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Raw Dog Food: What YouShould Expect When You Make         the ChangeStool - Changes to ExpectWhen you change your dog to a...
throughout this process. In some cases you will be able to help your dog work through thisperiod at a faster pace by offer...
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Raw Dog Food: What You Should Expect When You Make The Change

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Stool - Changes to Expect When you change your dog to a raw, fresh food diet, right away you will see a very big difference in your dog's stool with regard to its odor and to its size. Dogs that are fed a fresh food or raw food diet will have stools that are firmer and smaller, as more nutrition from the food is being absorbed in their bodies. It is important to note that because the stools will be harder, some dogs will appear to strain.

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Raw Dog Food: What You Should Expect When You Make The Change

  1. 1. Raw Dog Food: What YouShould Expect When You Make the ChangeStool - Changes to ExpectWhen you change your dog to a raw, fresh food diet, right away you will see a very bigdifference in your dogs stool with regard to its odor and to its size. Dogs that are fed a freshfood or raw food diet will have stools that are firmer and smaller, as more nutrition from thefood is being absorbed in their bodies.It is important to note that because the stools will be harder, some dogs will appear to strain. Alot of people dont realize that this is a beneficial size effect, as straining will help the dog tonaturally express its anal glands, which in turn reduces risk of infection.At times you will occasionally see some consistency variations in the stool. This is to beexpected with any food change, however if your dog has diarrhea and not just soft stools for along period of time, you should speak with your vet.During the transition between kibble and raw food you might also see a sort of film formedaround the stool. This is normal as well and is an outward sign that your dogs body is removingall the harmful toxins, a sign of the detoxification process.Detoxification - What it MeansMany dogs, particularly older dogs that have been on the kibble diet for many years, will gothrough what is known as a "detoxification process" when they first start eating a fresh food orraw food diet.It may seem a little scary at first because the dogs stool may have a mucus-like coating on itand your dog may experience symptoms such as runny eyes, dry skin or excess shedding. It isimportant to know that these symptoms are not signs of an illness, in fact, they are actuallysigns that your dog is getting "unsick" of all the toxins that have been building up in his bodyover the years.In about a week or two - but sometimes as long as a couple of months - the symptoms and thesituation will resolve itself as your dogs body replaces old toxin-laden cells with new cells
  2. 2. throughout this process. In some cases you will be able to help your dog work through thisperiod at a faster pace by offering plenty of filtered, fresh water and increasing his dailyexercise.It is also important to know that if your dog has been on any long-term prescriptions or hasbeen taking antibiotics or steroids, the detoxification process will take longer. If you believethat your dog is showing signs of any severe or extremely prolonged problems that areconnected to his change in diet, speak with your vet right away.Health Issues - TipsIf your dog suffers from digestive disorders or a sensitive stomach, there are supplements thatcan be added to the diet before and during the change in diet. In most cases these supplementsare given for 4-6 weeks during the beginning of the process.Supplements that contain digestive enzymes will help your dog to digest foods easier andabsorb nutrients faster. This is an important part of the process when you change from kibbleto a raw, fresh diet as your dogs system will need some time to adjust to the enzymes that arerequired in order to digest the new raw foods.Adding probiotics to your dogs diet - which are known as "good" bacteria - will help toneutralize the "bad bacteria" and balance your dogs system, promoting a healthier digestivetract and better overall digestion.Prebiotics are supplements that provide food to help the "good bacteria" from the probiotics tothrive. Just a small dose each day will help those resident "good" bacteria have the energyneeded to help your body.An excellent source of probiotics for your dog, if he is able to tolerate dairy products withoutproblem, include all-natural yogurt or kefir products. Many dogs that have problems toleratingcow dairy products will be able to tolerate goat dairy products much easier, which also offer awider spectrum of good bacteria.If your pet is prone to vomiting immediately after a meal or experiences various digestiveupsets should be stopped from gulping their food down too quickly. One way to slow downtheir eating habits is to put a clean rock or other similar object in the middle of their food dishso they have to eat around it.If your pet has symptoms such as constipation, runny/loose stools or is vomiting even at timeswhen he hasnt just eaten food, you can help the transition process along by adding somecanned or cooked pumpkin to their food. All you need is just 1-2 Tablespoons per cup of freshfood for each meal. Pumpkin is one of those miracle foods that can help with constipation andloose stools by regulating your dogs system.
  3. 3. Jamie is a pet health expert who strongly believes that the raw dog food diet is the healthiestand most responsible decision a pet owner can make for their pet. Learn more abouttransitioning your dog to raw dog food.

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