No one likes a stomach ache. Food doesn’t always sit right with us, or for our dogs. Just like us, different foods and habits can lead our dogs to feeling bloated or uncomfortable. Although having gas and flatulence are normal, excessive digestion issues can be a problem. Fortunately, there’s ways you can help your dog have a happy tummy again! Below, we wanted to share why your dog may have digestion trouble and different ways you can help make it better.
Here are some potential reasons that your dog may have digestion issues, like gas or irregular stools:
A high fat diet
Hard-digesting foods in the diet
Eating too quickly
Lack of exercise
Change in diet
A gastrointestinal disease or virus
A diet filled with beans, soy, milk, wheat, spices, or high-fiber
How can you help your pup that’s experiencing some tummy trouble? First, bring your dog to the vet to rule out any potentially serious conditions. From there you can begin to make changes in his daily life that will make him feel much better! Here are some things you can do to help a stomach under stress:
Keep the fat in his diet low
Purchase dog food with simple ingredients – if you can easily pronounce what’s in it, it should be easy for your dog to digest
Exercise with your dog daily
Serve smaller portions and monitor intake
Find out if he has an allergy or sensitivity to certain meats or dairy products
Purchase a probiotic to help your dog digest food easier. Ark Naturals sells Gentle Digest capsules and soft chews, which promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria by helping to aid digestion by breaking down food into nutrients that can be easily absorbed. Gentle Digest contains prebiotics and probiotics. Probiotics provide a source of beneficial intestinal bacteria and help to encourage their growth, whereas prebiotics help stimulate the growth and/or activity of probiotics. Gentle Digest is helpful for periodic issues with gas, flatulence, smelly and irregular stools. It also works great for senior dogs who may be stressed.
It might take some trial and error to determine the cause of the gas or stomach troubles, but it’ll be worth it when the air has cleared, and your pup is happy again!
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