As a dog owner, you’ve probably no doubt encountered a pet that just seems to inhale their food. For one reason or another some breeds of dog just can’t eat fast enough and although they may look like they’re enjoying it at the time this behavior may not actually be good for them.
Just like us humans, pets who seem to eat their food without even chewing it may sometimes be doing themselves more harm than good. Not only are they potentially bloating themselves but by eating so quickly your dog may also start to run into digestion issues as well.
Obviously, as pet owners, we have our dog’s health and safety at the forefront of our mind almost constantly and any way to encourage a change in behavior that improves their health is always a bonus.
However, indigestion is just one of your worries when it comes to digestion issues affecting your dog. Unfortunately, at one time or another, it is likely your dog may be affected by stomach problems. Just like humans this is almost normal and shouldn’t be cause for immediate concern, although we do always recommend consulting a veterinarian if symptoms persist.
If you believe that your pet’s woes may be connected to a cause such as not digesting their food properly then there are a number of tactics for you to try in order to avoid the issues. With this in mind, we wanted to put together our top three tips for helping your dog’s digestion. Some of them may sound obvious, or just pure common sense but hopefully even if just one turns out as an effective solution it will be the end of both you and your pet’s worries.
Walking your dog regularly can have a hugely positive impact on your pet’s digestive system. Particularly effective at relieving constipation, aiding their digestion is just one of the benefits on offer when it comes to walking your dog.
We won’t go into these in too much detail as you’ve probably heard them a thousand times but setting a schedule and sticking to it when it comes to walks is very much recommended. A walk after your dog has eaten is particularly effective in terms of helping them digest their food and if you sync your mealtimes in line with your dog’s you are also getting the same benefit as well.
Improving Your Dog’s Diet
It seems like more than ever, as consumers we are extremely conscious of what we eat. This also goes for the ingredients that go into the food we feed our dogs as well. It is obviously a good thing, no longer do we blindly accept that everything we buy from the supermarket is good for us and your dog’s diet could well be the main culprit for any digestion issues they’re facing.
You may be surprised at the effect just slightly altering your dog’s diet can have. Whether you look to ditch traditional products in favor of healthy alternatives or replace grains that may be causing them allergy issues, you could notice a big upturn in their overall health and mood.
Grain and corn intolerance amount to 10% of all allergies diagnosed by vets and it is extremely common for these ingredients to be included in many traditional dog food products. Just by making a small change by cutting these out could well be noticeable.
Slow Feed Elevated Dog Bowls
This last tip differs slightly from the first two given but can be just as effective as those already mentioned. Once you have explored your pet’s diet and are happy with the quality of the food they’re eating the next factor to consider is the bowl they eat out of.
This may sound like a strange point to raise, surely what your dog eats out of doesn’t really matter at all? However, this isn’t necessarily true and certain types of dog bowls have been found to be particularly helpful in aiding digestion issues as well as offering other benefits as well.
Elevated dog bowls encourage the movement of food from your dog’s mouth to their stomach, mainly because they don’t have to bend so much to eat. This, in turn, puts less strain on your dog’s neck and back, helping their posture in the process.
Elevated dog bowls also come in ‘slow feed’ variations. This type of dog bowl creates an impediment to your dog eating too quickly by limiting the amount of food they can fit into their mouth every bite. This is done by incorporating ridges or other barriers within the bowl that break up its surface. Slow feed bowls have been found extremely effective at combating digestion issues and if combined with improving your dog’s diet and can have a profound impact on how they eat and ultimately digest their food.
Stomach issues really aren’t pleasant for either you or your dog and we know as an owner it can be horrible having to scramble around for a solution to these worries.
We hope the tips in this article can help you think differently about treating digestion issues and who knows if incorporated into your dog’s routine could act as a deterrent of future issues as well as an immediate relief.
As well as being a professional pet groomer, Jenny Nolan enjoys splitting her time between looking after her lovable dogs and a little too much time shopping for vintage clothing! As well as that she contributes to family-run blog cleanerpaws.com along with Mom Sue.