Herxheimer: 5 Tips for Success
What is the Herxheimer Reaction?
Your pup shows symptoms of yeast overgrowth in many ways, but the most externally visible manifest in scratching, itching and ear infections. These happens because the yeast cells are leaving the body through... any hole they can find (eyes, hair follicles, paw skin, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, anus).
When yeast cells that have overpopulated your dog's gut for months or years begin to die through our process, they leave behind little physical remains which produce toxins.
Those toxins and organic materials need to exit the body, and they do it the same way they've found their way out when they were alive. Thus, the dog is subject to even more pain and discomfort as all the yeast cells leave his/her body at once. Itching, biting, scratching, eye goop - all this is exacerbated for a period of up to a few weeks.
This is not a pretty picture, but sometimes you've got to make a bigger mess to clean up the one causing all the problems. DO NOT PANIC. This is a good sign things are working.
This is a bit like most sustainably good things: painful in the short term, life-changing in the long term.
5 Tips for Success
This yeast exodus will occur when you use our coconut oil solution. The oil kills the yeast cells without doing any harm to good bacteria we want to keep in the gut.
Here are 5 things to help you smoothly work through this process:
1. Go Slow
We know you want the yeast out - so do we. But adding extra coconut oil in every day will NOT get you closer, and can have adverse effects on your dog's stomach and gut. Follow our individualized portion recommendations carefully.
2. Don't Cave
This period of pain is tough for you and pup. It can be hard to watch him suffer, then proceed to give him another dose of coconut oil the next day. Stay strong, stay committed, and in a few weeks you'll have a brand new dog.
3. Extra Liquids
For best results, divide your daily dose between two meals and provide extra liquids (i.e. water, ice cubes, dog-approved bone broth) to help flush the dead cells and toxins out.
4. Add then Subtract
Coconut oil comes with extra calories. As you add it into your dog's food, make sure to subtract the same amount of food calories out. Overeating can create additional gut imbalance issues.
5. No Antibiotics
While coconut oil discriminates between good and bad bacteria, antibiotics do not. Seeing this Herxheimer Reaction may make your vet want to put your dog on antibiotics, but DON'T! Talk with us first, we'll help you understand. Antibiotics will start our entire process back at zero, so before you pop a pill, shoot us a message.
Why Not Just a Probiotic?
Most companies just give you a probiotic chew, and leave you expecting a beautifully curated gut. Good luck.
That's like trying to clean a swimming pool covered in algae by putting more water in it. Only in this case, the algae actually repopulate faster than your hose can add water.
You need a yeast elimination process first. Then you're ready to add billions of the right kind of bacteria, and let them repopulate.
You cannot skip steps and hope for success. Follow each step carefully, and your dog will be bright and shiny before you know it!