Now that Halloween has been placed squarely in the rear view mirror, we all start to look forward to the next major holiday. Thoughts of sugar-filled sweets are replaced by thoughts of turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. This also happens to be the time when we most often see pets with digestive issues (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and flatulence). Knowing what to do when your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea is important. Knowing how to prevent these conditions before they start is key.
It is normal for a pet to feel under the weather from time to time, in the same way that we sometimes feel a little bit sick. Once in a while, this will even be accompanied by diarrhea or vomiting.
Vomiting usually occurs under one of three conditions:
- A dog has eaten too much food.
- A dog has eaten food too quickly.
- A dog has been introduced to a food (or combination of foods) that caused digestive disruption.
I emphasize the combination of foods for a reason. Even if the majority of the diet is raw meat, if a highly cooked, or otherwise processed item is given, there is a high chance of digestive upset. This means that the little piece of cooked turkey that you gave your dog as a treat actually may have done more harm than good. This is the same philosophy we share with split feeders, but it applies to the holiday season as well.
Raw foods are in and out of the system quickly (4-6 hours from mouth to tail). Foods that have been cooked are harder for the body to break down and take double the time to digest (about 8-12 hours). When there is such a difference in digestive time, the pancreas gets confused and does not know what kinds of digestive enzymes to produce. The result can be…messy.
Despite this warning, there are those that will continue to feed table scraps during family get togethers. Maybe their dogs have never gotten sick before from a little human food as a treat, and ultimately, it is their choice. But as we know, age humbles us all, and the ability to handle these types of indulgences decreases over time. If you plan on indulging your pet, be prepared if trouble should arise.
Make sure to have these items on hand this holiday season:
- Nux Vom is a great cure for RTS (rumbling tummy syndrome). This powerful, yet harmless homeopathic remedy stops nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in their tracks.
- Luxolite clay helps to extract toxins from the body, and supports digestion, circulation, and proper liver and kidney function.
And of course, no conversation of digestive aides is complete without mentioning E-BARF Plus. This veterinarian formulated probiotic helps to support a healthy immune system and provides vital enzymes for improved digestion.
Until next time, happy BARFing
Evan Price is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at The Intelligent Pet.
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