Some dogs have sensitive digestion, which means they need a food that gives them all the nutrition they need without upsetting their stomachs. Find out more about sensitive digestion in your dog.
Your dog deserves the healthiest digestive system possible, and when his stomach is happy, it will show. When he is fed a tasty diet which provides him with all the nutrients he needs he’ll be eating happily, thriving, growing, and making the most of life. However, all dogs are different and some have delicate digestive systems.
70% of your dog’s immune cells are found in here, protecting his body from toxins and creating a barrier between him and harmful microbes. Providing your dog with all the nutrients he needs enables his protective systems to work efficiently to protect himself.
The digestive system also has the job of absorbing nutrients from food, converting them into energy and excreting anything indigestible. Some dogs get the nutritional value they need from a normal adult dog food, whilst others, if they have sensitive digestion, may benefit from a sensitive digestion dog food. To keep your dog healthy and enjoying life to the fullest, it’s important his digestive system works well.
That’s why PURINA® PRO PLAN® DOG have created OPTIDIGEST™, a blend of nutrients adjusted for different ages and sizes of dog, which can be fed to dogs and puppies with sensitive digestion.
DOES YOUR DOG HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH?
If you suspect your dog has a sensitive stomach, there are two main things to look out for. These are abnormal stools, or a reaction to a new food.
If your dog’s stools are frequently soft and poorly formed, a sensitive stomach could be the cause.
Every dog occasionally has diarrhoea and loose stools, which are both a sign of microflora imbalance. This often settles down by itself and is nothing to worry about. However, when it is more frequent, it might be the sign of a food intolerance or allergy. If this might be the case, visit your vet to get your dog examined.
2. INTRODUCING A NEW DIET
When you change your dog’s diet, it’s best to do it gradually so he can get used to all the new ingredients. However, if even a slow change leads to flatulence or diarrhoea, it may be a sign of intolerance towards something in the new food.
If this is the case, there are lots of types of dog food for sensitive stomachs that may be suitable for your pet. Ask your vet for more information.