Dogs with sensitive stomachs or gastrointestinal problems often display symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting, both of which are clear signs that your dog isn’t feeling well. Your dog’s upset tummy can be just as upsetting for you, particularly if you don’t know what’s causing it. The good news is that, if it’s something in their diet, there are steps you can take to get them feeling better. Read more to find out the possible causes and solutions for sensitive stomachs.
Just as there’s a wide range of human allergies, there are different dog food intolerances that your dog could have. For example, most dogs have some level of lactose intolerance, which means they can’t digest the sugar found in cow’s milk. For this reason it is not recommended to feed dogs any dairy products. Dogs can also be affected by the gluten in wheat.
Vets tell us that other common dog food intolerances are:
At James Wellbeloved we make hypoallergenic dog food by carefully choosing our ingredients to avoid these common allergens.
Another common problem is poorly digested starch. Starch is a fantastic energy source for dogs, but they can’t digest it fully unless it has been properly cooked. Poor digestion of starches can lead to a fibre imbalance. Symptoms of a fibre imbalance include:
Dogs need both soluble and insoluble fibres, but they must be balanced properly.
If you’re ever unsure, it’s always good to visit a vet to find out exactly what food intolerances your dog may have. Sometimes these stomach sensitivities can change during your dog’s lifetime.
If your dog doesn’t have a specific intolerance, the best solution is simple and effective food. Perhaps it’s time to consider carefully transitioning your dog onto a new diet.
Go for specially made sensitive dog food that is naturally hypoallergenic. The recipes should be simple, without too many ingredients. Check that the ingredients contain high-quality, and natural materials such as:
If the recipe cooks the main starches thoroughly, it will make a digestible sensitive stomach dog food. Alternatively, high-quality grain free diets may also be a good option if your dog has a sensitive stomach, so why not try a grain-free recipe with your dog.
Finally, the correct balance of fibres is what make the best dog food for sensitive stomachs. It’s important to maintain a healthy gut for your dog by feeding a balanced diet with the right amount of fibres to help them produce regular and firm stools.
These are really simple and obvious answers to the problem of upset tummies but we know that they are extraordinarily effective. That’s why we provide a great range of for sensitive stomachs and we have reviews from grateful owners to testify to the success of our naturally simple approach.
If your dog is suffering from an upset tummy, introduce them slowly to James Wellbeloved foods and you should expect to see an improvement in a matter of weeks. In the case you don’t, the problem may be more serious, so you should see your vet. Don’t make any changes to your dog’s diet without consulting a vet first, and ensure that any changes you make are gradual. Suddenly changing your dog’s diet can cause further tummy upset.