Nancy Question 2 — My Dog Has Bad Gas!
Will feeding my dog raw meat affect her intestines in a gassy way??!?
She is about to blow us out of here and this very atypical! If it is then I won't feel so bad, but right now I'm just wondering what in the world...
But, I will say this, she loves her food now, but it might be a bit much on my budget for the amount she seems to be plowing thru — I realize that she is probably nutritionally starving, but WOW.
Chances are, the number one reason why your dog has bad gas right now is because your dog has an excessively huge amount of bad bacteria in its body. Your dog probably has 80 to 90% bad bacteria in its body and 10 to 20% good bacteria. However, your dog, as should every dog, cat or human, should have 80 to 90% good bacteria and only 10 to 20% bad bacteria.
The reason why the gas is coming out now is because your dog is detoxifying.
You should actually be thankful the gas is coming out now. This indicates that the raw meat diet is helping to evacuate the toxic things in your dog's body. If this did not happen, then long term, the bad bacteria will dramatically affect your dog's health.
Your dog's food intake will also reduce in about 2 to 3 weeks. One reason why your dog is starving for nutrition is because it has too much bad bacteria in its body. The bad bacteria damages the body's ability to absorb nutrients. We eat to get nutrition. If the body is not able to fully absorb or utilize the nutrition for whatever reason, including the fact that bad bacteria is robbing the body of the nutrition, then the body will have to eat more. However, as the body does get more nutrition, then the body can also purge itself of the bad bacteria and other problems within it. As this happens, the food intake will reduce. One day though, your dog will just suddenly and dramatically reduce its food intake by 50% or more.
Unfortunately, you are going to have to be patient while the body cleanses itself. But as mentioned, if this didn't happen, then your dog would have long term health problems due to excessive bad bacteria. But once finished, your dog will actually become healthier and then you won't have problems in the future, or at least, the risk of problems is reduced.
Saying all of this, although the bad gas will stop once the body flushes out a large amount of toxins, it will actually take 1 to 2 years for your dog to actually reverse the bad bacteria within its body to good bacteria. In a short time, hard to say when, but once your dog stops producing bad gas, this does not mean that everything is okay. It just means that the body has pushed out the major source of bad bacteria. But it will still take 1 to 2 years to get the body to its proper content of good bacteria.
Essentially, what I am saying is that while the symptom (bad gas) may be gone, internally there is still much work to do. Having proper amounts of good bacteria is crucial to long term health. But it takes time for new bacteria to colonize the intestinal tract.
Overall, it's a very good sign your dog has bad gas. It illustrates the power of a raw meat diet and its ability to give the body the nutritional strength it needs to heal itself. Only a body that is getting the nutrition it needs can begin to heal (detoxify) itself.
The food intake will reduce. But here again, you just need to patient. It takes, on average, 2 to 3 weeks for the body to get its nutrition. Once the body is full of nutrition then the body will reduce its food intake and will probably reduce by 50% as mentioned above.
You may want to consider using FloraZyme LP. The FloraZyme LP will help improve digestion while also providing some friendly bacteria. This does 2 things.
- It helps to combat the bad bacteria and replace the bad bacteria with good bacteria.
- It makes digestion more efficient. The more efficient the digestion of the body, the less food it needs because now the body is getting more nutrition from less food.
Your dog has bad bacteria probably for one of the following reasons:
- Has been given antibiotics in the past. This is the major reason. Antibiotics are very destructive. It's unfortunate too because there are natural antibiotics that can be given that don't destroy the good bacteria unlike antibiotics that kills everything except for those strains of bacteria that are now resistant to them.
- Foods fed with preservatives in them will cause bad gas. Preservatives are designed to kill bacteria or not let the bacteria grow. So chemical preservatives in pet foods will kill bacteria within our pet's body.
- Unhealthy diet. An unhealthy diet creates compounds that feeds the bad bacteria which allows the bad bacteria to grow faster than the good bacteria.
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