I’ve read in various places that it’s good to let your dog fast for one day out of the week. They usually say the reasoning behind this is to:
a. Imitate a natural diet found in the wild. Wolves don’t eat daily, so our dogs shouldn’t.
b. Cleanse the body of toxins.
c. Encourage healing in a sick dog. Dogs lose their appetite when they are sick because digesting food takes up a lot of energy that could be put to use elsewhere (like clearing up a bacterial infection).
d. Digesting food takes up a ton of energy so their body needs a chance to rest weekly.
Am I the only person who thinks this sounds like a load of bullsh*t? They make it seem like digesting food is this gruesome chore that will just suck the life out of you or something.
I also have a huge problem with the "wolves don’t eat every day, so our dogs shouldn’t" idea. I personally figure that, if that is true, it’s because the wolves weren’t able to make a kill that day due to whatever circumstances, or because they had an especially successful hunt the day before and weren’t hungry, not because they were instinctively fasting.
And what about the idea that a dog not eating when he’s sick will improve his health? To me, it’d make more sense for them to eat in order to have the calories necessary to fight infection. I understand that in certain circumstances, it is beneficial to withdraw food, but my understanding is that it depends on what medical condition the dog has.
However, I could be dead WRONG, and I encourage you to correct me if you believe so. I did not post this to poke fun at people; I am honestly trying to understand where you guys are coming from. But I find it difficult to believe everything I read, and I notice the people who I’ve heard this from never go into much detail about this, which always leaves me frustrated and cynical.
I actually don’t think this whole fasting issue has a definitive answer. It still seems to be pretty controversial even with people who do it for health reasons. So say it’s not good to fast on water, and that you are suppose to drink fruit juices at least. I understand that humans have different bodies from dogs, but could something similar apply?
Where do you stand, and why?
@Skipper I almost called you out for plagerism! I was like, "WTF? I just read that on Frawley’s website and now she’s trying to pretend those are her words??"
Curtis, what did you mean by FaceBook?