Is fasting good for a dog? Here’s What to Expect

The Health Benefits of Fasting for Dogs

While abstaining from food, your dogs body is free from the input of toxins contained within food. It can then increase the output of toxins through the normal channels of elimination such as the bowel, skin, eyes, ears, nose, vagina, penis, urine and breath.

If fasted for long enough, total body toxicity will be reduced to a tolerable level and healing can start. These are the main benefits of fasting. Periodic intermittent fasting is the quickest way for the body to concentrate its energy and effort to promote healing.

When we use intermittent fasting as a way to heal the body, heres what happens. Your dogs body can take a break from digesting food and concentrate on letting the immune system heal by:

  • increasing macrophage activity
  • increasing immunoglobulin levels
  • unfriendly bacteria and other pathogens are engulfed, destroyed and eliminated in the feces, the urine, the breath and through the skin.
  • increasing natural killer cell activity
  • How Long Should You Fast Your Dog?

    Dogs that live in the wild can survive without food for long periods. Even rescued dogs that are domesticated can go without food for a while. Some are found on the verge of starvation. However, the idea of fasting is not to starve your dog, but rather to improve longevity with controlled fasting for 24 hours. It is recommended to do this once a week or for healthy dogs once a month.

    Intermittent Fasting for Dogs is Mother Nature’s Way to Enforce a Healthy Detox

    Think about this. In the definition above, it was noted that fasting is a voluntary thing that people do for some reason, but in the wild, Mother Nature is in charge. So that means that wild dogs eat when there is food to eat, and when they are lucky enough to catch it.

    The harsh reality is that wild dogs, wolves, coyotes etc., dont eat every day. So going without food, often for long periods of time, is a constant reality of their wild existence…but this is not all bad!

    The good news is that Mother Nature has provided this natural, enforced fasting which serves as a healthy detox. This is a way for wild dogs to heal themselves, since they dont have me, you or the vet on hand to help.

    When we permit Mother Nature and the dogs own body, to heal itself by using those things that have a normal relationship to life, we put into practice the principle laws of nature, known as natural hygiene.

    Dog Fasting: Is Intermittent Fasting Safe For Your Pets? – Dr. Berg

    Harvard University researcher and longevity expert, Dr. David Sinclair is famous for saying that to increase longevity, simply “eat less often”. Just like humans, scientific research suggests pets can also benefit from intermittent fasting. It can actually extend their lives.