My brother's dog suffers from a squeaky stomach. You know those crazy noises that come from the dog’s belly after it eats? He didn’t give it much thought at first but after a recent trip to the vet, he discovered it was my dog’s food. After some research and tests with different types of dog food, he finally found a brand that doesn’t bother her stomach.
I’m hoping this article* on finding pet food for dogs with sensitive stomachs helps others:
All dog owners know how horrible it is when your beloved pooch is under the weather. It’s easy to know when they aren’t feeling well. They aren’t as playful; they don’t have that same enthusiasm for life as all dogs exemplify. Stomach related issues are often the most common dog ailment, and it’s your job to not only help relieve the symptoms but also avoid them from reoccurring.
If the stomach issue is new or an ongoing issue, you should try to find out if there is a medical condition that needs to be dealt with. A veterinarian will examine your dog for any underlying medical conditions that can be the root of your pooch's stomach problems. After a few tests, the vet will be able to tell you if your dog's stomach problems are due to a health problem or it in fact has a sensitive stomach. In most instances, your dog's food is often the root of the issue.
You don't want to see your poor puppy not feeling from well from an upset tummy so be sure he or she a healthy and well managed diet. Your dog's food plays an important role in its overall health. It’s easy to think that all dog food is the same; it looks and smells the same for the most part which is why dog owners need to carefully check the ingredients. Some dogs’ stomachs can better handle certain ingredients than others.
If your dog has any kind of problems with food, then I’m sure you are aware know that trying to feed them something that won’t upset their digestion or affect their health can be confusing, complicated and time-consuming. Look for dog food with ingredients such as salmon, tuna, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and duck. These ingredients are easy to digest, provide essential nutrients and proteins, and most importantly, taste delicious, at least your dog thinks they do.
Dog food manufacturers also sympathetic to your dog’s problem and are making food specifically designed for dogs with food allergies and stomach problems. Some of these formulas include Purina ONE Sensitive Systems Dry Dog Food, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dry Dog food, and ProPlan Sensitive Stomach Dry Dog Food. Even dogs with perfectly healthy stomachs benefit from the all natural ingredients of some of these above mentioned formulas.
Your next step involves the placement of your dog's feeder bowl. Pet experts recommend raising your dog's food bowl off the floor. By elevating the placement of your dog’s food, the dog doesn't have to bend over or lower itself to eat which can cause gas problems in its stomach. Elevated feeders help ease gas pressure on the stomach and aid the digestive process.
Now that you're found a healthy food and a suitable sized dog feeder, your last step is to slowly introduce the new food into your dog's diet. It is recommended you mix the new food in with the old food, with less and less of the old food over time. Sudden changes in your dog's diet can sometimes cause digestive problems. It won't be long before you begin to notice a change in your pooch’s health and attitude.
*Published on Petfood.com.