Dog Food For Sensitive Stomachs

By: - Pets - August 21, 2011
dog food for sensitive stomachs

When your dog has a sensitive stomach, it makes life miserable for everyone in the family.  When dog food irritates your dog’s large intestine, you either have to take him out every couple hours or spend a lot of time cleaning up.  When dog food irritates your dog’s stomach, you still may spend a lot of time cleaning up; if a dog food causes your dog to bloat it’s an immediate problem that can be fatal if you don’t get to the vet right away.

Quite a few dog food companies have developed dog food for sensitive stomachs.

Natural Balance has created a whole line called Limited Ingredient Diet foods, which are specifically dog food for sensitive stomachs.  Their Sweet Potato and Venison Formula dog food sensitive stomach is grain free, and made just for dogs that are sensitive to meats other than venison.  The Potato and Duck formula “works” because it contains ingredients that most dogs haven’t been exposed to, specifically duck meat and potatoes.  Their Sweet Potato and Fish Formula dog food sensitive stomach contains salmon, which means lots of Omega oils for dogs.

Another company with good dog food for sensitive stomachs is Royal Canin.  Their line of Early Care diets is designed to prevent problems in dogs that may be predisposed to certain diseases, including gastrointestinal problems.  In addition, Royal Canin has foods designed for dogs with gastrointestinal issues already.  Their Gastrointestinal Fiber Response HF 21 is for adult dogs that have constipation, stress diarrhea, or colitis and need a lot of fiber in their diets.  You can put puppies and adult dogs with chronic or acute gastrointestinal problems on Gastrointestinal High Energy HE.  Gastrointestinal Low Fat LF dog food sensitive stomach is for dogs with both gastrointestinal disease of some kind and pancreatitis.  If you find that you have a puppy with a sensitive stomach, you can use Gastrointestinal Puppy HE, which has the proper nutrition for puppies to grow in a formulation that minimizes stomach upset.

If you don’t want to buy expensive dog foods, you can make your own.  The best ingredient to start with is rice, and the best meat is venison.  The second best meat is chicken, but without the skin.  Then—just like you do with people—gradually add ingredients to see what your dog is sensitive to.  Never, never feed grapes, raisins, chocolate, anything with caffeine, macadamia nuts, onions or garlic.  Stick to basic vegetables such as carrots, green beans, and peas.  Check with your veterinarian for further nutritional guidelines when developing your own food for your dog with a sensitive stomach.

Like people, dogs can come with or develop sensitive stomachs for many reasons.  Having the right food to minimize stomach upset can make everyone’s life better, including your dog’s.