Getting Unsick: Detoxification during Transition

For most dogs and cats, transitioning to raw pet food is simple and easy. For some, especially older dogs and dogs who have been kibble-fed for several years, the transition includes a detox process accompanied with mild changes to digestion. This is because their body is purging itself of natural toxins. This is completely normal and symptoms should resolve themselves in just a week or two.

One of the main symptoms you might experience is changes in your pet’s poop. Raw-fed dogs and cats have smaller, firmer poop because your pet is absorbing more nutrients from their food. It is normal to have some variation in consistency. However, you should consult with your vet if they experience diarrhea lasting more than a few days.

You may also occasionally see a mucus-like film around your pet’s poop while they are transitioning to their new diet. This too is normal and is evidence that your pet’s body is naturally cleansing itself of toxins that have built up over time. Again, this should resolve itself within a few days, but check in with your vet if it persists for more than a week or two. 

Some other things you might experience as your pet becomes “unsick” are:

  • Excess shedding
  • Dry skin
  • Runny eyes
  • Chronic or periodic skin conditions may briefly worsen

But again, these symptoms typically only last a few days and resolve themselves. Always have fresh filtered water available for your pet, as this may help speed up the detox process. As always we are here to help if you have any questions or concerns. 

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