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Does My Dog Have a Food Intolerance?

If your puppy is not-so-peppy, their diet might be the culprit.

Overview

What is a food intolerance?

A food intolerance means some ingredient in your dog’s meal might not be agreeing with them. Symptoms include:

  • Loose stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Is a food intolerance the same as a food allergy?

Not quite, but sometimes they have similar symptoms. Allergies tend to cause reactions in your dog’s skin or immune system. Intolerance affects digestion and can be caused by more kinds of food.

Dog food for sensitive stomachs

Manufacturers make special food formulated for your furry chum with the woozy tum. Sensitive-stomach dog food has fewer ingredients and doesn’t include some common ingredients, such as grain or certain kinds of meat that can cause tummy trouble.

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How to do the switcheroo

If you want to try a new diet, make sure you go slowly so as not to upset your dog’s digestion even more.

  • Transition dogs to a new food over seven days by substituting a little of the new stuff for the old in their usual meal. Swap out a little more at the next feeding, and so on. By the end of the week, your dogs should be eating the new food exclusively.
  • Make sure the new diet doesn’t include the common ingredients that can trouble canines: wheat, beef, dairy, eggs and chicken.
  • Steer clear of treats and human food for at least six weeks while you keep an eye on your dog’s progress. It can take up to three months for a new feeding regimen to take effect.
  • If you notice any new symptoms, consult your veterinarian.
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