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As dogs age, their stomachs often become more sensitive, less able to tolerate certain foods and/or a variety of ingredients. We know this firsthand - we started Portland Pet Food Company because we needed a healthier dog food for our senior dog, Rosie (pictured). For older dogs like Rosie that develop sensitive stomachs, the digestive problems are often exacerbated by the poor quality of ingredients that are found in many brands of kibble and canned dog food. In 2014, founder Kate McCarron set out to create something different - fresh dog food meals made from human-grade meats, vegetables, and grains.
Below is information on how to spot a sensitive stomach and/or digestive issues in your dog and how to potentially correct them through a change in diet.
What Is A Sensitive Stomach
While the term “sensitive stomach” in dogs can be a vague medical term, it’s often used to describe specific symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive gas. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of sensitive stomachs in senior dogs and what to do about them.
Causes Of Vomiting In Senior Dogs
Isolated occasional vomiting in senior dogs, for example, is often not a cause for great concern. This is because dogs, including senior dogs, by nature explore the world through their mouths. Because of this, occasionally dogs will eat things that upset their stomachs and cause them to vomit, a natural response. However, if the vomiting persists, or is accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy, then a visit to your veterinarian is in order.
Another cause of vomiting in senior dogs is mechanical the expansion of dry dog food as it becomes moistened by digestive juices in the stomach. While initially your dog may eat an amount that makes it feel full, as the dry dog food expands in the stomach, suddenly the volume becomes too much for the stomach to handle, leading to post-eating vomiting. This is especially common in smaller dogs, which have smaller stomachs and are less able to tolerate changes in food size.
Causes Of Diarrhea In Senior Dogs
In addition to vomiting, diarrhea can also be an indication of a sensitive stomach. In senior dogs, diarrhea can often accompany a food change, especially as dogs transition from dry dog food to wet dog food. Often this symptom will resolve on its own as your dog adjusts to the new dog food—this is part of the reason why veterinarians always advise a gradual transition when switching dog foods sources. However, if the diarrhea doesn’t improve after a few days, one you should consider that there may be something in the food itself that is causing an allergic reaction within your dog.
Causes Of Allergies In Senior Dogs
Common allergies in senior dogs could be to specific proteins or grains and could be accompanied by other signs, such as persistent scratching or a rash. If your senior dog appears to have a sensitive stomach due to an ingredient in dog food or teats, it may require trialing you might need to try different foods with varying protein types to determine which is best for your dog. Check with your veterinarian if you have trouble finding a food that suits your dog’s sensitive stomach.
Why Senior Dogs Develop Sensitive Stomachs
Dogs can develop sensitive stomachs as they age, even to dog food and treats that they may have been eating for some time. This is caused by natural changes in senior dogs’ ability to digest foods as they get older. Just as their legs, eyes, and ears might not work as well as they once did, senior dogs’ stomachs and intestines might not break down and absorb nutrients as efficiently as they once did.
When senior dogs have trouble digesting food, they tend to eat less, which can deprive them of necessary nutrients and cause them to lose weight. That’s why it’s so important to find a food that your senior dog will love, one which is full of nutrients.
Portland Pet Food Company Dog Food Toppings And Treats For Senior Dogs
At Portland Pet Food Company, we make natural, healthy dog food toppings and treats – from ingredients that are sourced in the U.S.
Our dog food meal pouches are gently cooked in our proprietary pouches, which locks in the nutrients of the whole foods we use. This process ensures that those nutrients can be easily absorbed by your senior dog without causing your dog’s stomach the additional stress required to digest dry dog food or raw dog food.
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