When those big round eyes look up at you, it can be hard to resist sneaking your dog a taste of whatever you’re eating. But too much table food can be hard your dog’s digestive system. They weren’t made to eat the same diet as humans. In addition, some foods can be toxic to your dog and should definitely be avoided.
Take steps to protect your dog from gastrointestinal issues:
- Limit table foods
It’s okay to give your dog some carrots or broccoli, a slice of bread, or some cooked chicken every now and then, but don’t overdo it. These should be occasional treats, not an everyday part of their diet. If your dog’s stomach is upset, it may be because their normal diet has been disrupted.
- Select the right dog food
Dogs have their own unique needs depending on their age, health, and breed. If your dog seems sensitive to a certain type of food, try switching to another brand or formula. They may do better with a wet food that is more easily digestible, or a dry food made for puppies. There are also special foods for pets with allergies or dietary restrictions. Talk to your vet about what the best choice is for your dog and how much they should be eating each day.
- Provide plenty of fresh water
Try to keep your dog from lapping water out of puddles or munching on dirty snow. These water sources may be contaminated with bacteria or toxins. Clean your dog’s bowl regularly and ensure they get fresh, clean water daily. Staying hydrated can also support improved digestive health.
- Reduce stress
Just like in humans, stress can wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system. If you know you have a big move or other stressful event coming up, be proactive in making the transition as easy on your pet as possible. If they do experience an upset stomach, consider giving them an easily digestible meal such as rice and boiled chicken for a few days.
- Pet-proof your house
A common cause of upset stomach is dogs eating things they’re not supposed to. Make sure you put plants, decorations, small toys, and other objects your pet may be tempted to chew on out of their reach. Use pet-safe cleaning products around the home and never leave them out where your pet could accidently lick or consume them.
If your dog has a habit of getting into trouble when you’re not home, rather than leaving them with a pet sitter who will only check in a few times a day, consider boarding them at Lake Wylie Pet Resort. You know your dog will be safe and won’t have access to anything they shouldn’t have. Plus, if you’re throwing a party or having lots of visitors, it can be less stressful on them to be boarded and away from the hustle and bustle (and party foods). Contact us today to schedule your pet’s stay!