Best puppy food for sensitive stomachs
Best puppy food for sensitive stomachs
Is your pup eating grass? Looking a little lethargic? They may very well be suffering from a sensitive stomach. Have no fear, we’ve got caring for a poorly pup at home down to a T. We investigate recognising poorly tummies, the best puppy food for sensitive stomachs and caring for your pet at home.
The medical bit
- As with human babies, a little bit of vomiting does not necessarily indicate that your pup is unwell. However, your puppy regurgitating food, frequent vomiting or vomiting accompanied with any of the symptoms below may call for a change in diet.
- As with vomiting, loose stools needn’t be a cause for concern if only occasional and unaccompanied by other symptoms. However, excessive diarrhoea can indicate your pup is suffering from a sensitive stomach.
- Whilst it may be common practise to blame the dog for any nasty smells, excessive flatulence can be an indicator of a sensitive stomach. Whilst gas can be caused by simply eating too fast, flatulence can be caused by more serious gastrointestinal illnesses.
- Eating grass. If your pup is experiencing the tummy grumbles, then due to their survival instincts they may very well start eating grass. Grass is a natural remedy for a sensitive stomach so don’t be alarmed – however, this is not the ideal puppy food and the blades can tickle their stomach lining resulting in vomiting.
- Loss of ‘spark’. In this early stage of life, your pup should be a bundle of energy which is why a lethargic behaviour is a pretty clear indicator as to if your puppy is feeling unwell.
Just like symptoms may present themselves in many ways, there are many causes for a sensitive stomach. Amongst the most common causes are:
- Certain brands of dog food are notorious for being full or allergens; dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, soya, pork etc. Allergies may present themselves in many forms, including the symptoms listed above as well as skin irritations and infections. For this reason, hypoallergenic puppy food is always a good idea. Read more about allergies & dog grooming here.
- Parasites & bacteria. Parasites and bacteria can manifest in many ways, from something as simple as leaving wet puppy food out during the day. Parasites such as roundworms or tapeworms will need medical attention from your vet.
- Gastrointestinal diseases. There are numerous gastrointestinal illnesses that a pup can develop such as Colitis (inflammation of the Colon lining), gastroenteritis (inflammation/infection of the gastrointestinal tract) and small intestinal malabsorption (inflammation of small intestine resulting in impaired nutrient absorption)
- Pancreatitis is often a result of too many fatty foods and table scraps. Learning to say no to those puppy dog eyes is no easy feat, but what’s more important than your pup’s health?
- Stomach ulcers. Accidental poisoning is the leading cause of stomach and intestinal ulcers in dogs. This poisoning may be caused by plants, pesticides, chemicals and more. So keep an eye out where your dog is sniffin’.
If you’re looking for the best quality puppy food UK to put a stop to these puppy tummy upsets then continue reading.
What to do
Whilst some of the causes listed above might sound scary, a lot of the time the solution may be simple. That in mind, for chronic and severe symptoms we always recommend visiting your local vet. However, for acute problems, there are a couple of dietary solutions which may very well be all it takes to get your pup back on their feet again.
A simple solution… Food glorious food!
Legitimate sensitive puppy food can be hard to come by and that’s because there is a hell of a lot of brands that use words and phrases such as ‘natural puppy food’ and ‘hypoallergenic’. But how do we decipher which foods to trust? Let’s see our options:
Dry puppy food
Wet puppy food
Raw puppy food
Our conclusion? Dry puppy food ratings indicate that this is the best food for your pup. Moreover, particular brands (a-heck-hem) formulate recipes specifically to include all the best stuff, without the irritants. For grain allergies, a grain-free alternative makes great puppy food for a poorly pooch.
It doesn’t stop there – not only does hypoallergenic pet food prevent allergies, but it has also been proven to improve wider health.
Transitioning a pup’s diet shouldn’t prove too difficult. At this young age, puppies are susceptible to trying out all sorts of new things. To introduce a new diet simply follow the steps below:
Monitoring the effectiveness of a new diet
In order to monitor the effectiveness of your pup’s new diet you may want to consider how much you are putting in their bowl, how much leftovers your pup leaves (if your pup is anything like my dog, there won’t be a spec!), if there are any symptoms immediately after eating and finally, monitoring old symptoms (have they improved/worsened etc).
If diet is the problem, then you should start seeing results within a short period of time as the old nasty food leaves your pup’s body. With a stomach full of hypoallergenic puppy food, your pup will not only be looking better on the outside but feeling better on the inside too!
So, what can you be doing in the meantime? In order to care for a poorly pup you need to:
Give them frequent access to clean, fresh water. If your puppy is experiencing episodes of vomiting and diarrhoea then providing access to water is key to avoid dehydration. NB: if your dog immediately does experience vomiting and diarrhoea after drinking, contact your vet.
Limit playtime. Puppies do have a lot of energy, but that doesn’t mean they always know what’s best for them. Humans need lots of rest when poorly and puppies are just the same. Taking your dog out on their lead a couple of times a day will provide them with a healthy amount of exercise whilst recovering from an upset stomach.
Keep them comfy. Keeping them comfy means making sure they’re in a peaceful environment. Think fluffed up pillows, natural lighting and little background noise. By creating this environment puppies can remain calm and focus on getting themselves better.
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