|Barked: Thu Jun 20, '13 7:19am PST |
|1) what type of detoxification process is normal?
I don't think there's really any scientific reasoning behind the idea of "detox", but I consider it to be the period of time that it takes your dog to adjust onto a raw diet. We just started raw up again and are already experience "detox", where the dogs are shedding mucous with their stool. I don't believe that they're "shedding toxins" or anything like that, but their bodies are obviously reacting to the new diet and adjusting accordingly.
That being said, I think a newbie reaction to the raw diet can include: slightly loose stools, mucous in stools, bone shards in stool, and possible vomit of bone shards. It's also very possible that dogs will continue to have allergy symptoms and poor coat/skin health for several weeks before progress is made.
2) While he detoxes, would it be normal for him to get puss pockets on his paws ( or should I assume this is from his allergies & licking)
I don't think this is a normal reaction to the raw diet, but your dog's body may just need to take time to get over these symptoms. I'd clean that area regularly and make sure it doesn't cycle around as hot spots.
3) While living the raw food lifestyle, should we also try to ween him off of his antigen allergy medication?
As Vance said, wait until your dog is adjusted first. I do think it's worth trying to get him off steroids.. I hate the use of them for allergies and I've seen them do a lot more harm than good-- but it's not the time to stop unless your dog is good and stable.
4) Can I look forward to him naturally excreting his anal glands with this new diet?
I think this is more of a dog-to-dog basis issue. Zelda has never had a problem with her anal glands and continued to express naturally on raw. Charlie's gland fill up regardless of his diet. Even after 2 years of eating only raw, he still expressed them whenever he was spooked or reactive.
5) Does anyone have a similar story to mine; with a happy ending ? ..as we will not find a cure for his allergies, I would like to keep him as comfortable as possible on this new diet - with the main goal always being to keep him as itch- free as possible.
I used to help out a Malinois named Lincoln on this forum several years ago with a very similar story. He was on steroids for his allergies, and was able to ween off of them with time. I searched for his previous posts but all the pictures have been taken down .. he had a lot of great comparrison pictures that showed Lincoln's rashes disappearing, hair regrowing and muscle bulking up.
Hope you find what you're looking for with the diet . Feel free to ask as many questions as you want!
Edited by author Thu Jun 20, '13 7:20am PST
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