Dogs will sometimes hide their stomach pain due to their instinctive survival nature. There are many ways dogs react or don’t when it comes to tummy troubles, but Fidose of Reality is here to get inside a dog’s mind and turn the spotlight on this topic. Here are some ways to determine if your dog has tummy troubles and a crash course in being a dog parent detective to help them feel better.
Know What is Normal
The best way to determine if and when something is wrong with your dog’s tummy is to know what is normal. This is called a “baseline” and includes getting a grasp on your dog’s sleeping patterns, socialization, eating habits, amount of water consumed in a day, and what his or her general level of activity is. Is the dog generally a barker? If a dog who barks sometimes to frequently suddenly gets quiet and stays that way, something could be bothering him, and that something can be gastric related.
Dog Food Storage: Prevent Uh Oh
The most basic and first thing to question if you suspect your dog has tummy troubles is the dog’s food storage. How are you storing the food? Canned foods must be generally refrigerated and covered after opening. Kibble should be stored in an air-tight container where it is cool and out of the sun’s rays.
Dog Food Ingredients
Of all the questions we receive on a regular basis, knowing what to feed a dog and which dog food is healthy is among our top questions.
When we started working with the folks at Natural Balance®, we wanted to know what they do to ensure that every can and bag of dog food coming out of their kitchens is safe to eat. They mark every product with an expiration date, so be sure you feed your dog a food that is within safe dates to consume.
Our dog’s best friend, Zola, is a Natural Balance dog. Zola has some diagnosed tummy troubles, so it is very important to Zola’s mom that she does not upset the delicate balance of Zola’s intestinal tract. Healthy digestion is important to keeping a dog’s stomach up to par.
For the past several years, Zola has been thriving on the Natural Balance LID Duck and Potato formula and most recently, her mom added the Dental Chews to her plan.
“I like that Natural Balance tests the food and treats for dogs in their lab,” Zola’s mom, Ellen Morrissey, tells us. “They do not one, but nine tests, and I feel good about that.”
Whenever Zola’s mom has a question about the food, she just logs on to the Natural Balance website and chats live directly with an expert veterinary technician about Zola’s feeding. She also can take heart in knowing there is a Buy With Confidence® guarantee in place.
Sometimes a dog will become ill and the cause of that tummy trouble is unknown. Perhaps he or she ingested something on a walk, got into the trash, or a well-intended friend or family member gave the dog table scraps or a food that caused gastric issues.
Stomach Ache and Digestive Upset Signs in Dogs
Always put a call in to your dog’s veterinarian or seek emergency care if you have concerns about your dog’s health.
Some of the ways dogs will behave when their gastric tract is upset or they have tummy troubles are:
General Discomfort: My last dog was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease. We knew she had a flare up whenever she would pace or her stool would change consistency/frequency. Stomach troubles can manifest as pacing or inability to get comfortable in a dog.
Vocalization: A dog who whines, cries, or otherwise is unusually vocal may be experiencing some sort of pain. Alternatively, dogs who are generally vocal may become quiet or withdrawn.
Change in Stool: Sometimes, when well-meaning dog parents change a dog’s food, stomach upset can occur. Any change in stool such as that of consistency, color, odor, and/or the presence of blood should be examined by a veterinarian.
If you are changing your dog to Natural Balance food, be sure to transition slowly. Here’s how to transition to any new Natural Balance dog food formula.
Change in Sleeping Pattern: A dog who suddenly becomes fatigued or lethargic may have some internal issues happening, and that can mean gastric upset. On the flip side, dogs who are restless and have a sudden poor overall sleeping pattern might be super uncomfortable and not able to sleep.
You can snag more tips about stomach ache and tummy troubles in dogs from the folks at petMD.
Love Your Dog From the Inside Out
The way to a dog’s heart, some say, is through their tummy, which means it starts at the mouth. Use caution in what how you store your dog’s food, what dog food you feed, and the type and quantity of treats they are eating.
As part of our regular game play, our dog, Dexter, snacks on Natural Balance Duck and Potato treats in his various board games. He even gave a few bags to his girlfriend, Coco, recently. Here is the happy couple, well fed, healthy, and surrounded by an oh-so-heart-shaped Natural Balance of love.
Your Turn to Bark Back
If your pet could talk and tell you he or she has a stomach ache, which family member would they come to first? Tell us in the comments below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.