Is That Normal?!
Many pets immediately take to their new, raw meals with no issue. But some pets, especially dogs if they are older and have been eating kibble for a while, might go through a temporary detoxification period. 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 their 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 prolonged diarrhea.
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.
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
Always have fresh filtered water available for your pet, as this may help speed up the process. As always we are here to help if you have any questions or concerns.
For more information about transitioning your pet, please click here.