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How To Help Your Dog or Cat Through Detox
Switching from toxic commercial pet food to real, human grade food can put your pet through withdrawal symptoms exactly like heroin addicts experience. It can go smoothly for some pets and insanely for others. You must go "cold turkey" because you have to stop feeding anything from a bag, a pouch or a can.
#1 Throw away all the bags, pouches and cans of commercial pet food immediately. If you continue to poison them while you give them real food, their system will be off balance and you'll be playing Russian Roulette with their life. Don't do another animal harm by passing it on to a friend. Instead, pass on your decision to homefeed and share what you've learned or start a support group.
#2 Feed human-grade food
DOGS: start immediately with a simple oatmeal, cooked meat and raw vegetables recipe which will help them through the detox period. Feeding formula = 2 parts meat, 1 part grain, 1 part green vegetables. Keep fresh water in their bowl.
CATS: Start with a tablespoon of raw, ground turkey and see if they go for it.. Let them eat as much as they want. If they wonít eat the poultry raw, try raw hamburger or give your cat cooked meats the first few days to jump-start them onto real food (deli meats, canned chicken, turkey or tuna in water). Cats are slaves to their addiction from the chemicals in the commercial foods. Do NOT feed cats dairy -- ever -- they are allergic after 8 weeks of age
#3 Read what the objective, holistic experts say Study to see what diet is best for each breed of pet.
#4 Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a checkup and share with them your decision to homefeed like our ancestors have been doing for thousands of years. Be prepared for them to disagree, after all, they sell the stuff. Do NOT trust the nutritional advice of a vet who tells you to feed out of a can or a bag. You can have a blood test run on each pet to make certain they're getting the proper nutrition and this will help convince them. Supplement with a natural, organic vitamin and mineral product if you wish. (I use Dynamite Specialty Products for dogs, cats, duck, horse & human)
#5 Observe your pet for changes in health and behavior and keep a journal. It takes 30 days to get the toxins from commercial pet food out of an animalís system; the symptoms will be worse than from heroin withdrawl; do not give in and return to commercial food!
Your pet may appear to be sick for a few days but you have to allow at least 30 days for the chemicals to leave their system and 120 days for their blood to completely rejuvenate.
What To Expect
Dogs: diarrhea, vomiting, disorientation, frequent urination, "accidents" with house-training, chewing no-noís
Cats: diarrhea, frequent urination, vomiting, "accidents" outside the litter box, howling and insane behaviors
If You're Lucky
Some people tell me that their cats jump right into the raw ground poultry with both paws the moment they first smell it. I've never heard of a dog turning down a good home-cooked meal!
Changes You Will See
Natural instincts kick in, more positive energy and bigger ego, shiny coat, sweet breath, fresh body scent, stools stop smelling like toxic waste, no more hairballs for cats, no more fleas and ticks. Your dogs will treat you like the leader of the pack when they see you sharing your food!
The Perfect Detox Recipes
Gently simmer hamburger in large pan with garlic; when almost cooked, drain off fat into freezer container (for dog cookie recipes); add water and oatmeal and bring to simmer; turn off and let sit for five minutes; cool to room temperature; add beans
Easy Crockpot Dog Stew
Toss everything into cooker or crockpot; turn on slow cook and let it simmer all night; add 2 cans of green beans and cool to serve. Preparation time = 5 minutes
Feed 1/2 cup for every 10 pounds of dog's body weight
Defrost in portions and serve; give cats as much as they want to eat. That's it! Cats are obligate carnivores, they can ONLY eat RAW meat. Later you can add a little greens and oatmeal. See more detailed instructions at How I Homefeed Cats
My Experience with detoxing my cats
Five years ago I realized that I could either homefeed or put my oldest cat, Mrs McGillykitty to sleep. She had developed lick granuloma which the vet books said "can" be caused by a food allergy = duh. I fed her the most expensive, gourmet, natural, organic kitty kibbles her whole life and look where it got us. Then I thought back on my beloved kitty who died from cancer at 7, another of kidney failure at 6, my precious collie from gastric torsion at 4. I remembered what my buddy, Curt, had said about switching to raw, ground turkey with Soujourner Farms supplement... ... ..
Both my kitties refused to touch the raw turkey so I started to bake a turkey every week and each one came out less cooked until Gilly and Cameo were gobbling up Jennie-O frozen, raw ground turkey, even before it was thawed. But the first few weeks they screamed, broke things, kept me awake at night and were frequently disoriented. My vet warned me that I needed to be a nutritional rocket scientist to homefeed cats correctly but I was desperate and I took the plunge without an instruction manual. I was lucky that my friend, Lila, gave me samples of Dynamite vitamins and helped me holistically treat the tumors in Gilly's pathetic mouth. After a few months I started to notice that their coats were extra slick and silky and those frequent hairball attacks had disappeared; they began to play and romp together like kittens; they gained solid body weight and lost the flab; we no longer called Gilly, "Stinky-poo-fanny" and the litter box didn't smell like toxic waste. Over the course of a few years, Gilly's tumors shrank a little and then flared back up, a little less every time. Outside of the biopsy scar and her deformed jaw for lack of teeth (yep, commercial food ruined her teeth, too), Gilly is beautiful! We've had five great years living on borrowed time together and I'm so thankful to have her sharing my pillow, purring with sweet breath.
We've had a couple of toms move in with us because of our kitty menu. They are gloriously gorgeous and not a bit of tartar on their teeth because they've never been poisoned.
© 2010 Susanella Noble