Diarrhea in dogs: causes, symptoms and treatment

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Your dog’s digestive tract is home to hundreds of different bacteria and other microbes, known as the gut microbiome. These play a vital role in your dog’s overall health as well as the digestion, and can affect mental health, the immune system and the metabolism. So what can you do to make sure you are taking care of your dog’s gut health?

Food – make sure the food you are giving is appropriate for your dog. Like us, pets need a balanced diet based on whole foods but whether you choose a raw diet or prepared dog food will depend on what suits you. Speak to your vet to make sure they are getting the balance of nutrients that they need. There are certain foods that are great for keeping the microbiome balanced, including green beans, carrots and asaparagus.

Routine – don’t make sudden changes to your dog’s diet. Introduce any new foods gradually.

Supplements – nutritional supplements like Digestive Aid for Dogs contain probiotics and prebiotics to keep your dog’s microbiome in balance, as well as antioxidants like curcumin to support the natural anti-inflammatory actions of the body.

Hygiene – regular grooming and bathing can help to prevent infection. Brushing your dog’s teeth can also keep harmful bacteria under control.

Keeping active – regular exercise, fresh air and socialisation are good not only for your dog’s physical health but also their mental wellbeing and stress levels, all of which can affect gut health. You will probably know how much exercise your dog needs but it varies depending on age and mobility – if you aren’t sure speak to your vet.

 

Nutritional advice for your dog

If you’d like any advice on feeding your dog or looking after their digestive health, please get in touch with our Nutrition Advice Line on 01225 708482.



June 23, 2020