Dog Has Alarming Detox Symptoms

(Maryland USA)

My dog is on day 13 of a detox program.

She eats a freeze-dried raw prey diet (Vital Essentials Duck/Rabbit). I have stopped giving her vegetables for now based on this site info.

She has been treated for years with the usual for skin infection and allergies (antibiotics, antifungals, steroids) including a Cytopoint injection a few weeks before we started the detox program.

As of day 11 of detox, her skin looks awful with red blisters, skin thickening, and weeping.

I bathe her every 3 days with anti-yeast/antimicrobial shampoo (similar to Malaseb, it is 2mg chlorhexidine and miconazole). Is this the right shampoo to use?

How will I know if I am causing more harm than good?

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Nov 13, 2021
Dog With Alarming Detox Symptoms
by: Sandra

The symptoms you describe are typically what happens when you stop the drugs that suppress the immune system in order to manage symptoms and offer relief to the dog.

Although this is done with good intentions, the end result is horrible if you choose to stop the drugs. Once you stop giving the drugs, in a short time, the immune system will kick in, in high gear.

I commend you for feeding a raw diet. This is appropriate food for dogs and will help, but don't expect it to end the alarming things that you see happening to your dog.

You don't mention whether you weaned your dog off the drugs or whether you stopped cold turkey? I suspect you just stopped. Therefore, the extreme symptom result.

I've learned that when dogs have been on drugs to suppress symptoms, it's usually better to wean off and reduce dosage slowly, so the body can make the adjustment gradually. It takes longer, but symptoms are less severe.

The shampoo is ok, but won't help much. There really isn't very much you can do topically to offer relief. The issues are rooted internally in the gut microbiome where 70% of the immune system resides. So, work on that, with good food and perhaps some targeted supplements.

You're on the right track, but don't expect any good result, anytime soon, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

You don't say how old your dog is? The older your dog is, and the amount of time the issues have been present, will determine how long recovery will take.


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