By Bonnie Rubin
Detoxing your dog prior to switching to Flint River Ranch Dog Food can make all the difference.
It is best to start slowly to build up your dog’s acceptance, tolerance and conditioning to each suggested solution. Keep it simple and add only one thing at a time to your dogs diet or grooming regimen. Learn to read and understand dog food and treat labels.
Detox Recipe – Lamb or Venison
This detox can last up to 3 months but let’s talk every week. As she gets better we can try other proteins and ingredients – one at a time. Our site offers some of the products listed below. Amazon is a great place to find the rest. The protein and vegetables/fruit you can get at Jimbo’s, Sprouts or Whole Foods - whichever has better prices.
The Daily meals should consist of…
50% to 60% protein;
40% to 50% carbohydrate;
If your dog has ever been on a lamb diet, venison would be a better choice. But, you can try lamb to start if it is easier.
1. Organic Lamb or Venison, lightly cooked (protein must be lightly cooked and pink on the inside)
2. Lightly steamed (enough to mash but not to cook out the goodness) and mashed organic vegetables such as carrots, peas, green beans, summer squash, turnip, kale and broccoli. You can also add a few mashed organic blueberries.
3. 1 teaspoon Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil*
4. 1 1/2 teaspoon Pure Bone meal
5. BARFWorld EBarf Plus Supplement*
6. Complete Probiotics For Pets - MERCOLA
Supports the caloric needs of a 50 pound dog for two feedings a day. Adjust accordingly.
It has been my experience that many dogs who have been allergy tested and have had a positive result to being allergic to chicken or beef, when fed organic, have had no problems. It could be that some dogs are sensitive to antibiotics and steroids. Who knows for sure? With organic, you are getting food sources free of these things as well as pesticides! So, don't skimp during detox - it is well worth it.
Things to know
Please understand that during detox your dog may look worse before she looks better. Flushing out her liver is a wonderful thing as for some time now it has been overtaxed. Changes will take place. Hang in there. However, if she begins excessively vomiting, has diarrhea for more than two days, stops drinking water, or experiences seizures, please consult your vet right away. These are highly unusual circumstances but you should be aware of them just the same.
Note: Snacks and training treats should be stopped for now. Use topical flea prevention if needed.
Brush her every day. This will feel good to her and will help shed away her undercoat and stimulate oil production. You can bathe her too around day 7. I would suggest a saponified coconut oil shampoo or you can easily make your own (see my recipe). If you cannot find an organic, simple dog shampoo and do not want to make you own just skip this for now. However, the essential oils and other ingredients in the homemade recipe will help soothe her skin. If she tolerates this you will know how to bathe her in the future.
1/4 cup coconut milk (organic/unsweetened)
1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
1/4 of a teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (completely optional)
*5 drops of Essential Oils of choice or use all (peppermint, lavender and rosemary work great - I sell a great brand but for now you can get it at health food store)
For really dry fur: add 1/4 tsp olive or almond oil (optional)
If needed, rinse with a very small amount of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water and rosemary and lavender essential oils.
Specifically formulated for those dogs who have an intolerance to wheat, corn and/or chicken. Nothing has been spared with the quality ingredients, blending and oven-baking.
Our formulas are OVEN-BAKED under carefully controlled conditions and temperatures resulting in better nutrition, palatability and digestibility for your pet. Great for dogs with chicken, corn and wheat sensitivities. Dogs LOVE these tasty Recipes!