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Dog Fasting

Published on February 6, 2008 by in BARF

I have received some questions lately regarding the need for fasting. I usually encourage fasting when fever is a factor in an illness. You can usually fast your pet until the temperature returns to normal, assuming that the animal is in reasonable condition. Fasting is one of the oldest and most natural methods of healing. Fasting allows the body to break down and expel older wastes that may have accumulated in the liver and fatty tissues. The body also gets a hence to unload the products caused by the inflammation. Cleansing the body of unwanted toxins gives the body a chance to rejuvenate itself and the cells have a chance to repair and restore themselves. No need to worry about the length of time to cure the fever because dogs and cats have been fasted for periods ranging from 1 to 50 days with excellent results and amazing recoveries. This advice is also useful for those that are having problems with food conversions. Knowing that the body will heal as a result of the process makes it easier to do the fast.

posted by Rob Mueller

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  1. I am currently doing a water only fast with my dog. We are on day 10 and doing really well. I am working with an open-mind holistic vet, but she has no experience fasting dogs. I have had a difficult time finding any published literature for her to read. Do you have any references you had provide for me? Thank you!

    • Monica Samson

      We advocate a 6-day feeding schedule with the 7th day being a day of fasting. This gives your pet’s body a day to properly detoxify and eliminate the possible buildup of waste material.

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