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Detoxing From Kibble And What To Expect

Barkin Bistro Detoxing From Kibble Min

You have just made the best decision for your furry friend – taking your pup off kibble is often a brave decision as it is marketed so well and professes to be healthy for your pup.  You have done your research and now know that fresh, raw food will make a big difference in health and longevity.  Just like humans, we know that a highly processed diet is bad for us and bad for our pets.  We get asked this question often, and this article should help you understand what the detoxification process is and give you some suggestions if you are having problems.

The most important point is to remember to ignore all the warnings of animals getting sick and contracting salmonella or other bacteria from raw meat.  At Barkin BISTRO, we test our food to make sure it is completely safe.  Not all raw food companies apply this essential protocol, which is possibly why so many conventional veterinary practices are anti-raw.  Not all raw is good, and important to remember folks.

What is detoxing in dogs?

Detoxing is a natural process your pup will go through when changing from a highly processed diet to a more natural ‘species-appropriate’ diet. What this means is that your pup may need healing time to remove unwanted toxins and chemicals from the body.  This can take a week or so, or sadly many months, and in this article, we will give you tips on what to expect.  Not all dogs go through a detox, and it depends on how long they have been eating a processed food diet, how old they are, and how much medication they have had (flea and worm treatments etc.). Think of yourself eating burgers and chips for months on end and changing to fresh foods, meat, fruit and vegetables – your body would go, wow, but help!

What are the signs a dog is detoxing?

During a detoxifying period, your pup may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Vomiting – often bile
  • Itchy skin, sometimes turning black
  • Chewing their paws
  • Bad breath 
  • Yeasty ears
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weeping eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Hotspots
  • Hair loss and shedding
  • Mucus in poop
  • Constipation 

During this healing time, when your pup is unloading their toxic burden, it can be seen to come out in their skin, being the largest organ in the body. Their smell may change as the carbohydrate load is less, and we often see ears, eyes, and paws as being detoxification exit points.

What can I do to help my dog with detoxing?

If your pup is experiencing any of the above problems, we feel your pain.  Here at BarkinBISTRO, we get asked this question regularly.  It is totally normal to see, and don’t give up.  In some cases, things may get a lot worse before they get better, and this is all part of the detoxifying process.

As we mentioned earlier, detox is a natural process, and your pup’s body has an army of weapons to help – the liver and kidneys filter out toxins to help remove them, and the fresh raw diet is full of these wonderful nutrients. Tripe is full of pre and probiotics, which benefit gut health, and that is why we add it to our food.

Are there supplements that will help my dog with detox?

We have a great range of supplements that may help your pup with detox problems. Bone Broth is a simple gut healer and very effective.  BioFunction8 has an array of fantastic ingredients, from Chamomile to Slippery Elm. Proflax Tummy Tastic and Four Leaf Rover all offer excellent supplements, which may help too – feel free to ask us, and we will guide you to the best one for your pup.


As mentioned earlier, in some cases, detoxing can take many months, and every dog is different.  Although this can be tough to go through in some cases, try to think of it as a celebration that your pup is on the right road to recovery.  If fed our great quality raw food, you should find that detoxification will pass in time.  Also, remember that dogs fed a fresh, raw diet drink significantly less water, therefore putting less strain on their kidneys, and our food is approximately 70% water naturally which is why your pup will drink less.

There are also another couple of factors to consider when your pup is going through a detox.  Over-vaccination, worming and flea treatments, steroids,  antibiotics, and even toxic chemicals in your home can lead to multiple toxins forming in the body, and these can build up over the years.

Increasing their exercise can also help the body rid itself of excess toxins effectively, and keeping your drinking water clean is also essential as fluoride is often found in water.

Stick with it, folks, and watch your pet become healthier and happier.

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