Stool – Changes to Expect 

An improvement in the smell and decrease in the size of your pet’s stool will be one of the first welcome changes that you will notice when you put your dog on a raw dog food diet. Stools from fresh-food fed dogs tend to be smaller and firmer, as the dog is absorbing more nutrient from it’s food. 

Some dogs will strain slightly at the hard stools. This is OK, and even beneficial, as the harder stools help the dog express its anal glands, reducing the likelihood of infection. 

At times you will occasionally see some consistency variations in the stool. This is also OK, although you should consult with your veterinarian if your dog experiences prolonged diarrhea (soft stool is not diarrhea). 

During the transition between kibble and raw food you might also see a sort of film formed around the stool. This is normal as well and is an outward sign that your dog’s body is removing all the harmful toxins, a sign of the detoxification process. 

Detoxification – What it Means 
When switching your dog to a more healthy, natural fresh food diet, some dogs – especially older ones who have been eating kibble for a long time – may experience a detoxification process. 

This condition may be a bit unnerving – you may see mucus coating your dog’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 dog’s body is substituting new cells for the old ones, 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 filtered water available. 

It is also important to know that if your dog 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. 

Dogs Who Have Existing Health Problems 

If your dog suffers from digestive disorders or a sensitive stomach, there are supplements that can be added to the diet before and during the change in diet. You should continue to include these supplements in your pet’s diet for up to 6 weeks after beginning the new diet routine. 

Supplements that contain digestive enzymes will help your dog to digest foods easier and absorb nutrients faster. This is an important part of the process when you change from kibble to a raw, fresh diet as your dog’s system will need some time to adjust to the enzymes that are required in order to digest the new raw foods. 

The digestive system maintains it’s health with the help of good bacteria, known as probiotics, which live in the digestive area and offset the bad bacteria present in your dog’s system. 

Prebiotics provide food for resident microflora. A small dose will provide resident bacteria with the food they need to flourish. 

Adding kefir or yoghurt to your dog’s meal can be a source for some probiotics – provided your dog tolerates dairy products well. Many dogs that have problems tolerating cow dairy products will be able to tolerate goat dairy products much easier, which also offer a wider spectrum of good bacteria. 

If your pet is prone to vomiting immediately after a meal or experiences various digestive upsets should be stopped from gulping their food down too quickly. Slow them down by placing a clean rock or other object in the middle of their food bowl or plate so the food is spread out. 

You may need to give your dog more time to get used to the new raw food diet if they are having bouts of constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting.  Giving your dog some cooked pumpkin, either fresh or canned, along with their other food, will help this issue. Use 1-2 tablespoons per cup of food. Pumpkin is one of those miracle foods that can help with constipation and loose stools by regulating your dog’s system. 

Advantages Of Opting For Raw Dog Food

We all know that animals have been able to survive with a diet based on raw food for ages. However, people do not really think that is the right kind of diet to feed their pets and have opted to give them processed food. One thing you need to consider is that if animals had to rely on processed diet to survive, they would not have been able to get it. It is only natural then that their systems are used to getting raw food. Fortunately, dog owners have come to terms with the idea of giving them raw dog food in order to keep them in good health. 

If this is not reason enough to make you switch, then you should consider other issues. For instance, making the switch eliminates the hassle of preparing the food. Since you do not need to cook anything, you just need to cut up the meat and mix with some vegetables and the meal is ready. Remember to chop the bones as well other ingredients to smaller pieces to prevent choking. 

Another benefit of switching is the reduction in the amount of stool the dog passes. This will also improve the smell compared to when it was taking other diets. You can actually determine what the animal need from the stool. When it is too soft, you might need to add some more bones and if it is very hard, some more vegetables will be great. 

The majority of people are unaware that their pets teeth can improve a lot with a raw diet. Not only will the teeth be whiter but the breath will also improve a lot. The reason for these two improvements is because raw diet contains a number of enzymes that allow the animal to digest better and it does not contain chemicals that cause bad breath. 

Additionally there is the benefit of using fewer provisions for the animals foods. This is a good point particularly if consumers are looking for each and every means to minimize their expenses. A person may only understand the actual benefit of this if you actually adjust. 

There are other benefits of giving your pet a raw diet that will only be evident in time. For instance, if it has any injuries he will get better sooner and he will not suffer from any allergies to medicines. A natural diet will give the pets fur a better aspect because it will be glossy and mushy. Moreover, the pet will be a lot more energized with a natural diet and the number of visits to the vet will be reduced as well. 

In addition to the foods you prepare for your pet, there are other sources that may come up. For instance, when walking the dog, you might notice it trying to munch on the grass on the lawn. This does not mean that it is not well-fed, rather it presents a nice chance for the canine to clear its colon of unprocessed foods in the digestive canal. 

Though raw dog food offers most of such gains, you ought to not make the switch haphazardly. You must be aware that there will be a few difficulties to anticipate and as a result get ready to deal with these. For example, the stool change specified previously can happen. In case the animal is more mature and has simply been given a conventional diet, it may experience a detox phase. This may occur in the shape of drippy eyes and mucus coatings upon the stool. Nevertheless, these tend to be small concerns that can be resolved effortlessly.