Dietary Causes of Digestive Disorders in Dogs

Fin

Fin

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.

…  Anne