BARF Transitioning Signs
You’ve made the commitment to start your pet on a raw diet. But what kinds of things should you expect during the transitions?
The scoop on poop
It begins with soft stools, most of the pet experience that. It will gradually back to normal, and guess what? Expect lesser odor and smaller size of poops when their tummy adapted to raw.
Raw food poop is entirely different from kibble-fed poop. Embrace this happy change!
Some pets will occasionally have soft and darker stools when they are on consistently of Fish Recipe diet. Fish Recipe enriched with natural source of fish oil that explains why your pet are producing soft and darker stools. This is okay.
After two weeks to three months on a raw food diet, your pet may go through a detoxification process. This is totally normal and is actually a beautiful thing. Click HERE to understand more on "Detox".
Shedding and Excess Earwax
Detoxification for pets happens through their bowels and skin. You might find he’s shedding tremendous amounts of fur. Rest easy, he isn’t going bald, simply shedding out his old, dead, dull hair, to allow a shiny, soft coat to grow in. Even old pets who don’t shed as readily will have a beautifully luxurious new coat in a few months!
You might also see a lot of earwax or debris being produced from the ear. That needs to be cleaned out, but is completely normal. These symptoms of detoxification will pass on their own. They are nothing you need to worry about.
One thing that we would like to add however… pets that have been on steroids, antibiotics, or other long-term drugs, may experience prolonged detoxification periods. Although rare, you should consult our online nutritionist for such symptoms.
And not every pet will experience the same detoxification stages, some might not experience it at all! All pet’s immune system works differently, you should be patience and have faith to the new food you choose for you pets. Relax and allows mother nature do the work.
Your Pet May also Drink Less Water
Pets on a raw food diet may also drink less water than pets eating an entirely processed diet because there is so much moisture in their food. And of course, lesser and fewer pee.
Slimmer, Trimmer, Happier
Many pets also experience a leaner, sleeker appearance because they are eating a diet that is easily and more completely digestible. Absorbing all that good nutrition gives them more energy, which helps them to slim down.
If Your Pet Experiences Digestive Upset
Adding yogurt to your pet’s meal can be a source for some probiotics; provided your pet tolerates dairy well. Goat milk products are typically tolerated better and provide a wider range of beneficial bacteria. Otherwise, carefully choose a probiotics supplement and feed it to them 30 minutes before meal daily will contribute on boost up and strengthen their GI tract.
If he is prone to digestive upsets or vomiting immediately following a meal, consider placing a smaller bowl upside-down in his main bowl and putting the food around it to slow him down. It can also be regurgitation that causing his vomit or he needs longer time to adapt to his new food. Eventually they will adapt to this ancient diet of their natures, regardless it is slow or quick. It is after all what they are suppose to be eating.