9 Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Gut Health
There are many ways you can improve your dog’s gut health without a lot of effort or changes to your buddy’s daily life.
We at Dr. Harvey’s encourage a species appropriate diet for your canine companion. This type of diet is the best way to ensure your dog’s superior gut health. These foods are all natural and contain no chemicals to cause an imbalance in the microbiome and encourage a healthy gut flora. All of Dr. Harvey’s foods help to maintain this balance and provide an exceptional diet to aid digestion and gut health.
1. Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Adequate hydration is a simple way to improve gut health for dogs. Hydration levels affect the overall health of your companion and liquids help the digestion process run smoothly. Use fluid-filled foods and make sure water is available in easy-to-find places.
2. Choose Whole Foods
To improve and maintain gut health for your dog, you need to feed your furry friend quality food. The best dog food for gut health is made using whole ingredients that include the full nutritional value of each ingredient.
Think of it like this: If you only ate processed food, you’d start to feel sick—right? The same goes for your best friend
3. Focus on Fiber and limit simple Carbohydrates for Pancreatitis
Fiber is important in any fur baby’s diet, as it keeps the entire digestive process moving. Luckily, dogs can get fiber easily from fruits and vegetables.
Finding the right amount of fiber is key to keeping your dog’s tummy happy. Too much fiber can actually hinder digestion and cause excess gas.
While many believe that fats cause pancreatitis, the truth is that simple carbohydrates like those found in dry kibble can trigger this serious condition. Limiting or eliminating simple carbs can reduce the chance of an attack of pancreatitis.
To find out what is right for your dog, please contact our team of experts.
4. Use Prebiotics and Probiotics
Like with humans, prebiotics and probiotics can vastly improve and maintain a dog’s gut health. Sometimes they get lumped together, but they are different.
Prebiotics are a food source for probiotics and good bacteria in the stomach, which helps increase the amount of good bacteria in the stomach. This decreases inflammation and improves bowel movements.
Probiotics are similar to the good bacteria in the stomach. When the bad bacteria overpower the good, gut problems occur. Using them as a supplement in your dog’s diet can help maintain your dog’s balance of good and bad stomach bacteria, leading to a healthy gut and a happy dog.
5. Pay Attention to Dog Food Ingredients
Some pet parents can’t make their companion’s meals from scratch, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for unhealthy processed food. Instead, get in the habit of examining the ingredients listed in the nutritional information on the bag or can of dog food you buy. Many ingredients in popular branded food can cause a variety of stomach problems.
Look for dog food made with whole food ingredients. As with all of Dr. Harvey’s foods, our Canine Health Miracle Dog Food is made with nine vegetables and 6 organic grains that have been preserved through dehydration instead of chemical preservatives.
6. Look for Food Allergies or Intolerances
A simple solution to your fur baby’s stomach problems may be that they’re allergic to something they’re eating. Not only will that make them feel unwell, but it’ll also cause inflammation in the gut, which can cause a variety of problems.
If you suspect your fur baby has an allergy or intolerance, start by removing or replacing ingredients in your dog’s meal one by one. Make notes of how your dog feels after.
Go slow. Large changes in diet can also cause stomach problems.