Detecting and treating digestive problems in dogs
Digestive problems are not uncommon in dogs. They can have numerous causes and can have a massive impact not only on the well-being but also on the health of the affected animals. After all, a functioning digestion is indispensable for the nutrient supply of the four-legged friend.
As the owner, you should therefore take digestive problems in your dog seriously in any case. We will explain below how you can recognise possible problems and how you can support your dog's digestion.
Signs of digestive problems in dogs
If a dog suffers from digestive problems, this is often noticeable in the form of behavioural changes. Affected animals are usually less active, often withdraw and want to be left alone.
In addition, changes in body language, such as a conspicuously retracted abdomen or a hump when walking can also indicate digestive disorders and associated pain. In addition, digestive problems in dogs usually lead to a noticeable loss of appetite.
Possible causes of digestive problems in dogs
The possible causes of digestive disorders in dogs are numerous. In many cases, the diet is responsible for the complaints of the animal. However, they can also be a symptom of a number of other problems.
Apart from nutritional reasons, digestive problems in dogs can have the following causes, among others:
- Various diseases
- An infestation with parasites
- Excessive stress
Disease-related digestive problems in dogs
There are countless diseases that can lead to digestive problems in dogs. These include, for example, inflammatory diseases such as IBD or gastritis, heart and kidney problems, diabetes or even tumors.
In these cases, an appropriate diet can often alleviate digestive problems and even be an indispensable part of the therapy for some diseases.
However, if you suspect that your dog's digestive problems are the symptom of a disease, a visit to the vet is inevitable. The vet can examine your dog and determine the measures necessary for the treatment.
Depending on the type of disease, the chances of a successful cure and thus a relief of digestive problems are more or less good.
Parasites as a cause of indigestion in dogs
If a dog suffers from worms, this manifests itself through a number of symptoms, including digestive disorders. Most types of worm attack the intestines and take a part of the nutrients from the food of the four-legged friend there. A dog infected with worms often suffers from bloody diarrhoea and vomiting.
It is similar with Giardia. Giardia are microscopically small intestinal parasites that lead to vomiting, flatulence, stomach cramps and bloody, slimy diarrhoea. Giardia is common in dogs. They are estimated to affect about every fifth four-legged friend.
In order to counteract parasite infestation and the associated digestive problems, we recommend that you deworm your dog regularly. You can do this particularly gently with Bellfor Vermal Powder. In contrast to conventional worm cures, the natural preparation does not unnecessarily burden the organism of your four-legged friend and there is no formation of resistance.
For the successful treatment of Giardia in dogs, it is also important to rely on comprehensive hygiene measures and to severely limit carbohydrates in the animal's diet. For the latter, we recommend grain-free wet food "favourite menu".
Stress-related digestive problems in dogs
Dogs can also suffer from stress. This can be caused, for example, by a move, the purchase of a second dog, a holiday trip or participation in a dog show.
Excessive stress can literally hit a dog's stomach and often manifests itself in digestive problems such as diarrhoea or vomiting. The most effective remedy for stress-related digestive problems in dogs is to avoid or at least significantly reduce the triggers of stress.
If this is not possible, it makes sense to support the dog's immune system. Because stress cannot only lead to digestive problems in dogs. It also represents a considerable strain on the immune system.
For this reason, we recommend that you take Bellfor Immune as a dietary supplement in the event of stress. The selected ingredients of the natural preparation can make an important contribution to strengthening the immune system and help your dog to cope better with stressful situations such as travelling or dog shows.
Dietary digestive disorders in dogs
If your dog suffers from digestive problems, this does not necessarily indicate a disease or parasite infestation. Often the complaints are simply caused by the food of the four-legged friend.
In order to counteract dietary digestive problems in dogs, a change in diet is necessary. In this context it is important to avoid inferior products with artificial ingredients and to find a protein source that the affected four-legged friend can tolerate.
Our food recommendation for nutritionally sensitive dogs
For nutritionally sensitive dogs we recommend our hypoallergenic dog food with insect protein. This is available both as wet food and dry food and is characterised by a particularly low allergy potential and excellent digestibility.
The contained insect protein from the larvae of the black soldier fly is very well digestible and supplies your dog with all necessary amino acids. In addition, our hypoallergenic varieties contain neither cereals nor artificial additives.
If your dog suffers from dietary digestive problems, the chances are good that these will soon be a thing of the past with the switch to hypoallergenic dog food from Bellfor.
Bellfor Gastro Relax for dogs with diarrhoea
We also recommend a dietary supplement with Bellfor Gastro Relax for diarrhoea. The product contains only natural ingredients and is ideal for counteracting diarrhoea in dogs.