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5 tips for a good diet!

Does your dog regularly suffer from digestive disorders (vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence)? If the vet has already ruled out an underlying illness, it’s a sign that your pet has a particularly sensitive stomach or difficult digestion. Here’s How To Fix It!

1. Consider Food Allergy or Intolerance

It is not uncommon for dogs that are used to loose stools to actually be allergic or intolerant to certain foods. Usually it is a protein (chicken, beef, egg, lamb, fish, wheat, soya, maize, dairy products…). But the cause of an eating disorder can also be an excess of fat in the diet or a lack of fiber, vitamins or minerals.

To check that your dog does not have a food allergy or intolerance, all you need to do is change your diet. For example, if you usually feed him chicken nuggets, switch to beef or lamb nuggets.

Be careful though, this food transition must happen gradually, in fourteen days. The target? Avoid aggravating your dog’s digestive problems!

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Good to know : with a food allergy, in addition to digestive disorders, the animal also tends to show other symptoms, such as recurrent infections of the skin and ears or even excessive itching.

2. Choose a food especially for sensitive dogs

There are now food products specially developed for dogs with a sensitive stomach. They are usually low in fat and fiber intended to firm up the stool. But also probiotics to introduce so-called “healthy” bacteria into the gut.

When choosing your dog’s new food, also remember to check that this is it adapted to his age, their health status and their activity level. And above all that it is of superior quality! When in doubt, do not hesitate to seek advice from your veterinarian.

3. Ban candy and table scraps

If the digestive symptoms persist, the cause of these disorders may lie elsewhere than in your dog’s daily diet. For example, do you have the habit of regularly giving him treats and/or leftovers?

If so, try to ban, or at least drastically reduce, this behavior. In addition, as advised byAKC, Think about make sure he doesn’t eat anything other than his meals during the day. Indeed, it could, without your knowledge, have a tendency to eat grass or rummage in the trash…

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4. Split Your Meals

Some dogs find it difficult to digest too much food at once. In fact, it is highly recommended to divide your dog’s daily ration into several portions. So give him two or three meals a day (morning, afternoon and evening for example) instead of just one.

Be careful though, more meals means no more eating ! The daily amount you feed your dog should be the same as before.

5. Add rice to your diet

Rice is known to have the benefit of firming stools! It can therefore be useful to give it to your dog during a period of diarrhea, but also afterwards. However, if you decide to include rice in your daily diet, make sure it is in small amounts. And don’t forget to recalculate his daily ration to avoid weight gain!

In addition, keep in mind that rice should always be white, cooked and without herbs to be fed to your dog safely!

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