Most dogs have digestive problems from time to time. Symptoms can range from lethargy and loss of appetite to diarrhea and vomiting, lasting between a few hours or a few days. If the problem persists for more than 24 hours, you should seek advice from your veterinarian.
Fortunately, digestive problems are often due to your dog eating something he should not have eaten. Dogs are curious and often discover new things by sniffing or tasting them. Thus, they inevitably come in contact with germs and bacteria, chewing or eating an object. If your dog is healthy and a puppy has developed a robust digestive system and a strong immune system, such incidents will have little or no effect, if any.
SUPPORT THE HEALTHY DIGESTION OF YOUR DOG
The digestive system of a dog is quite different from ours. Since dogs can be very different in size, their diet must not only be adapted to their life phase, but also to their breed size. Since they are descended from predators such as the wolf, their digestive system is significantly shorter than ours, about six times compared to their body length. This means that they need a diet that can be easily digested within the 7-10 hours a meal takes to pass through the digestive tract. By taking care of your dog’s digestive system, you help him maintain his optimal physical condition and support him in a long and active life.
The best food you can give him is a high-quality dog food that is specially tailored to his nutritional needs. When choosing food, also look for ingredients such as antioxidants (eg: vitamins E and C), prebiotics, and tooth-cleaning minerals.
HIGHLY DIGESTIBLE FEED
Some fiber is recommended to promote the health of the colon, but dogs are carnivores and therefore have a digestive system that is best adapted to animal proteins and fats. Feed with a high proportion of high-quality animal proteins supports a good digestion and thus helps it to stay in optimal body condition.
If a feed contains a higher amount of ingredients that can not be digested by your dog, they will be fermented in the gut and can lead to bloating, loose stools and occasionally diarrhea. High-quality dog food is especially designed for high digestibility.
DIETARY FIBER TO AID DIGESTION
A natural fiber such as beet pulp supports your dog’s intestinal health and digestion by transporting the feed through the intestine. Prebiotic fiber such as FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) promote the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria – similar to some yogurts for human consumption – to help maintain the natural balance of the gut and support a healthy immune system.
You should make sure that your dog’s food does not contain too much fiber. It should not be more than 5%, otherwise nutrient intake may decrease. A consistently firm stool is the simplest sign of healthy digestion.
REWARD PROPERLY WITH TREAT
Excessive or disproportionate use of treats can harm your dog. Introducing other foods as part of the diet or as a treat can overwhelm your dog’s digestive system or cause it to stop working – with similarly unpleasant consequences.
Milk can be harmful and chocolate is poisonous to your dog. Many commercial treats are very caloric and could soon lead to weight gain. Most dogs enjoy one or two croquettes of their usual food, if you give them the word “treat”!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Our motto, to keep the digestion of your dog healthy and to make him happy, is “regular”. Unlike us, dogs do not need a change in their diet: they are enthusiastic about the same meal day in and day out. Feed your dog the same amount of high quality food regularly at the same time, and he will be far less susceptible to stomach problems – like an effective machine that works best with the source of energy it was designed for.