How to know if your dog needs a diet change
As a pet owner, you are most likely used to feeding your dog a specific routine diet, such as high-quality dry food for dogs, or a mix of raw foods and dry foods. However, have you ever wondered if your dog may need a change in their diet to help them stay happy and healthy?
To determine whether your dog needs a shift in their diet, there are a few things you should be looking out for. We discuss some of the signs below…
1. Check if you notice changes in energy levels
Perhaps you’ve noticed that your dog appears more worn out or tired than they usually are. Maybe they aren’t as excited about going for their daily walk or don’t want to play as much as they typically do. You may also find your dog lying down or sleeping excessively.
Whilst a lot of the time your dog may simply just be tired, or not in the mood to play, sometimes these can be behavioural signs that your dog may need a change their diet, or they may need to go on a diet. But don’t worry, a change in diet can only perk your dog up, and there are plenty of great treats for dogs on a diet too!
2. Check for any signs of illness, such as nausea or vomiting
If your dog is being sick, or irritable, it may be a sign that something in their diet is causing the issues. Perhaps it could be an allergic reaction, or they could be intolerant to some sort of foods. If your dog is vomiting, take them to the vet right away. They will be able to tell you if your dog’s diet is causing the problems or if there is another underlying medical issue.
If you are wondering how to tell if a dog is nauseous or not, you need to look out for signs of excessive drool, obsessive licking, or chewing. These are all tell-tale signs.
3. Pay close attention to your dog’s bathroom habits
If you notice your dog is peeing too often or not enough, or they are having any difficulties defecating or issues with diarrhoea, then these could be signs your dog isn’t responding to the food you are giving them. You should change your dog’s normal foods, or change the dog treats you are giving them.
Sometimes foods high in additives and unnatural ingredients can wreak havoc with your dog’s stomach, just like it would a human stomach. Try to stick to foods and dog treats with simple, healthy ingredients to minimise the risk of issues.
4. Check for changes in your dog’s eating habits
If your dog’s interest in food or the consumption of food they are eating has changed, this may be signs they either don’t like their food, or it’s upsetting them. Perhaps they’re leaving a lot of food in the bowl, or they don’t want their treat as often as before, or not at all. You may also discover that your dog is not excited about their food when you take it out and put it in their food bowl.
Both weight gain and weight loss can be a sign that you need to change your dog’s diet. They may not enjoy the taste of their food, anymore, or if they’re eating too much of a high-calorie dog food, they may gain too much weight and require a diet.
If you recognise these signs in your dog, then it’s best to consider what you are feeding them to make sure it’s both healthy and nutritious. After all, you want your dog to stay healthy so that they can live a fulfilled life!
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