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Yummy Zoom: Thoughts #3 on indigestion

Is indigestion a problem for your dog?

Indigestion or maldigestion are among the most common health ailments in dogs. This is when the food isn’t broken down fully in the dog’s digestive system. If the food is not digested fully, an increase in certain bacteria flora in the dog’s digestive track is the unfortunate consequence.

If the intestinal flora or bacteria increases significantly, that may lead to increased water and gas production in the digestive track, which can be painful for the dog, and also cause flatulence. No dog owner wants to see their dog suffering from indigestion, and flatulence can in itself be unwelcome for human noses!

Other factors that can cause indigestion are: the dog’s age (senior dogs have more sensitive digestive systems), infections in the stomach or colon, and inflammation of the digestive tract.

Keeping an eye on what your dog is eating at any given time is a good way to avoid the problem. . New food items, meaning different from what he was used to eat, are very often the cause.

New dog food (no matter how expensive a new brand might be) can still cause indigestion. Some dogs are also allergic to soybean and wheat, so be careful with dog food brands that integrate soybean and wheat for dietary fiber, plant-based protein, and carbohydrates.

Most of the time, you have no reason to make changes in your dog’s diet, meaning to stop giving him a certain type of commercial dog food, except if your veterinarian tell you so, because there is some deficiency that your dog suffers from as a result of giving him a particular brand of dog food.

Even then, any changes in your dog’s diet should be done over a period of at least ten days. Ten days is the optimum transition time from old food to new food.

 

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