At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital and Emergency, we care about your pets just as much as you do. We know that some dogs have sensitive stomachs, and that it means they need special care from both their pet owners and vets. Knowing the best kind of food to feed dogs with sensitive stomachs as well as having the support and knowledge of a team of experts behind you can help ensure your dog stays healthy and happy.
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from sensitive stomachs for a variety of reasons. It’s important to get your dog checked out by a professional veterinarian to rule out any serious health problems and to try and identify what’s causing your dog to suffer from a sensitive stomach. Not only will this step help guarantee the safety of your pet, but it will also mean your vet can make specific recommendations if needed and make the overall process easier.
Sometimes, deciding what foods not to feed your dog is just as important as figuring out what to feed them. Start by eliminating any extra food items you might be sneaking into your dog’s diet such as people food, treats, and extra table scraps. Though it might be tempting to give your dog treats throughout the day, eliminating these foods can help you identify your dog’s stomach sensitivity.
It’s also important to thoroughly check your house and yard to make sure your dog isn’t getting into the trash or eating something they shouldn’t without you knowing it. If these changes don’t do the trick and your dog is still experiencing stomach sensitivity issues, then it means it’s time to look into their primary diet. This step might require a little trial and error in order to best identify what kind of food is best for your dog.
Protein sources can be a trigger for dogs with sensitive stomachs, so try looking for a brand of dog food that uses a different protein source than your norm. Many dog food brands are chicken-based, so look into brands that use beef, lamb, or fish.
Looking for food that contains sources of fiber is also good for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Just like their human owners, dogs rely on fiber to keep their digestive systems working like they should. Many brands of dog food offer formulas with added fiber to help with this issue.
Fat is another contributing factor to how a dog’s stomach is able to tolerate food, and brands that contain too much fat can cause issues. Be sure to read the ingredient list and also pay attention to the fat percentage that is listed on the label.
The overall quality of dog food is also extremely important for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Quality makes a difference in terms of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients your dog will receive from the food. With so many brands and varieties available on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best food for your dog. Only choose trusted brands, and do your research about the ingredients used and their sources. Sticking to dog foods that focus on natural ingredients can also be beneficial to dogs with sensitive stomachs.
With so many factors that can impact your dog’s sensitive stomach, keeping your vet involved is the most critical step. Your vet can advise you on how to find a diet that is best suited for your dog’s individual needs, and help you sort through the overwhelming number of dog food brands on the market.
At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital and Emergency we provide the highest quality care for your dogs, as well as all of your pets. We have years of expertise dealing with pet stomach sensitivity issues, and we can help make both you and your dog’s lives easier. As the most trusted choice in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and areas nearby Ventura County, you can trust that your beloved pets are in the best possible hands. We offer a wide range of services for pets both big and small, and we can’t wait to help you and your pets live healthier, happier lives.