Best Senior Dog Food Toppers For Sensitive Stomachs

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As dogs age, their stomachs can 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 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 toppers made from human-grade meats, vegetables, and grains.

Below is information on how to spot a sensitive stomach and/or digestive issues in your senior dog and how to potentially correct them through a change in dog food.

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What Is A Sensitive Stomach In Senior Dogs

While the term “sensitive stomach” in senior dogs can be a vague medical term, it’s often used to describe specific digestive issues 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 older 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 senior dog might 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 a senior dog. With 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 senior dog adjusts to the new dog food—this is part of the reason why veterinarians always advise a gradual transition when switching dog foods. However, if the diarrhea doesn’t improve after a few days, you should consider that there may be something in the dog 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 treats, you might need to try different dog foods with varying protein types to determine which is best for your dog. Check with your veterinarian if you have trouble finding a dog 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 might have been eating for some time. This is caused by natural changes in the ability of senior dogs 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 sensitive stomachs, 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 dog food that your senior dog will love, one which is full of nutrients. 

Portland Pet Food Company Dog Food Toppings And Treats

At Portland Pet Food Company, we make natural, healthy dog food toppings and gluten-free, grain-free dog treats – from ingredients that are sourced in the U.S.

Our meals 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 the additional stress required to digest dry dog food or raw dog food. 

Our Recommendations for Senior Dogs With Sensitive Stomachs

Our dog treats contain no additives or preservatives, and we have grain-free and gluten-free options in the dog food toppings and treats.

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