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Top tips to maintain healthy digestive function in pets

animal therapy magazineWith the promise of warmer weather, summer can mean longer walks and fun days out with your pet. As dogs can be especially curious, more access to the outside can sometimes lead to them picking up objects that they shouldn’t, which could give your dog an upset tummy.

As a pet owner it is important to understand how to support and maintain healthy digestive function for your dog to prevent unwanted trips to the vet. Maintaining healthy digestive function also helps your canine friend to live a healthy and happy life.

There are a number of causes that can affect your dog’s digestion. These can include: eating spoiled food, scavenging, food intolerance, bacteria imbalance, change of diet, stress or parasites. Typical signs of a sensitive tummy can be characterised by: a frequent runny nose, loose stools, loss of appetite, excessive flatulence and marked lethargy.

To help soothe your pet’s sensitive tummy and maintain healthy digestive function, there are some positive things that you can do, which include:

Water

Encourage your dog to consume more fresh water, which should be presented in a way that they prefer, whilst having access to a constant supply. The aim of this is to reduce the chances of dehydration.

Diet

Your vet will be able to offer the best advice on your dog’s specific dietary requirements. A bland diet that is easily digestible, such as boneless cooked chicken breast and white rice can be advisable. A specialised diet for gastrointestinal imbalance may be beneficial with small amounts of food given several times a day. Try to keep treats to a minimum as too many could cause your pet to have a sensitive tummy.

Outside access

To avoid accidents within the home, be sure to take your dog outside frequently or ensure that they have easy access to the outside. However, it is important to monitor their toilet activities and general demeanour. Be sure to keep a close watch on them and not let them stray too far.

Avoid table scraps

Food we eat may not be suitable for your canine companion. To manage your dog’s digestion, try to prevent family members from feeding them food not intended for dogs. Don’t let them have any table scraps or snacks, which could lead to a sensitive tummy.

Try to prevent your dog from scavenging

When out on walks keep an eye on your dog to prevent them from picking up any foreign objects or discarded food. Also, prevent them from drinking from puddles and eating plant material.

Minimise stress

Attempt to reduce any stress within your dog’s home and outdoor environment. You could do this by keeping to their routine as much as possible, including sleeping, food and walking routines.

Keep up-to-date with deworming and vaccinations

Be sure to keep on track with deworming and disease vaccinations. Speak to your vet who will be able to advise a suitable course of action for your pet, dependent on their age or size.

Foreign bodies

Be careful when giving your dog small toys to play with. These can get chewed and swallowed. Also, when out on walks, don’t throw sticks for your dog as they can get stuck in their mouth or swallowed.

Follow your vet’s advice

Be sure to take on board and follow any advice from your vet. They will be best placed to help maintain your dog’s digestion.

Introduce probiotics

To help your dog to stay healthy and to support digestive function, use a natural supplement like nutrabio, which is specifically formulated to aid healthy digestive function in dogs. nutrabio uses a unique combination of proven natural ingredients to help to restore the natural digestive balance.

 

If you are concerned about your pet’s digestive health, speak to your vet. They are best placed to offer advice to ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet.

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