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Changing Dog Food – How to Evaluate the Effects

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Feb 12

 

Dog Food affects how your dog feels on a daily basis. It also has a significant impact on a dog’s long-term health. That’s why feeding your dog the best dog food can help your furry friend enjoy the highest quality of life. Whether you’ve recently changed your dog’s food or are wondering if it’s time for a change, there are a variety of different signs you can look at to see the type of effect your dog’s food is having:

Coat

Is your dog’s coat shiny and bright or dull and flaky? If it’s the latter, it’s easy to assume that it’s simply the result of the weather or air conditions. However, having a dull and flaky coat is often linked directly to what dog food they’re eating everyday. Making the switch to a diet with ample Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids should remedy this situation. If you make the switch and your dog’s coat fails to improve, you should discuss this issue with your vet.

Energy Levels

Have you noticed a gradual drop in your dog’s energy levels over time? This can indicate an issue with dog food that doesn’t have enough antioxidants  and other nutrients. When you switch to a higher quality food, you should notice your dog’s energy going up. It’s worth noting that if you ever notice a sudden and dramatic drop in your dog’s energy levels, it’s best to bring this change to your vet’s attention.

Weight

If you compare humans eating fast food versus home-cooked meals, the first category is much more likely to lead to weight gain. The same is true for dogs. When they’re eating lower quality dog food, it can be harder for them to maintain a healthy weight. You can help your dog get back to their ideal weight by switching to a higher quality food blend that’s designed to provide all the necessary nutrients with a maintenance level of calories.

Allergies

Many people don’t realize how common allergies are in dogs. Remember to pay special attention to ingredients like corn, wheat, or soy in your dog’s food as these are the most common causes of food-based pet allergies. As with people, there are a variety of reasons a dog may experience allergies  But if you make a dog food change and notice that your dog is suddenly much more itchy than ever before, there’s a good chance it’s directly linked to this change.

Stomach
When you switch a dog from one dog food to another, it’s almost guaranteed that your dog will experience some stomach issues. Fortunately, you can minimize issues like flatulence and loose stool by gradually transitioning from one food to the other. A common recommendation is to make this transition over the course of six days by mixing the two foods and consistently reducing the percentage of the old food.

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