Managing Sensitive Digestive Systems in Your Pet

Just like people, our pets can be prone to digestive sensitivity. There are many causes for this, ranging from general sensitive digestive systems, to food allergies, to underlying health conditions. However, changing your pet’s diet can help in the case of allergies or minor digestive sensitivity. Read on to see how a change in diet can help your pet have a happy tummy.

Signs and Symptoms of GI Upset

While every pet is different, there are some common signs of GI upset that can clue you in to your pet not feeling well. For dogs, you may see problems such as vomiting or diarrhea, refusal to eat, or even hunching the back to protect a sore belly. For cats, they may refuse to eat, ball into a cat “loaf”, or vomit and have diarrhea. In more severe situations that can involve an underlying illness, you may see these symptoms more frequently or see other problems like blood in the vomit or stool.

With any GI upset symptom, it’s always best to have your vet examine your pet first. They can rule out more serious illnesses that need to be treated.

What Are Sensitive Digestive Systems?

Digestive sensitivity is a general reaction to certain foods or ingredients in your pet’s diet that can cause a sensitive digestive system. This can be caused by minor illness or allergy, as well as problems such as irritable or inflammatory bowel syndromes.

Pets that experience digestive sensitivity usually do better with a highly digestible puppy food containing healthy ingredients. By avoiding the reactive ingredients, or feeding a sensitive diet, you can reduce pain and inflammation as well as GI upset symptoms.

How Diet Can Help

Sensitive food diets provide several benefits for pets with digestive issues. Most diets offer a combination of highly digestible proteins and carbohydrates, MOS pre- and probiotics to help with the breakdown of food and balance the gut flora, and antioxidants that help reduce general inflammation.

While food sensitivity doesn’t usually happen until a pet is an adult, some breeds are predisposed to food allergies. Sensitive diets and other foods that contain probiotics for puppies or kittens can help prevent issues early on.

Why Choose a Super Premium Puppy Food?

Super premium pet food is more than just a fancy term. These diets are formulated from highly digestible proteins, high-quality ingredients that can reduce digestive sensitivity. Often, these foods will come in unique protein and carbohydrate formulations, including proteins such as venison, duck, lamb, or chicken, or easy to digest carbohydrates like rice.

Many premium brands also offer specific sensitivity lines, including sensitive digestive system, sensitive skin, and more. By offering a premium diet, you can avoid ingredients that can cause allergic reactions and ensure your pet is getting the most from their food. As with any new food, be sure to transition your pet’s diet over a period of 7-9 days to allow the gut flora to adjust — especially if your pet is already prone to problems!

Digestive upset, while worrisome, is a common issue in pets. Feeding a high-quality diet with easy to digest ingredients can help keep your pet’s stomach happy.

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