When switching your dog or cat to a more healthy, natural fresh food diet, some pets may experience a detoxification process.
This condition may be a bit unnerving – you may see mucus coating your pet’s stool, excess shedding, dry skin, runny eyes, or other symptoms. It is important to know that these symptoms are not signs of an illness, in fact, they are actually signs that your dog is getting “unsick” of all the toxins that have been building up in his body over the years.
During detoxification, your pet’s body is substituting healing from the inside out, which means that the symptoms of this procedure may continue for anywhere from a week to several months, until the detoxification phase is over. You may be able to speed up the process with increased exercise, and by having plenty of fresh water available.
It is also important to bathe your pet weekly or even more often if the skin is badly infected. Bathing is a good way to clean the skin and wash the toxins away. Use a mild, gentle shampoo and remember to rinse very well.
It is also important to know that if your pet has been on any long-term prescriptions or has been taking antibiotics or steroids, the detoxification process will take longer. You should always consult with your veterinarian if you believe your dog is manifesting severe problems connected to the diet change.