Walk into any pet store and you will probably be flummoxed by all the options that are available. From high protein ones to vegan foods, there’s plenty to choose from. While the latest protein-right, research-backed organic dog food might excite you, you can never be sure if it’s going to work for your dog. There can be any number of problems that can be caused by food. These 9 signs should be able to help you figure out if your dog is having issues with his food.
1. Energy Level
Healthy dogs are full of energy and always up for a game of fetch. If you’ve changed your dog’s food recently and notice that his energy levels have gone down, it could be because he’s not getting the right nutrients from his new diet.
There are a few dog breeds that are prone to be gassy, however, if your dog is passing enough gas that you need to open your windows, there is definitely a problem. Check if your dog is experiencing more gas than usual and if the smell seems like he has an upset stomach.
If your dog is otherwise doing fine but feels sick after every meal or if he ends up vomiting his food often, it could be because of the food. Notice your dog’s behavior after he’s had a meal. If he seems uncomfortable or anxious, changing his food might help.
Just like humans, dogs too are susceptible to infections and allergies. Some dogs are also gluten and lactose intolerant. If you maintain good hygiene, give your dog regular baths, and make sure he has no ticks and fleas, then there’s no reason he should be scratching himself often. If he is, then he’s probably allergic to the food you’re giving. Check the label for all the ingredients in your dog food and talk to your vet.
5. Bowel Issues
Bowel problems are one of the most obvious signs that your pooch’s tummy is not liking the food you’re giving him. Loose stools or not pooping regularly could be signs of your dog’s inability to digest his food. So keep an eye on your dog’s poop and his pooping schedule to find out if the food you’re feeding him is right.
6. Ear Issues
While there could be several reasons for ear issues in a dog, one of them could be food-related allergies. If you have tried other solutions and the ear issues still persist, talk to your vet about food allergies.
Weight is a sign of good health and your dog should always be in the optimum weight range for him to be healthy. If he has gained a lot of weight or is unusually lean, the reason may not be just lifestyle related. The food you’re giving him may be high on carbs which are being stored as fats or maybe he’s just not getting enough nutrients.
8. Behavioral Issues
Dogs don’t know how to mask what they’re feeling. Whether they’re happy, sad, bored, or depressed, they’ll show it to you in their own way. Changes in food can cause changes in behavior. If he’s not getting the proper nutrients, you might find your dog hanging around the dinner table when you eat or he may even start stealing food.
Active dogs eat well. If your dog has been eating properly but has lost his appetite after you changed his food, he’s not really liking what you’re serving him. On the flip side, if he keeps asking for more food all the time, then maybe the food is not filling him enough.
Use these signs to check if the food you’re feeding your dog is helping or harming him. If you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate to talk to your vet about the right diet and meal plan for your dog.