Doggie Detox Diet

Getting your dog's system reset can often make the difference!

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Dog Food Allergies

Many dogs are having difficulties these days with allergies - most often diet related. The detox diet below can be used short or long-term.

The Doggie Detox Diet

Proper Weight

 As with humans, obesity can lead to other diseases in dogs including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Ligament Injury
  • Heart Disease
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Cancer

Doggie Detox DietI often recommend this diet  for dogs that have been suffering from food related allergies and when weaning dogs off of medications. Transitioning will usually take about 2 to 4 weeks. You can choose keep your dog on it, if desired, or you can slowly switch to one of the premium dog foods I recommend on this site. You can even use both! I also have an article about vaccinations and what I consider the over-vaccination of our pets. Please consider reading this as I believe it makes a huge difference to the health of our pets.

Detox Recipe

Optional - 1/2 cup organic grated apple, raw carrot or 1/4 cup thawed frozen blueberries - add into rice during last 10 minutes of cooking.  Supports the caloric needs of a 50 pound dog. Adjust accordingly. You may also use Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Lamb, Beef, Liver (once or twice a week), or Cottage Cheese for protein.

Why Organic

It has been my experience that many dogs who have been allergy tested and have had a positive result to being allergic to chicken or beef, when fed organic, rarely have 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.

Things to know

Please understand that during detox your dog may look worse before he/she looks better. Flushing out your dog’s liver is a wonderful thing but for some time now it has been overtaxed. Changes will take place. Hang in there. 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.

After the Detox

As I stated previously, 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.

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 should be wheat-free, preservative free and as organic or human-grade as possible. Believe or not, treats are often a major contributor to allergy flare-ups. A frozen, raw marrow bone is perhaps one of the best treats to give your puppy or power chewer. They can be found at any of the natural food store chains.  I highly recommend Etta Says! Treats.