We all love our dogs and want to do our best for them – and helping to improve your dog’s digestion can help to improve his overall health and wellbeing.
Why? – the more efficiently your dog absorbs his food, the more efficiently he produces energy. And with more energy he’s going to enjoy long walks and play time. This means he’ll sleep better – and so will you!
So, let’s take a look at the doggy digestive cycle …
- His mouth and his teeth – where he’s ‘breaking down’ his food.
- Oesophagus – this connects his mouth and his tummy.
- Stomach – here the food, still only partially digested, is stored and continues to break down.
- Small Intestine – the first part of his intestinal tract helping to absorb nutrients.
- Large Intestine – the last part of his intestinal tract, leading to the anus.
- Pancreas – producing the enzyme to break down fat, carbohydrate and protein.
- Liver – producing bile and substances that enter the bloodstream to metabolise those carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
- Colon – here food waste turns into fecal matter and is stored until …. you know what!
That’s the anatomic description but how can YOU help improve your dog’s digestion?
- Exercise – his system can store significant amounts of food for a long time as it turns the food into energy. The more exercise – or energy – that your dog uses, the quicker his digestive cycle turns the food into ‘caloric energy’. So, it’s important to try to balance his food intake with his energy output.
- High Protein/Low Fat Diet – Dogs are, of course, carnivorous animals and what he eats affects the bacteria present in his gut. Research suggests a high protein/low fat diet helps to improve digestion.
- Raw Foods – The natural enzymes present in raw meat can help to supplement his own which helps to break down and digest his food. Vets will sometimes suggest supplementing with raw foods if your dog has digestive problems.
- Prebiotics and Fermented Foods – these contain high levels of microbes which help to produce those good bacteria that are needed for a healthy digestive system.
- Vitamins and Supplements – these can help you control your dog’s nutrient intake on a daily basis.
What can go wrong with his digestive cycle? Some of the symptoms you may notice are constipation, obesity, low energy levels, vomiting, white gums, diarrhoea, dehydration or even breathing issues. The biggest cause for concern being persistent vomiting and diarrhoea which may require a visit to your Vet to check that there is no serious underlying issue.
You can help to improve your dog’s digestive health with probiotics that promote the good bacteria, helping to keep his GI tract moving and support overall gut health. Buddy & Lola’s Happy Tummyis simply sprinkled onto his food daily at the recommended dosage to balance gut bacteria and boost gut health. It supports immunity and helps with IBS too and even itchy skin. It’s gentle on sensitive stomachs and suitable for all ages and breeds of dogs.