|Barked: Tue Nov 1, '11 2:26pm PST |
|"Detox" has become one of those terms that doesn't really mean anything anymore. It's tossed around and used to excuse all sorts of issues for all different reasons, when really actual detoxification has little or nothing to do with the issue at hand.
For example, a pack a day smoker of 5 years quitting, then a few days/weeks later beginning to cough constantly, bringing up phlegm. That is detox. When you smoke like that, your lungs become so inundated with chemicals that your body can not process it out fast enough, so it just builds up until you stop smoking. There is sound reasoning there.
Getting an infection is not part of any sort of detox. It's an overabundance of bacteria in your body, and should be addressed with antibiotics. I'm sure dogs have coincidentally gotten infections during diet changes, but to assume it's related is what my buddies and I refer to as "Medieval Logic" - the crops withered after your neighbor's wife walked by, ergo your neighbor's wife is a witch.
Diarrhea in particular is sorely misunderstood. (I love that there is a context for that sentence to exist. Ahem.) It means change to your digestive system. Nothing more, nothing less. If you eat all fresh, whole foods, then have McDonalds and get sick, everyone will say it's because your system is rejecting the bad food. If you eat all McDonalds and then get sick over a fresh fruit salad, everyone will claim DETOX! It doesn't really make sense at all.
So, the gist of it is, yes, there are some side-effects from switching off of an established diet. If any of them become excessive (there's a difference between some casual soft poop, and urgent "rocket butt") it's best to consult a vet.
The only true "detoxing" my dogs did was shedding. As their bodies were better able to utilize the nutrients in raw food, more was leftover for less-vital parts like their fur. So a month or two after switching, all my dogs blew their lighter, drier kibble coats and grew in fuller, shinier raw food coats.
Edited by author Tue Nov 1, '11 2:26pm PST
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