A bad diet can make you bloated, give you cramps and just generally be uncomfortable and unpleasant for several days. However, at least you are capable of expressing discomfort, asking for advice and making changes that will improve your digestion. Your dog, on the other hand, is not really capable of this.
As such, it is important to research canine digestion thoroughly. You will need to make sure that what you are feeding your pet is good for their gut, as dogs can live in mild discomfort for a long time without giving off any hugely noticeable signs. If you want your pet to have the best available quality of life, think about what you are feeding them.
Quite a lot of dog food is actually bad for your dog’s gut. The reason for this is the high levels of what are commonly called ‘filler grains’. These are products such as wheat and corn. They are used in cheaper dog foods to bulk out the kibble, reducing the amount of money the company has to spend on meat.
However, your dog did not evolve to eat grain. Dogs in the wild, thousands of years ago, had diets that were very low in carbohydrates. Your pet has not changed much from a dietary perspective, so corn, wheat and similar grains are very hard for them to digest.
Another problem that cheaper dog food brands have is that they so often contain meat byproducts. These can be a variety of things, again chosen to be cheap rather than healthy. Typically it is made of the organs of an animal that humans will not eat, ground up for dogs.
Your dog can live off meat byproducts. However, it is not particularly good for them. Human-quality meat is much better, and far more digestible than the unpleasant contents of some dog foods. It has a number of other benefits as well, and will generally make your pet healthier.
So, how can you introduce these foods into your dog’s diet? You could choose a higher-quality, premium dog food. However, you will still have to check the ingredients. If you want to be 100 per cent sure that what your dog eats is good for their digestive health, opt instead for the BARF diet.
This innovative diet involves feeding your dog lots of fresh, raw meat, supplemented with bones, vegetables, and other things that have a positive effect on canine digestive health. This means you can be sure your dog is being fed the right nutritious foodstuffs.
The fresh meat is always good for dog digestion. You can also add certain fruits and vegetables. These not only contribute to the amount of vitamins in your dog’s diet, but also contain phytonutrients. These chemicals, found mainly in fruit skin, are antioxidants that really help your dog foster a healthy gut.
You will need to add some carbohydrates to your dog’s diet, for energy. The best way to do this is to add cooked rice to your dog’s food. This is the most digestible grain around for canines, and will help your dog have enough energy to get through the day.
If you make sure you are feeding your dog all the right things, you might find that they perk up and start acting a little happier. This could be a sign of a healthier digestive system, enabling your dog to live free from discomfort.
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