We all love our dogs to bits and want them to live forever, don’t we? One of the best ways to ensure they stay with us for as long as possible is to feed them a healthy diet. This ensures they feel better and stay healthier for as long as possible. However, there are some signs you should look out for that could indicate your dog’s diet is off. Read on to find out what they are!
Irregular Toilet Trips
If your dog used to be regular with their bowel movements, but they have recently become more irregular, it could be a sign that their diet needs to change. Your dog’s diet will usually need to change after around 5-7 years, when they are classed as a senior dog. Dogs age much faster than we do, and this can mean the food they once ate is no longer suitable for them. They may also develop illnesses, just like humans; there’s a form of irritable bowel syndrome in dogs too. If something has changed with your dog in this area, then try them on something else.
Frothy pee can be a sign that there’s too much protein in your dog’s diet. It may be harmless, but it can also be something more serious; such as kidney damage/disease or even kidney failure. Make sure you pay attention to this. If your dog seems OK in themselves apart from the frothy pee, try them on a lower protein diet and see if it changes. You may want to take them to the vets for peace of mind.
They’re Turning Their Nose Up At Their Food
If you were forced to eat the same food day in day out, you’d probably start turning your nose up at your food too. Think about it! Try them on something else. However, if they are even refusing tasty healthy dog treats, it could be time to have them checked over. Dogs can stop eating for a number of reasons, including depression, and even the dog form of anorexia. If they have other symptoms, a visit to the vets is best advised.
Is your energetic dog suddenly lethargic? A diet rich in antioxidants can help to give them more energy. Read up on some of the healthy, antioxidant rich foods you can feed your dog, including sweet potato and banana. This could be a symptom of something more serious though, so pay attention.
A Dull Coat
When your dog’s coat goes from being shiny to dull, it can be a sign of something more serious. It could very well be down to their diet, but you may want to take them to get checked over if they are also experiencing other symptoms.
Your Dog Is Over/Underweight
If this happens suddenly, then it’s a sure sign you need to head to the vets right away. However, if you have a feeling it’s down to the food you’ve been giving your dog, look for healthy alternatives and make sure they are getting the right number of calories in their diet. It varies from breed to breed and size to size.
Is it time to change your dog’s diet?