Does your dog whine often for no apparent reason? Do they often experience loose stools, bad gas or bloating? Do they vomit easily? Can you hear their stomach gurgling or churning every so often? If your dog experiences some or all of these symptoms, they could have digestive issues that are causing them irritation and discomfort. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to help your dog feel better by simply making a few easy changes at home.
Supplement With Vitamins or Probiotics
If your dog suffers from a digestive imbalance, they may benefit from taking dog probiotics or vitamin supplements that are specifically designed for canines. These products are typically easy to administer in the form of a tasty snack, and are full of the nutrients your dog needs to put their digestive system back in working order. As an added bonus, some formulas can help improve their immune system and reduce joint pain.
Start a Grain-Free Diet
Dogs are carnivores, so their bodies aren’t equipped to digest many grains well. Unfortunately, some dog foods contain high amounts of grain. Even rice and oat can still be irritating to a dog’s stomach, so switch to a grain-free diet to help your dog feel their best. Be sure to switch not only their food, but treats as well, and don’t offer any table food or scraps made with grains.
Reduce Stress as Much as Possible
Stressful situations can worsen an already irritated stomach, so take steps to make sure your dog feels safe and relaxed at all times. Place their bed and food in locations where they feel comfortable letting their guard down. Give them plenty of attention and affection and ensure they’re receiving enough exercise. Avoid stressors that may trigger nerves in your dog, such as certain public settings, too many new people or unnecessary trips away from home. You may even want to invest in an anxiety wrap if your dog exhibits signs of consistent fear or anxiety.
If these simple modifications don’t improve your dog’s digestive health, be sure to see your vet promptly.