It is important to rule out parasites, eg worms, infections and obstructions, but a common cause of digestive disorders in dogs is the dog’s diet. Too much food or the wrong type of food can lead to loose bowel motions, grass eating, flatulence, rumble-guts, frequent bowel movements, with or without blood in the stools. We recommend Burns Dog Food.
- Too much food, too many tit-bits can reduse the digestibility of an otherwise healthy diet.
- A poor quality diet or one not easily digested can alter the bacteria in the dogs gut, which can then produce endo-toxines which adversely affect health.
- Changing diets too quickly. Sudden changes in diet, or constantly switching from one food to another does not allow the digestive system time to adjust, causing further digestive upset.
- Food allergy / intolerance can cause inflammatory and / or immune system reactions resulting in damage to cells and undesirable chemicals in the system eg free radicals. An extreme example of this is our rescued dog Fin.
- Too much protein and fat in the diet produce harmful waste products. Damage to the digestive system can reduce the body’s ability to absorb fat.
- Unsuitable ingredients in the dog food eg preservatives, colourings, flavourings, emulsifiers, can effect the health of your dog. They are treated by the dog’s body as contaminants to be removed.