5 TELLTALE SIGNS YOU NEED TO SWITCH DOG FOOD
There’s no specific dog food brand or formula that is best for every canine out there. Since each dog has its own unique needs, what might work best for one pup may cause problems for another. So even if you think that you’re giving the best food for your pet, you still have to ensure that his body is using it properly.
Feeding your pet the right food is imperative not only to his health but also to his overall happiness. Are you still contemplating whether you should change your dog’s food? Here are telltale signs from a Dubai pet food company that will help you finally decide to make that switch.
1. Vomiting and Diarrhoea
Chronic vomiting and diarrhoea is the most obvious sign that your pet’s diet isn’t sitting well. Even if your pup’s stool isn’t watery, a chronic loose stool can lead to other health issues down the road. Persistent vomiting, on the other hand, is also a sign that your dog didn’t digest the food well.
Most dogs try eating grass and other kinds of plants to ease their upset stomachs. Either way, you must consult with your vet to rule out any other conditions. Before you switch food, ask your vet first, then try doing the following:
- Don’t fill up the food bowl and leave it out the entire day.
- Give less food every 4-6 hours to decrease the chances of your dog’s stomach getting overfilled.
2. Stinky Waste
If you already tried different types of air fresheners, but you still observe an unbearable odour from your dog’s stool, it’s time to try a new pet food. Stinky waste is a signal for digestive issues. The same thing goes for digestive upsets, which result in loose or irregular bowel.
Stinky stool beyond normal is a cause for concern and likely connects to your dog’s diet. Try switching to high-quality wet dog food and see how it goes. Make the switch gradually by mixing new food little by little with your pet’s current food to avoid causing stomach upset.
3. Excessive Scratching
A visible sign of allergies in dogs is itchy and dry skin. It certainly is worth considering food allergies, especially if you’ve noticed your pup scratching excessively. While most canines have problems with corn and wheat, others can also experience discomfort from soy and meat sources like beef and lamb.
Once you notice your canine pal scratching excessively, check with your vet if you should consider switching his diet. Don’t switch food before consulting your vet as your pet’s allergies may be due to other environmental factors rather than food.
4. Mood Change
Don’t confuse this with bad behaviour. A dog that shows an unusual lack of interest, lethargy, or tiredness may require a change of food. Pay close attention to your pet’s mood as this is a good indication of how he’s feeling.
Mood change happens because some canines don’t get enough nutrition from their food or their bodies can’t process the food properly. If your pet is lethargic, he may not be getting enough energy from his meals. You should check with your vet to make certain that it doesn’t involve severe health conditions.
5. Dull Coat
Poor coat quality is another sign of bad nutrition. Food that doesn’t work well for a dog’s body often causes dry, dull coats. Even if your pup isn’t suffering from itchiness that usually comes with it, a dull coat is mostly the result of an improper diet.
Keep in mind that although your other dog does great with the current food, the other pup may not fare so well. If your dog isn’t sporting good coat, try changing his food.
Make a slow transition
Switching to a new food can be quite tricky, but it’s usually the best solution, especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Sometimes, it can be as simple and easy as mixing dry and wet food.
Until you find the right food for your pet, you must make a slow transition. Switching food immediately from one day to another will only agitate your dog’s system. As your beloved pal adjusts to his new food, observe his behaviour to ensure that it’s not causing him more harm than good.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.