Dogs can develop certain issues that lead to gastrointestinal (GI) problems, making it difficult for them to eat typical pet food. Many diseases can cause this medical condition so it’s important that owners of dogs with GI problems understand the different natural alternatives that they can feed their pooches.
To figure out the best food and treatment plan for your pup, it’s best to bring it to the vet’s office where the vet will be able to figure out what’s causing the problem. Issues can range from food reactions and food allergies to inflammatory bowl disease, colitis or fiber-responsive diarrhea. The vet will also need to address what the GI disease is affecting. It could be causing issues in the stomach, the small intestine, the colon or all three. You will need to tell the vet if your pup has any other health conditions such as kidney disease or liver problems that could also be affecting its eating.
Once a diagnosis is made, the vet will give you different options of commercial pet food that might help reduce your dog’s unpleasant symptoms. Finding the perfect brand and type of food might take some trial and error, so you’ll need to watch your pup during and after its meals to see how it is reacting.
The best option to look for is a kibble that is simple, with pure ingredients and no fillers. Look for a brand that is highly digestible. Digestibility is measured by how easily the nutrients in a food are broken down and then absorbed in the body. If your dog’s current food isn’t highly digestible it might cause its GI disease to flare up. Options such as Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet Canned Dog Food or Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements Dry Dog Food might work to help your pup cope with a sensitive GI tract. Canidae is made of 80 percent lean protein and 20 percent fruits and vegetables, meaning it has zero grains or unhealthy fillers.
You should also make sure the kibble you select has a low fat level. Fat-rich diets tend to slow down the stomach emptying process which can be troubling for a dog with a GI disease. The longer the food remains in the stomach, the higher the chances the dog will have diarrhea or vomiting. A weight loss kibble like Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Dry Dog Food uses only lean meats and is low in fat.
After you find a food that works for your pup, you might want to think about starting it on pet drugs or daily omega-3 rich supplements to help keep inflammation in the GI system down. Supplements like Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet is a pure source of omega-3 and offers other benefits such as helping to support healthy cells, skin and coat, heart, brain and joints.