6 Telltale Signs That It’s Time to Change Dog Food

Your canine pal doesn’t deserve to eat the same pet food all his life. After all, your dog’s dietary needs will change over time.

Don’t know when it’s time to make a switch? A professional Dubai pet food delivery service shares the following information on what to look out for.

1. Allergies

Just like humans, allergies are common in pets, and food may be one of the possible causes. An allergic dog may require a low-allergen diet which can reduce the number of potential allergens he’s exposed to. Depending on your dog’s condition, your vet can give either an over-the-counter sensitive skin diet or a prescription diet.

2. Lethargy

If your pooch has undergone a stressful event recently, he may act a little worn out. After an illness or surgery, your dog’s diet will need high levels of antioxidants to boost immune response and speed up his recovery. You usual pet food may not contain all essential nutrients needed by a recuperating canine; therefore, you may need to make a switch.

However, a pet who’s suddenly feeling weak or lethargic should still get evaluated by a vet before any dietary changes.

3. Dull or flaky coat

A key component in keeping a dog’s skin and coat healthy are diets rich in essential fatty acids. If your current pet food is making your pup’s coat look dull, switch to another one containing both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These will make your dog’s coat bright and shiny in no time, and complement the results of using the best dog grooming supplies.

4. Old age

Depending on the size of your dog, he may have already reached senior age. As your pet grows old, his nutritional requirements will change, too. Senior diets are usually higher in fiber and lower in calories, and have supplements such as antioxidants and joint support.

Look for pet food labeled for “adult maintenance” as its formulation has your dog’s mature age in mind. Making a switch is important because an “all life stage” pet food can provide levels of fat and nutrients that a senior dog doesn’t need. In fact, it can even be harmful to a senior pet.

5. Weight gain

If your dog is getting too fat for his age and breed, his pet food may be the culprit. To prevent obesity, allow your pet to lose a few inches by giving a diet specifically designed for weight loss. This will help ensure that your pooch still gets the right amount of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals while consuming less calories.

If your canine pal is extremely obese, it’s best that you consult first with your vet for a diet solution fit for his condition.

6. Gastrointestinal disturbances

Chronic flatulence, loose stool, or a rumbly stomach may be a result of food intolerance. There are some pets who can’t tolerate certain ingredients or diets. If this is an issue with your pet, ask your vet what pet food you can switch into to diagnose this problem.

Prevent dog food from going bad

Feeding your dog the right kind of food isn’t enough. If you don’t store it properly, it still wouldn’t do a lot of good to his health.

Here are some dry food depositing basics:

  • Don’t keep kibble food for more than three weeks. If you need to deposit food for longer, opt for smaller packages.
  • Store kibble food inside sealable containers.
  • Don’t feed your dog food that is moist or has mold.
  • You should only let dry pet food stay in a food bowl for no longer than six to eight hours.

Wet food depositing basics:

  • Buy cans that are no bigger than the portion that your dog eats in two days.
  • If you have opened a can, never leave or keep the remaining food inside it. Transfer the remaining food to a plastic container and place it inside the fridge for not more than 24 hours.
  • Don’t let wet food stay in the food bowl for more than two hours.

Once you feed pet food that is no longer fresh, your dog may get a gastrointestinal infection. If the food is toxic, your beloved pooch can experience excessive drooling, seizures, and may even collapse. In serious cases like these, seek immediate help from your vet and place your dog inside a pet playpen to keep a close eye on him.

Choosing the right food for your pet is one of the best ways to ensure he maintains a healthy diet and lives a long life. However, feeding the correct food still isn’t a substitute for veterinary care. Good food and good choices will help ensure your canine lives a healthy and happy life.

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

 

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