Does your dog have a sensitive stomach?
Feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach can be tricky. How do you know what to feed and what not to feed? You want to help them feel better, but how?
Most of the prepackaged dry foods have fillers that take up space but don’t contribute to your dog’s nutrition. And, even worse, many of these foods have been proven to have ingredients and all kinds of contaminants that at the least do no good and could very possibly be fatal.
Even if they aren’t technically harmful, the chemicals necessary for the preparation of the food, as well as many of the fillers, can cause allergies for your dog. Although you don’t know they are there, your dog’s body finds them and reacts.
Figuring out a problem
When I was growing up, we fed our dogs “dog food.” The hard brown chunks that came in a big bag. Options were few, and we didn’t know any better. Although I am not an expert, I know I want to feed our dogs well, and I also know when I see a problem develop.
We started cooking for our dogs after getting tired of hearing about one recall after another and not knowing just what was in the food we gave our dogs. Home prepared foods can be a bit time consuming, but at least we know what we’re feeding and can adjust as needed. It seems that these foods also work when you’re feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach.
When we rescued Lincoln, we knew it was going to be challenging. He was 12 pounds under his ideal weight and needed a diet that helped him look and feel his best. We were feeding home raised beef, rice, fresh veggies, eggs, etc.
We started out feeding him just like our other dogs, but a little bit more. Before long, he was throwing up almost daily. Then his appetite dropped to almost nothing, and he looked like he was miserable.
We found out that we were feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach.
It was time to go to the vet and see if we could figure out how to help. It turns out some dogs, especially herding breeds, as in his case, have trouble with higher fat proteins. The vet told us we should feed him a rigorous diet to clear things up.
At first, we fed boiled skinless chicken or canned fish, cottage cheese, green beans, pumpkin, and brown rice. That’s it. We kept him on that diet for 90 days. Not an easy thing. No extra treats, no straying from the 5 things, so we didn’t confuse our results.
It worked. Lincoln stopped vomiting, having diarrhea, and stomach pain. He even started gaining weight, which is a good thing since when we got him, he was 20% under his ideal weight.
Now he looks pretty good; his weight is just as it should be. We’ve also expanded his diet just a little. We have to use caution since we’re feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach.
We’ve added scrambled (no fat added) eggs, fruits like banana, apple, or watermelon, as well as vegetables like zucchini or sweet potatoes. No vomiting or other GI issues unless we stray from our limited diet.
I try to give him various things and certainly need to study some more about making sure we meet all his vitamin and mineral requirements, but it seems we are finally on the right track.
Are you feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach?
It can be a challenge, but managing a diet can make a big difference and let your dog live a happy, healthy life. It’s worth the extra work. There are many theories about helping your dog, so some experimentation will probably be needed. Read more about feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach in this post from Topdogtips.com.
Have you had to deal with diet issues like fat intolerance or food allergies? Tell me about it in the comments below.