Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs

Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs

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Our four-legged Dogs are just as prone to sensitive stomach issues as humans, they just can’t tell us about it. But with some simple adjustments—like feeding him the right dog food for sensitive stomachs, and maybe adding healthy supplements to his diet—your dog’s tummy can be as healthy as it was when he was a pup.

What we put in our best friends’ bodies affects them just as much as what we put into ours (if not more), especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs. The wrong dog food can lead to stomach sensitivity, occasional vomiting, loose stools, and even flatulence. 🙁

Read on for all the info you need to get him going again, and back to his optimal, playful self…

Normally, it seems like your dog can do anything. He can chase after a tennis ball faster than a cheetah and jump and catch anything—no matter how high or how far. Your dog can conquer any hiking trail, weather the toughest of conditions, and will always be at your side for any adventure. But as strong as he is, he seems to be at the mercy of one thing: an upset tummy. An upset stomach can strike down even the toughest of dogs. Don’t despair… You and Fido can be back out exploring the world and having fun soon!

How to Tell if Your Dog has a Sensitive Stomach

Here are some common signs of a sensitive stomach your dog might exhibit:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Hypersalivation
  • Occasional vomiting
  • Loose stools
  • Flatulence

Having a sensitive stomach is a common condition that needs to be addressed if you want your furry best friend to be active and thrive.

What Causes Sensitive Stomachs in Dogs?

Some dogs are just born with sensitive stomachs while others aren’t. Some can develop them later when they get older. Some dogs, just like some people, can be sensitive to some food ingredients.

Sometimes, a sensitive stomach could be a sign of a more serious problem. Although the chances of anything serious would be low, a trip to the vet can rule out more serious issues and would put your mind at ease. Remember that dog food can get expensive, especially if you opt to experiment by switching out foods, hoping to find the right one for your dog’s stomach. For the long run, a trip to the vet might actually save you time and money. However, there is one veterinarian-recommended option you could try first… read on or skip down to the probiotics for dogs section below.

With the wide variety of reasons for sensitive stomach, there’s also a wide variety of dog foods that certain dogs can have trouble tolerating. Some dogs are sensitive to certain types of proteins. Other dogs may be needing more fiber or minerals, or maybe it contains too much of something, like fat.

What to Look For in Commercial Dog Foods When Your Dog has a Sensitive Stomach

Protein Source

Some dogs just have trouble digesting certain proteins. For example, if your dog is on a beef based diet, try switching to chicken, lamb, or fish.

Fiber Source

Some dogs need some extra fiber in their diet. In commercial dog food, look out for inulin and psyllium, soluble fibers that act as gentle, bulk-forming laxatives.

Fat Content

Dog foods that are higher in fat are harder to digest than those high in protein or carbohydrates. If fats and oils are listed in the first four ingredients, this can mean that the fat content may be too high for your dog.

    What to look for on dog food packaging

    The tricky part with commercial dog food is that there is such a variety. And because different ingredients affect different dogs in different ways, it just makes it all the harder to really pinpoint the cause. However, there are common qualities that make certain dog foods easily digestible.

    • Less grain – some dogs have difficulty digesting wheat, corn, and other grains.
    • Limiting the number of ingredients – the higher the ingredient count, the higher the chances of having an ingredient that your dog’s stomach won’t agree with.
    • Easily digestible foods as one of the first ingredients – chicken, lamb, brown rice, and potatoes are easily digestible for the vast majority of dogs.
    • Some foods contain added probiotics or yogurt. Others can contain pumpkin or added fibers for better quality stools.

    Homemade Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs

    If most commercial dog foods still don’t sit right with your dog, you can opt for homemade food. Even if the primary food source is commercial dog food, it’s still very beneficial to mix it up with tasty homemade meals.

    Lean, Boiled Chicken or Turkey

    Not only are these tasty, but they are very high in protein with less fiber and fat.

    Canned Tuna

    Make sure it’s canned in water, not in oil. Avoid added seasoning.

    White Rice

    Cheap, bland, but nutritious, white rice is a good option for sensitive stomachs. Make sure it’s fully cooled before giving it to your pooch!

    Boiled Potatoes

    Like white rice, boiled potatoes is another bland but nutritious option for sensitive stomachs. However, it has higher vitamin content, making it a bit more ideal.

    Yogurt

    With high levels of probiotics, yogurt is great for the digestive tract. Offer your dog the plain variety with no sugar, sweeteners or flavorings.

    Probiotics Health Treats for Dogs Can Help!

    Stomach sensitivity is one of the most common ailments for all types of dogs and can hinder your dog’s energy and activity. Adding probiotic health treats for dogs as supplements to store-bought or homemade food can be a work wonders for your dog’s sensitive stomach and overall health.

    Probiotics are natural “good bacteria” that aid digestion, as well as many other health benefits. By enhancing the digestive process, it facilitates the removal of harmful toxins.

    Whatever the specific reason is for stomach sensitivity (i.e., too much fat, not enough fiber, etc.), adding probiotics can be a healthy, efficient, and inexpensive way to help balance your dog’s gut health.

    TIP: Check out our article on the advantages and sources of Probiotics for Dogs for more on why dogs need them and what to look for.

    Adding probiotics can help with sensitive stomach issues
    Always be watchful of what your dog eats and be aware of the quality of his poo. With some exploration of what foods feel right and adding some health treats to his diet, you can help prevent stomach sensitivity from slowing him down and holding both of you back from enjoying activities together.

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    Probiotics for Dogs: Why Dogs Need Them and What to Look For

    Probiotics for Dogs: Why Dogs Need Them and What to Look For

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    The 10-second version: Probiotics for dogs can be just as effective as they are for humans, and help with issues ranging from digestion (constipation and diarrhea), to immune systems and even brain function. Wondering if they might help your FBFF (furry BFF) and how to get the most out of it for his health? Read on.

    What are Probiotics?

    Probiotics are seemingly everywhere now. You’ve probably seen shelves of grocery stores lined with yogurt, specialty drinks, and foods that scream out “Great source of probiotics!”

    We are still in the early stages of discovering all the benefits of the “good bacteria” called probiotics, and there’s more to come. In addition to aiding digestion, there have been discoveries of how our gut health is also linked to other areas of our bodies: the good bacteria that line the gastrointestinal tract, which is full of neurons, can also benefit our brain function, cognitive development, and even our mood.

    And since many animals have gut bacteria in their digestive systems, probiotics can keep our dogs healthy and active as well!

    When Your Dog Can Benefit from Probiotics

    Picture this: Before the road trip to the campsite, it’s time to have your dog do his business. The tent, the camp stove, water, fishing gear, everything’s all loaded up except your family. He walks over to his usual spot, engages in the doggy-poo squat and stares at you. And as usual, you turn your head away from the awkwardness.

    You know how long he needs, but when you look in his direction to see what’s up, he’s still in his potty squat, still glaring at you. You watch his poop inching out in a glacial pace. Or worse yet, you go to scoop it up, but it feels more like ricotta cheese.

    Probiotics can help with bowel movements

    He ate nothing out of the ordinary (that you know of). Did he not drink enough water? Is he stressed? What could you have given him to ease his bowels?

    Because of aging, sickness, stress, or general poor health, gut bacteria are sometimes damaged or destroyed, which can cause intestinal and general digestive problems. If your dog is suffering from constipation or diarrhea or seems to get sick more often than normal, it may be beneficial to add probiotics to his diet.

    What Do Probiotics Do for Dogs?

    Not only do probiotics improve a dog’s gut, they also support the brain, digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and the immune system.

    1. Probiotics Boost Dogs’ Immune Systems

    The gut and the immune system are intricately linked. Especially with active, outdoorsy dogs, viruses and bacteria can enter the body through the mouth, but thankfully, probiotics live starting at the esophagus and throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract. Maintaining the good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check throughout the entire digestive system.

    If you see your dog getting sick for no obvious reason, it may be time to add probiotics to his diet.

    2. Probiotics Aid in Digestion

    Probiotics have positive effects on the entire digestive system. By enhancing the digestive process, it facilitates the removal of harmful toxins. If your dog has been on antibiotics, probiotics can help replace the good bacteria that may have been wiped out.

    If your dog has diarrhea, constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome, it may be time to try probiotics.

    probiotics help with digestion

    3. Probiotics are Good for the Brain

    The gut is filled with nerve cells, so probiotics in the gut can also boost brain function. This is what’s known as the gut-brain axis, and scientists are continuing to discover more links. Probiotics synthesize some important hormones, such as serotonin, and can affect your dog’s mood. Anxiety and depression can be linked to your dog’s gut health.

    probiotics can boost brain health

    Sources of Probiotics for Dogs

    There are many “human” foods that are also good for dogs, and many are full of probiotics that benefit our overall health.

    Fermented Veggies

    fermented vegetables can be a good source of probiotics for dogs

    Some dogs are finicky. Others scarf anything down as long as it’s edible. The smell and sour taste of fermented vegetables can be a complete hit or miss, so a little patience is required.

    The fermentation process causes microbes to break down raw vegetables so they’re more easily digestible, and also produces lactic acid that kills off harmful bacteria.

    It’s a good idea to introduce fermented veggies slowly. Sauerkraut, carrots, and even kimchi are good examples of fermented vegetables for dogs.

    Yogurt

    yogurt can be a good source of probiotics for dogs

    Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, but make sure it’s free of any sweeteners (both natural and artificial). Look for yogurt that has a lot of cultures and less lactose, like plain Greek-style yogurt. It’s also rich in calcium and protein.

    Kefir

    kefir can be a good source of probiotics for dogs

    Kefir is loaded with good bacteria, so it’s one of the most powerful and efficient sources of probiotics that you can give to your dog. Kefir is rich in Vitamin B1, B12, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin K and biotin. It’s also rich in minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.

    Dirt (Let Your Dog Be a Dog!)

    dirt can be a good source of probiotics for dogs and good for the immune system

    Yes, you read that right. Let him play in the dirt! Most dogs love digging and frolicking around in the mud for reasons our adult human minds can’t fathom. Oddly enough, it’s instinctual and a natural way to build up his overall immune system. So let him indulge in nature and maybe even join in on the dirty revelry.

    Probiotics Supplements

    Probiotic Supplements for Dogs

    There are lots of sources of probiotics you can try. However, there are times when the most efficient and time-saving method is by giving them a supplement. Offering healthy food and adding probiotics supplements is one of the best ways to your active dog healthy for years to come.

    What to Look for When Choosing Probiotic Supplements for Dogs

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    Prebiotics

    Make sure it has both prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics nourish the probiotic bacteria and keep them active. This is what is known as symbiotics.

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    No-Cook Process

    Make sure they’re the supplements aren’t cooked or heated when they’re made, as that can kill off most of the digestive enzymes for dogs.

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    Bonus Ingredient: Psyllium Husk

    Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber that works very well as a laxative, so if your dog has constipation, this would be especially helpful. It’s also a prebiotic that supports the good bacteria of the dog’s colon.

    Our Gut Feeling

    There’s a saying that the gut is the “second brain.” With so many neurons throughout the gut and the gastrointestinal tract, it’s no wonder why the gut has been traditionally linked with moods. Phrases like “gut instinct,” “gut-wrenching,” and “butterflies in my stomach” all point to the connection of our overall well-being and our guts. This is also true for our dogs and other animals.

    One thing is clear: probiotics for dogs are a great way to keep your dog going… and going regularly.
    probiotics can improve gut bacteria

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    Exercises for Older Dogs

    Exercises for Older Dogs

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    As our dogs get older, we watch them slow down, have a bit less energy, gain weight easier, and maybe get mopier (just like us!). You can tell in her eyes that there may be something she wants to tell you but can’t due to tremendous differences in speech anatomy.

    Hip and joint pain are common issues for older dogs. This would be very obvious during exercise, as you watch your once outdoorsy, adventurous dog start to slow down and maybe struggle to keep up. These signs are also apparent in simple activities, like hopping into the car and climbing up and down the stairs. When you see your dog struggling, you should be watchful for two of the most common ailments that come with older age: arthritis and hip dysplasia. Fortunately, exercises for aging dogs can help!

    Signs that aging is taking a toll on your dog’s joints

    It’s that time of day and even before you reach for her leash, her head perks up, eyes wide with excitement, ears honed in on your usual call.

    As she saunters over, tail wagging, you also go grab the ball flinger and realize that it’s been a while since you’ve both played in the grassy park just blocks away. She sees the toy and gets as excited as ever!

    Reaching your favorite spot at the park, she looks up at you, then eyes the ball, eager to play fetch like the good old days. Seeing your grin, her body quivers with excitement as you wind up to launch. She turns and bolts after it, razor focussed on the flying object as only a dog can. When the ball lands, she stumbles a bit as she slows down to pick it up. Her run back to you is more of a slow gallop, and then you remember why don’t let her run alongside you on your bike rides anymore.

    old dog walking

    She’s no longer that rambunctious pup almost a decade ago. She looks at you with those eyes, urging you to throw it again. This is still her time with you, and nothing will stop her from entertaining you. But it’s your job as a dog-parent to know when it’s time to take it easy and take some proactive steps to keep her in the best health you can. And that means knowing what ailments are affecting her and what you can do to help her.

    Aging Joint Issue 1: Arthritis in Dogs

    When seeing your dog slowing down and being less active, it’s easy to just assume that’s it’s just a part of aging. To some extent, this is true. However, as with humans, aging comes with health issues that need more attention and more care, and as dog owners, it’s our loving duty to make the years as comfortable and happy as possible.

    Unfortunately, we can easily miss the early warning signs of arthritis because dogs, being the brave, loyal fur-buddies that they are, tend to actively hide discomfort and pain until they become severe.

    Here are some signs of arthritis in dogs:

    • Stiffness (particularly after rest)
    • Slow gait
    • Licking of joints
    • Reluctant to climb stairs
    • Has accidents in the house

    One of the causes of arthritis in dogs is years of stress on the joints. The more active the lifestyle, the more stress there would be on the joints; therefore it’s even more important to be watchful when living with an active dog.

    Your vet may have many suggestions for treatment, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. Weight management and exercise can reduce weight, especially on the already inflamed joints. Glucosamine supplement treats can help alleviate pain and stress on the joints.

    Joint Issue 2: Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

    Canine hip dysplasia is a disease of the hip when the ball and socket joints of the hips rub and grind instead of sliding smoothly. This mostly affects larger breeds but can be suffered by smaller dogs as well.

    The signs of hip dysplasia in dogs are similar to arthritis, but there are more obvious issues with the hindquarters:

    • Having a narrower stance of the hind legs
    • Grating in the joint when moving
    • Loss of thigh muscle mass
    • Noticeable enlargement of shoulders (due to compensating for the loss of thigh muscle mass)

    Only your vet can diagnose hip dysplasia. If surgery isn’t necessary, your vet may recommend weight loss, easier exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications.

    Best exercises for older dogs with joint problems

    Your own doctor probably told you that exercise is one of the most effective preventive measures against the onset of ailments related to aging, and this is also true for dogs as well. It’s sometimes hard to know what’s too little, or what’s too much. Every dog is different, so it’s up to you, the loyal human, to be watchful and careful when taking her out on your adventures.

    When a dog is active and healthy, it will help stave off obesity and joint pain, which are so common in mature dogs. Below are several exercises that are easier but still enough for your old pup.

    A good old walk

    Dogs LOVE to walk, and even if they’re older, they can still act as if everything they see, hear, and sniff is just as exciting as the first time. But rather than a full-on hike, your older dog would benefit from a slower pace.

    You’ll need to be more mindful of other factors that you may haven’t thought of.

    • Check the outside temperature. If it’s too hot, your dog can tire quickly, and if it’s too cold, her old bones would feel the chill, so a nice doggy sweater or coat would help. Those little dog boots can help.
    • Check the surface. Uneven surfaces can add strain to your dog, possibly making them less steady on their feet. Depending on the severity of your dog’s joint conditions, try staying on flatter surfaces. A harness would be useful in case of accidental slips or falls.
    • Try sticking to familiar routes. Again, this really depends on the dog. Remember that older dogs can have “senior moments,” due to a reduced sense of sight, hearing, and smell. This can lead to anxiety. New, sudden changes can alarm the dog, so keeping to familiar paths will keep the walk stress-free and happy. Remember that for your dog, it’s not about the route, it’s all about just being happy by your side.
    good old dog walk

    Fetch and frisbee with your dog

    As we can see from the earlier example of the ball flinger in the park, it would be time to adjust how high or how far she should go. She just won’t be able to jump as high as she used to. Keep the trajectory lower so she doesn’t have to jump and keep the distance short.

    Keep the play short, and remember to be watchful of her energy. If you see her fatigued or panting heavily, have her rest up. For a dog, your praise and satisfaction could be a higher priority than her own health, so it’s very possible that she could overexert herself without realizing it.

    old dog plays fetch and frisbee

    Also, remember to stay near a shade and plenty of water for hydration.

    Tug-of-war with your dog

    Strangely enough, a game of tug-of-war isn’t the best for puppies or younger dogs because it tends to enforce dominance. But since your dog is now a wise, seasoned companion who’s “been there, done that,” a game of tug-of-war can be ideal.

    The act of pulling is good for toning her entire body, especially the jaw, neck, and shoulders. But be gentle: you don’t want to sprain anything and have her lose a tooth!

    tug of war exercise with an old dog

    Swimming for aging dogs

    Again, just like for humans, swimming is probably one of the best exercises, especially for older dogs with joint issues. The water makes her lighter, freeing her joints from her own weight while allowing her muscles to do more work. She’ll enjoy it more if you get into the water with her, so get out your swimsuit, jump in and doggy-paddle right beside her!

    swimming exercise with old dog

    Natural anti-inflammatories for dogs

    In addition to anti-inflammatory medicine that’s suggested by your vet, you can opt for natural ways to reduce low-grade inflammation. Below are some natural alternatives that are safe for dogs.

    Turmeric

    Turmeric has curcumin and other anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain and stiffness. It’s a good idea to start out slow, especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach.

    Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, is also an antioxidant that can help to slow down degeneration and aging.

    turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory for old dogs

    Hawthorn

    Hawthorn can also be a good choice for dogs. The herb helps to stabilize collagen, which is protein found in joints. Hawthorn also aids in circulation, which helps to get rid of toxins.

    hawthorn as a natural anti-inflammatory for old dogs

    Glucosamine for dogs

    Glucosamine has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it one of the best supplement for dogs with joint pain or stiffness. Glucosamine can help improve mobility and down slow the aging process in your dog’s joints.

    “No one knows exactly what the mechanism of action is, but the supplement, an amino sugar, appears to improve the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, one of the building blocks of cartilage. This is the tough connective tissue that cushions bones at the joints. The theory is that the supplement somehow stimulates chondrocytes or DNA activity that protects against joint degradation.” — American Kennel Club [1]

    If your dog already has conditions of hip and joint pain, including arthritis and canine hip dysplasia, glucosamine can ease discomfort and pain, leading to more years spent being active and adventurous. Starting early could benefit your dog’s overall health and mobility.

    In order to ensure that your dog has the nutrition to help with hip and joint issues, we developed an all natural supplement treat specifically for hip and joint health. And don’t worry, we use our no-heat no-cook process to keep 100% potency. And with the tasty natural chicken flavor, your dog will love it!

    Adding a regular supplement rich in glucosamine and chondroitin work wonders for hip and joint issues, and for overall long-term health. And since you and your dog love to be active together, especially into her senior years, adding this simple addition to her diet will keep her happy, mobile, and active for many more trips and adventures to come.

    Things to keep in mind when it comes to your aging dog’s joints

    As dog owners, we know living with a dog is one of the best things in the world, but part of the downside is how they age so quickly when compared with humans. The more we age, time seems to go faster and faster. It may only seem like just a few years ago when your dog was that feisty frolicky pup, always chasing and following you, always 100% interested in whatever you were doing.

    Aging is a bittersweet part of life, and as we watch our dogs age, it’s our time to give back for all the years of joy they’ve given us. The best way to show our love is to give them as comfortable as possible while still including them in our adventures.

    a couple with their old dog

    By just being aware of their condition, by feeding them healthier food and treats, and by making sure they know they’re part of the family no matter what, our dogs will live out the rest of their days with the same amount of happiness that they’ve always given us.

    Sources:

    American Kennel Club, (2016, Feb. 23) What Is Glucosamine For, and Can It Help Dogs?

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    Top Ways to Get Your Dog to Eat That (Health) Treat!

    Top Ways to Get Your Dog to Eat That (Health) Treat!

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    Ever hand your dog a healthy treat but he wants nothing to do with it? You tease. You negotiate. You beg. You scold. But no matter what, he won’t budge. Thinking you’re clever, you may have tried hiding it in his food. But after his meal, you found that one morsel that’s different from all the rest of the crumbs, pristine and in very uneaten condition.

    “Come on, you eat Everything,” you plead. “If you don’t eat this, then you’re not camping with us!” Of course, he knows you’re bluffing. Today he wins the battle, but not the war. You’re patient and time is on your side (or so you tell yourself).

    We have a confession to make … only 98% of dogs love the taste of our Active Chews. But we know that our formula can help 100% of dogs who need it and we tattooed “no dog left behind” on our intern last summer. We’ve put together a list of ways to get even the most finicky eater dosed up on the healthy treats they need.

    6 Tricks to Get Your Dog to Eat Health Supplements

    1. The Jaws

    With your non-dominant hand, grab the upper jaw with on hand to stabilize his head. With your other hand, open his mouth and place the treat as far back of the tongue as possible without gagging. Then rub the bottom of his chin and neck: this helps him swallow.

    If he’s sticking his tongue out or licking his lips, it means he swallowed!

    2. The Hot-Dog

    You don’t have to have a schnauzer to try this one, just a food that you know he loves, such as a piece of hotdog, peanut butter, or cream cheese (this is actually very effective because dogs can’t smell through cream cheese… and it coats the stomach smoothly). Hide the healthy treat inside the food and your dog will very likely just eat it up. Don’t feel too bad about giving him human food, but try to use healthier or leaner options.

    Also, it’s OK to cook the food, but don’t cook the health treat itself, because cooking kills much of the supplement’s potency. (It’s why we don’t cook Active Chews health treats).

    If you insist on not feeding your dog human food, you can try pill pockets. These are really meant for medicine but can work for supplements just as well. Just note that these aren’t very cost effective.

    If you’re concerned about the calories, it shouldn’t be a big deal since food amounts are small. And since your dog is an energetic, active dog, he’d be burning up those extra calories anyway!

    3. The Crush and Grind

    No, this isn’t about reliving your junior prom, it’s a way to sneak extra nutrition into your pup’s diet. Take the health treat and crush it into little pieces, or grind it up into an almost powder consistency. Sprinkle it all over your dog’s food. He’ll have no choice but to eat up all the nutrition you know he needs.

    4. The Stealthy Smoothie

    Smoothies seem to be on everyone’s lips these days (quite literally) and they don’t have to be enjoyed by just us humans. Many things we put in our smoothies can be enjoyed by our dogs as well! Here’s one recipe to try: Banana-Carrot-Peanut Butter+Health Treat Smoothie:

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 peeled banana (sliced)
    • 1 cup of carrots (chopped)
    • 2 – 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
    • 1 cup of water or chicken stock
    • The health treat

    Using a blender, blend it all up until you get a smooth, creamy texture. And voila! Your dog will be slurping it up all those nutrients like there’s no tomorrow.

    5. The Drop and Ignore

    Leave the healthy treat on the floor and pretend to not know about. Act as if you have no stake in him eating it whatsoever, that you couldn’t care less. Maybe he needs some privacy before eventually giving in to his curiosity. When you’re not in the room, his natural dog instinct should take over and get him to inspect it some more. His dog-logic would deduce that the only real solution is to just gobble it up. Reverse psychology can work on dogs too!

    6. The Praise

    If he actually does eat that supplement for the first time, train him so that the supplement is now a part his life. Just as you trained him to sit, heel, and do his business, eating that healthy treat is just another thing you have to train him for.

    So once he eats that treat, make it a celebration! Do the “good boy” voice, clap your hands, hug, kiss, or do whatever dance that signals to him that you’re proud of him. Act as if this was the greatest thing he’s ever done.

    Your dog will eventually make the association between the healthy treat and human praise. Just like how you now appreciate broccoli as an adult, he’ll know that the healthy treat is good for him. He’ll learn that the initial not-so-yummy taste is a very small price to pay for him to see you so pleased and happy.

    Patience is a Virtue

    Remember, you’re training your dog with a new habit, so It’s important to keep the big picture in mind. It’s OK to get frustrated when he refuses to take his supplement. But don’t give up. Like many other worthwhile endeavors, it could take time and experimentation to get it right. Eventually, your dog will learn to eat healthy treats willingly without the “tricks.” You just have to be patient, consistent, and loving.

    How to Treat Dry, Flaky Skin and Hot Spots on Dogs

    How to Treat Dry, Flaky Skin and Hot Spots on Dogs

     

    Natural Ways to Treat Dry, Flaky Skin and Hot Spots on Dogs

    (So you can both spend more time enjoying life, and less time yelling at her to stop scratching.)

    There’s nothing better than spending a cool autumn afternoon hiking on the wooded trails with your best friend.

    Wherever you go, she’s just a few steps behind, engrossed in sniffing out the fallen leaves, branches, nearby rocks, or whatever her nose finds interesting. Sometimes she bolts in front of you as if she needs to keep watch out for whatever may be lurking ahead, stopping to turn back to you with a triumphant look, tail wagging for praise. But today, something is a bit off. She doesn’t have the dog-like perpetual curiosity of everything in her way. There’s just a slight less pep in her steps. You find yourself having to slow down on the trail because she keeps stopping to scratch.

    Your dog’s dry skin can ruin more than just your hike

    You tell her “no,” to stop, in that special stern voice reserved only for your dog, but she won’t listen and keeps scratching as soon as your back is turned. Sometimes she nibbles on the same area. Fearing fleas or parasites, you run your fingers through the fur to see a pinkish red spot, flaking and painful looking. You kick yourself for not noticing that she’s been doing this since the morning. Like us, dogs often suffer from dry skin. When we humans suffer from it, we have lotions and ointments that we can just rub them on our hairless skins and carry on with our lives. Dogs have fur (and no opposable thumbs), so slathering lotion on them isn’t really an option.

    Dog biting her itchy dog skin

    Not only is dry skin itchy and very uncomfortable, it can also be painful, especially when the area turns into a hot spot.

    5 signs that your dog has dry skin

    Here are the most common signs that your dog has dry skin:

    1. She keeps scratching at the same spot. Although scratching is usually nothing to worry about, as a dog parent, you’ll know when something is a bit off or excessive.
    2. Sometimes the dog can rub herself up against objects (like furniture, rocks, etc.) to relieve all the itching. They’re not marking their territory: cats do this.
    3. When grooming or petting her, you see little white or off-white flakes falling off. This is basically the same as dandruff, and I’m sure you’d agree that this isn’t ideal.
    4. You notice a slight bald spot where the hair fell off.
    5. You see red, painful looking hot spots. With longer haired dogs, you can see wet scabs in the fur. This happens when the dog constantly scratches one area, sometimes resorting to licking and nibbling to numb the pain (or because they’re just being dogs). This inflammation often leads to infection.

    What causes dry skin on dogs?

    Allergies

    You and your dog aren’t homebodies, sitting in air-conditioned spaces most of the day. Because you’re outdoor adventurers, she’s even more prone to all the allergens that are flying around. Yes, dogs get allergies just like people do. Seasonal allergies such as pollen, grass, feathers, fur, can all lead to dry skin on dogs. If untreated, these allergies can cause atopic dermatitis, which causes dry skin, itching, swelling, and inflammation. This can even lead to infection.

    Parasites

    Bites from parasites irritate the skin and the saliva from parasites can even cause allergic reactions for many dogs. Fleas can cause excessive scratching and even biting (particularly in the rear and tail areas). Mites can cause dandruff and flaky skin. After activity outdoors, always check your dog for parasites.

    Under or over-grooming

    Dogs need to be groomed regularly (once a month for short hairs to once a week for long hairs) to get rid of that dead skin and fur. If you don’t brush your dog regularly, all the dead skin can mix with the fur and can build up to the surface of the skin. With that said, grooming too much can be abrasive, causing dry skin.

    Irritating shampoos

    We should always use shampoo that’s specifically made for dogs. Human shampoos actually dry out and irritate your dog’s skin. This would inevitably result in itching, flaking, and redness.

    Cold weather

    When the weather gets colder, the skin needs to adjust to the constant temperature shifts of modern life. A breezy hike outdoors suddenly changes to a nap back inside the heated house: this can take a toll on the active outdoorsy dog. It’s especially common for this to happen in seasonal transition periods, like summer-fall and fall-winter.

    Nutrient deficiency in their diet

    Sometimes, your dog may not be getting the nutrients that are necessary for healthy skin and a shiny coat. This is the most common cause for dry, flaky skin, and fortunately, there are natural supplements you can add for optimal nutrition.

    5 natural ways to treat your dog’s dry skin

    We know that vet visits can be expensive. It’s probably the main reason why you put off taking your itchy pooch to the vet, and this is totally understandable. And since the majority of dry skin isn’t serious (if treated relatively early), we can treat them ourselves without breaking the bank. There are all-natural, inexpensive remedies, and many can be found as close as your pantry or refrigerator. And you may not have to break out the cone-of-shame.

    Natural fish oil for dogs

    1. Plain Yogurt

    Plain yogurt keeps the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines in balance and helps prevent yeast infections. A little bit of yogurt in your dog’s diet is not only healthy, but it can boost the immune system.

    2. Chamomile Tea

    Chamomile tea can relieve minor irritations. Make sure it’s room temperature or chilled. Have a small spray bottle handy and spray on dry or itchy spots. The tea can kill bacteria on the skin and relieves inflammation.

    3. Ground Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is an age-old remedy for itchy, inflamed skin that people have been using for many years, and it’s just as effective for dogs. You can find baby oatmeal cereal at your grocery store or grind regular (flavorless) oatmeal yourself in your blender. Pour it in warm bath water. Your dog will love it, even if she’s one of those who hates baths!

    4. Apple Cider Vinegar with Corn Starch (for Hot Spots)

    Treating hot spots is a bit more involved but you can still do it naturally with apple cider vinegar and some corn starch. Clip the hair around the hotspot to prevent it from getting into the wound and making the infection worse. With a moist cotton ball or gauze, dampen it with warm water and wipe to remove any dirt, loose hair or pus. Clean the area with apple cider vinegar. Pour some over a cotton ball and gently apply it to the affected area a few times a day. Finally, sprinkle the area with cornstarch to dry it off. This would also smoothe the skin, making your dog more comfortable.

    5. Natural Fish Oil

    Without a doubt, this is the easiest way to treat and prevent dry dog skin. In addition to treating and preventing dry or flaky skin, natural fish oil supplements can help develop a stronger immune system, a healthier brain, and heart. Getting it into your FBFF’s diet can be a little challenging, but it doesn’t have to be!

    Adding natural fish oil for dogs into their diet

    Unfortunately, many store-bought processed dog foods may not have the necessary potency of fatty acids, the biochemicals that are necessary for healthy skin and coat, because they’re heated to high temperatures; they’re essentially burned off and no longer active by the time the food is in your dog’s bowl. When choosing fish oil supplements, check to see if they have the following features:

    • Used the no-heat no-cook process to ensure that the omega-3 hasn’t been burned off (baked treats can loser over 50% potency).
    • More than just salmon oil. A blend of other fish has more potency.
    • It needs to be delicious: there’s no point if your dog won’t eat it!
    Dog catching fish for natural fish oil for dogs

    Natural fish oil can help relieve and prevent dry skin, flaking and hot spots in dogs, as well as develop a stronger immune system, a healthier brain, and heart… but they can’t always get it themselves!

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