Similar to us, cats and dogs can have sensitive stomachs. Here’s what you need to know about feeding them for their best health.
Dogs with sensitive stomachs
A common misconception is that dogs can eat anything. However pet parents who’ve had to clean up vomit and diarrhoea after their dog has raided the garbage or pantry will know better! In fact, even food formulated for dogs can have a negative effect on pets with a food intolerance. For example, some dogs are especially sensitive to certain ingredients and have a gastrointestinal reaction each time they consume this ingredient. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may vomit frequently or regularly have loose stools and runny poos. If you notice that your dog has a change in their appetite, a change in their bowel movements and is losing weight, it is important that you consult with your local Greencross Vets. They may recommend a new diet for your dog that does not contain the ingredient that your dog is sensitive to and this can help to alleviate their digestive problems.
Which dog food is best for a sensitive stomach?
To relieve the symptoms of a sensitive stomach it is possible your vet will recommend a change in diet. Generally when transitioning your dog to a new diet it is recommended to do it slowly over 10-14 days and this can be especially important with a dog with a sensitive stomach.
Depending on the cause of your dog’s stomach issue, your Greencross vet will be able to guide you in the right direction of dog food that suits their unique circumstance. Petbarn has a variety of dog food formulations available that can aid sensitive stomachs. These dog food formulations put a focus on the ingredients that will limit issues. They aid digestion and feature additional antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to ensure dogs with sensitive stomachs receive complete and balanced nutrition that does not trigger their sensitivities.
Cats with sensitive stomachs
Cats can develop sensitive stomachs for a number of reasons. Reactions to ingredients in their food is the most common cause. Similar to dogs, if you are seeing signs of tummy upsets it’s very important you check in with your local Greencross Vets to diagnose the cause. Symptoms to watch out for include diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite and weight loss. Often simply changing your cat’s diet and removing the ingredient that’s causing their stomach upsets will soon improve your cat’s health and the quality of poo they’re producing.
Which cat food is best for a sensitive stomach?
There are certain ingredients that some cats can’t digest properly. For example despite popular belief, milk isn’t the best for cats. Your Greencross vet will recommend you the most suitable cat foods for those with a sensitive stomach. At Petbarn, we have wet and dry cat foods that are specifically formulated for cats with sensitive stomachs. The ingredients used are of high-quality and chosen as they are gentle on tummies. The formulas are also tailored so they include additional vitamins and minerals to make sure your cat is getting everything they need.
For more advice on choosing the right pet food for your cat or dog that suits their age, breed, lifestyle and health issues, chat to your local Petbarn team member.