
  • Smaller, less smelly poop (come back on A to Z Challenge – P for more on this one)
  • More energy

The dogs gain more energy as their bodies get rid of the junk; the detox.  Fellow raw feeders have shared about the poop changes and that their dogs started shedding like crazy.

We didn’t experience either of these examples with our dogs.

Update: I was reading blogs today and came across this cool smoothie recipe (healthy for humans AND dogs) over on You Did What with Your Weiner.

Detoxing When Using Topical Flea and Tick Treatment

We’re lucky; in the four years that we’ve had dogs, we’ve never experienced fleas.  This is due to a combination of topical flea and tick treatments (used 2-3 times a year) and Bright Eyes Pet Wellness flea and tick spray (all natural), used 1-3  times a week starting in the spring.  Update: Bright Eyes Pet Wellness is no longer available.  So if you know of a natural flea and tick spray – please let me know!!!

Here is information from Dr. Karen Becker sharing how to detox when you use flea and tick treatments: When a Chemical Preventive or Treatment is Unavoidable.

“If you’re faced with a situation in which you have no choice but to use a chemical pest preventive on your dog or cat, here are some ways you can reduce the danger, especially of spot-on products:

    • Follow dosing directions precisely. If your pet is at the low end of a dosage range, step down to the next lowest dosage. Be extremely cautious with small dogs and do not under any circumstances apply dog product to your cat.
    • Don’t depend exclusively on chemical treatments. Rotate natural preventives with chemical ones. An every other month rotation works well for many pet owners at my practice. Many of my clients are able to apply one round of chemicals in the spring and another in late summer and completely avoid infestation while dramatically reducing the frequency of chemicals used.
    • Monitor your pet closely for adverse reactions after you apply a chemical product – especially when using one for the first time.
    • Since your pet’s liver will be tasked with processing the chemicals that make it into the bloodstream, it can be very beneficial to give your dog or cat a supplement to help detoxify her liver. I recommend milk thistle, which is a detox agent and also helps to actually regenerate liver cells.

You can get milk thistle through your holistic vet, who should also guide you on how much to give your pet depending on age, weight and other prescribed medications. I recommend one dose daily for seven days following any flea, tick or heartworm application.

I also recommend chlorella, a super green food that is a very powerful detox agent. Your holistic vet should also advise you about how much chlorella to give your pet.

If you use both these cleansing products throughout the summer, you can help protect your pet’s liver from the toxic effects of chemical pest preventives.” ~ Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola Healthy Pets


Tomorrow is E for Easy

Yesterday was C for Cost of Raw


  1. Very interesting!

  2. I am trying a new all-natural, topical flea spray. I will let you know what I think of it. Thanks for mentioning my smoothie recipe too :)

  3. I too saw the smoothie recipe and clipped it so I can try it. Doodle dad and I are big smoothie people but I’ve never thought to share with the Boys – until now. I’m sure the detox period varies from dog to dog, but on average how long would you say it takes…

  4. Kayo’s poop is WAY smaller now that she’s on raw. It’s smaller, harder and much easier to pick up!

    Love the tips on flea preventative. I’m going to start using diatomaceous earth – just bought some a few days ago and I’m excited about it. Especially because I found the tick in my house I wanted something that could take care of ticks too.

    DE isn’t a long term preventative but it can be good with killing them on the spot. I’ve heard that it dries out some dogs’ skin, which is a problem Kayo had before raw so I’ll have to see if that happens.

  5. This is so interesting and I love how I am coming across sites like this for dogs in this challenge. I however have 2 cats and I need to find thoughtful bloggers like you that can help me with my cats. I still read these however because I have always had dogs up until recently and plan to eventually get another one. thanks for the tips Teresa visiting from the following sites Fangirl Next Door, Quackin Over Disney, Stormy’s Sidekick Geek On!

  6. I cannot really say I saw a detox in my dogs, only improvement. Faolan was nine months old when we got him, gangly as all get out, and had a thin, rough coat. Neeko and Bruce were 1 and 1.5, and never had a “detox” period either. Some swear it exists, I just didn’t see it. Thanks for the flea and tick tips!

  7. I have fed my dog raw food for about 6 years now. I adopted her about 10 years ago. Probably about 15 y.o. now. Very healthy. I use a product on my dog that is safe to use for flies, mosquito’s and fleas.
    See it here

    • Thanks for sharing, Larry :)


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