This support protocol is a 30-day regimen and can be helpful to give your dog after it rains. Rain brings parasites and bacteria to the ground’s surface and then your dog walks outside and either licks their feet or drinks the puddled water, or both. This can wreak havoc on your dog.
It is common for dogs to experience GI upset following a downpour of rain and owners are often mystified as to what it could be from. It’s from the rain! Anytime we have rain that is more than just a light sprinkle, my Labs are put onto the protocol for a full 30-days.
This protocol while simple to make, is made from various plant matter; so correct preparation of the ingredients is important in order for your dog’s body to be able to properly utilize them. The protocol is done in two phases with phase one being a two-step process.
Phase One, Part One: Organic Slippery Elm Bark Gruel
A slippery elm bark gruel is given for the first five days of the protocol. Slippery elm bark can soothe and cleanse the digestive tract because the bark’s abundant mucilage is strengthening + healing. If you are using other herbs or medications with your dog, I recommended that you allow for a three hour gap before administering slippery elm bark due to the high mucilage content potentially impacting the absorption of the active ingredients in other herbs and medicines. Important Note: Slippery elm bark can also affect the absorption of nutrients needed by your dog so it is best to allow for the three hours and not rush dosing too early.
How to make the gruel: Add the powdered herb to 0.118 liter/4 oz of warm water or bone broth.
Dosage: Extra-small dogs: 1/2 tsp or 1/4 capsule of size 00. Small dogs: 1 tsp or 1/2 capsule of size 00. Medium dogs: 3 tsp or 1 capsule of size 00. Large dogs: 1 Tbsp or 1-2 capsule(s) of size 00. Extra large dogs: 2 Tbsp or 2 capsules of size 00.
Discontinue the slippery elm bark gruel at the end of day five and move to part two of phase one.
Phase One, Part Two: Whey Fermented Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Part two of phase one is fermented pumpkin seed paste. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid Cucurbitacin and Cucurbitacin eliminates intestinal bugs. A study published in 2016 by Maciej Grzybek concluded pumpkin seed extracts are effective against some types of parasites.
I make a thick paste leaving a little bit of seed particles present for roughage. The fermented seeds are to be fed in paste form twice a day for ten days and then discontinued.
A how to article for fermenting the seeds can be found here: How to Ferment Raw Seeds for Dogs
Phase Two: Whey Fermented Organic Raw Garlic
Phase two is fermented raw garlic. Garlic works with the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps eliminate waste + toxins & boosts immune function by increasing the production of antibodies; which aids in reducing inflammation. Garlic is a detoxifier; it supports beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract & eliminates harmful bacteria. It is also a circulatory system supporter so garlic helps keep blood flowing and helps heart + lung function. Additionally, it’s said to be a flea preventative.
The fermented garlic should be minced & fed with meals 2 times per day, for fifteen days. Discontinue the garlic at the end of the fifteen days.
A how to article about fermenting raw garlic can be found here: Fermented Garlic Protocol for Detox
Please note the amounts given to each of my dogs in this 30-day protocol is different because they are all different weights & will be different for your dog too.