We switched to a raw diet about 2 1/2 weeks ago. This is my first time with raw but not my first German Shepherd. I am used to shedding cycles. That being said it seem Winston is going thru a heavier shed than what I might consider normal. We are feeding either beef or chicken meat/fat for morning meals and chicken wings/neck/backs for evening. We are also adding Liver and/or Kidney and/or Lung and/or tripe 3 or so times a week with the meat meal. Also giving 1 egg 4-5 times per week. I am giving a tablespoon of pumpkin every other day and yogurt or cottage cheese 3 times per week also. Is it normal to go thru an initial heavy shed with the switch? Thanks!
"Oftentimes, after one to three months on a fresh food diet, pets go through a detoxification process. This is totally normal and is actually something to celebrate.
Detox for your pet will happen through the bowels and skin. During a detox, your pet will act completely normal. He’ll be happy, bright, and alert. But you might find that he’s shedding a tremendous amount of hair. Pets shed out their old, dead, dull hair, and begin growing a shiny, soft coat. You might also see a lot of earwax or debris being produced from the ear. That needs to be cleaned out. And some detoxing pets will pass blobs of mucus in their stools.
These symptoms of detoxification will pass on their own. They’re nothing you need to worry about, but are something you should anticipate or it might freak you out. Pets on a fresh food diet also consume far less water than pets eating an entirely processed diet. You need to anticipate that your pet’s water intake will diminish."