Something that all pet owners have in common is that the health of their pet is their number one priority. Whether it is in the form of the time you invest in long walks and exercise to keep your energetic pup fit, or the money you invest in the best grooming products to ensure you successfully combat any lingering infections and leave your dog smelling fresh we all give up a lot for our best friends.
As well as these two considerations, what you feed your dog is another concern. It seems like more than ever before, people are becoming wary of the types and quality of food we eat and this also applies to what we’re feeding our dogs as well. With the health concerns attached to certain food types in recent years people are now more cautious than ever about exactly what it is they feed themselves, for example, if we knew one particular ingredient in a certain dish would lead to negative health effects further down the line we would definitely cut it out, so why would we not do the same for our pet’s diet as well?
There are a number of reasons why you probably feed your dog the food you currently do. Whether you arrived at this diet through extensive research of your own, or because you choose the brand and type of food that was the most familiar, it is likely you have stuck with it purely through habit. Our grocery shopping takes up enough time already as it is, let alone with additional deliberation each time round about which dog food to buy.
However, even though this habit may not necessarily be a bad thing if your pet appears to be living a happy and healthy life, there are a number of signs to look out for that may point to lingering and long lasting issues in your dog and could signal that the time is right for a change in your dog’s diet.
1. A noticeable change to your dog’s coat
Aside from the most obvious sign of vomiting and diarrhea, one of the clearest signs that your dog’s diet may be lacking the nutritional benefits their body needs is a poor quality, dull coat.
Although a dull coat really is a sign that it may be time to change your dog’s diet, it is often not the first factor considered by pet owners. When an owner sees a noticeable change in their pets coat the first thing they likely think of is the shampoo or conditioner they apply directly to their dog’s skin.
However, what you feed your dog also has a massive impact on the overall health of their coat and foods containing Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids can help to restore the shine and freshness to your pet’s coat.
2. Itching more than usual
This issue is often times the first sign that it may be a good idea to change your dog’s diet and is usually caused by allergic reaction taking place with something your dog has eaten.
Now, of course, all dogs itch so you shouldn’t jump to conclusions and change your dog’s food every time they give themselves a little scratch, however you should look to be aware of excessive itching which is like to be a sign of an allergy as mentioned above.
Many dogs can be allergic to some of the grains placed in traditional dog food which has seen a rapid growth in the grain-free dog food market in recent years. Trialing different products and seeing which have the biggest impact in alleviating your dog’s itching is a good way to identifying the problem.
3. Drowsiness and general lethargic mood
This is another sign that can be easy to pick up and could point to underlying issues connected with your pet’s diet. Just like us humans, what your dog eats obviously has a huge impact on their energy levels and overall mood.
If you do notice that your dog has an uncharacteristic lack of energy it may be another clue that they aren’t receiving the nutrition needed from their food. Your pets mood could be a big giveaway that it’s time to switch up their diet and make changes to the types and quantity of food they consume.
As with any of the signs listed above, if you do notice a big drop in your dog’s energy levels you should contact your veterinary before making any wholesale changes to ensure your dog’s diet is the culprit.
About The Author:
Jenny Nolan loves to spend her time looking after excitable young puppy Roxy as well as contributing to her family run pet blog Cleaner Paws with Mom Sue.