Dogs’ Digestive Discomfort

What to do and how to prevent it?

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Dogs’ Digestive Discomfort

Understanding digestive discomfort in dogs is crucial for their overall health and development. That is why this article aims to provide insights into the most common digestive issues in dogs and offer tips on how to get rid of discomfort and maintain digestive health.

The most common digestive issues

Similar to humans, dogs can experience occasional episodes of stomach upset, due to various reasons, including sudden dietary changes or ingesting something harmful. Symptoms of such upsets can vary, depending on the level of seriousness, but the most common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and swollen stomach that is sensitive to pressure. Another cause of discomfort can be intolearances or allergies. Nowadays, more and more dogs develop nutrition-related intolerances or allergies.

Certain ingredients in their diet, such as grains, dairy, or certain proteins, can trigger digestive issues that can lead to weight loss, diarrhea and skin irritations. Gastrointestinal inflammation and gastrointestinal infection are more serious diseases that requires immediate veterinary treatment. Symptoms like dehydration, weight loss, vomiting, blood in feces can lead to life threatening situation surprisingly fast.

Effective ways to eliminate digestive discomfort

If your dog is experiencing persistent or severe digestive issues, consult a veterinarian for a thorough examination, diagnosis and treatment plan. You can also get in touch with a canine nutrition specialist who can rule out underlying health problems, and provide meal plans tailored to your dog’s needs. In cases of food intolerances or allergies, switching to a hypoallergenic diet can help to put an end to digestive discomfort.

But before that, 6-8 weeks of elimination diet is recommended. Choose food items your dog has never eaten before and feed this „new food” for 6-8 weeks to see if the symptoms disappear. After that you can gradually introduce new items to your dog’s diet, but always keep an eye on the reactions. Stomach issues often occur during puppyhood when switching food, so gradual food transition is very important. Probiotics can also help a lot to reduce digestive discomfort. These tiny microorganisms can help to maintain a balanced gut flora, and enzymes aid in the breakdown of food.

It’s very important to provide your dogs a dog-friendly food of their own, and try to avoid table scraps. Why? Because some human food items (like chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, avocado) can be toxic for dogs. If you are making peanut butter cookies for your dogs, always use organic peanut butter and check the label. Xylithol or birch sugar is often used by peanut butter manufacturers but it’s highly toxic and can lead to serious health issues even in small amounts.

Did you know? Just like in case of humans, stress and anxiety can impact a dog’s digestive health. Providing a relaxed environment, regular exercise, and supplements to help manage stress levels are a great way to avoid digestive discomfort.

In conclusion, by being making well-informed decisions about the diet, providing appropriate care, and implementing necessary lifestyle changes, pet parents can help to get rid of digestive issues and ensure their furry friends lead a happy, and balanced lives. Remember, if you have concerns about your dog’s digestive health, always consult with a veterinarian and dog nutrition specialist.

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