Just like humans, dogs are quite prone to common illnesses. Therefore, if your family has a four-legged member, it is important to pay close attention to its diet as well. Proper diet can do wonders in preventing health problems that typically affect dogs. It’s worth pointing out as well that when canines get sick, one of the solutions vets always recommend is proper nutrition.
It’s crucial to point out, however, that there is specific nutrition required to address canine health woes – it’s not like a one-size-fits-all situation. To give you a better idea on the right kind of nutrition to outwork common dog illnesses, rounded up below are six dog health problems and the kind of nutrition required to help treat them.
1. Skin Allergies
Itchiness, rashes, and blisters are all manifestations of skin allergies in dogs, and to calm them down, you can use different strategies. One is by conducting a thorough home cleaning to get rid of allergens. Another is by making some changes in their diet.
When it comes to modifying your dog’s diet, vets often recommend avoiding certain ingredients in doggie meals. The removal of grains from the diet helps especially for dogs that are quite sensitive to gluten.
Likewise, shifting from chicken and beef, which can be quite allergenic for certain canines, to novel proteins such as duck, fish and venison can also ease skin woes.
This is the most common illness that afflicts aging dogs. You can delay and actually prevent the onset of arthritis in your beloved canine by paying attention to its diet and nutrition.
Opting for dog food that is formulated specifically for aging dogs is one way of ensuring that there are no ingredients in your dog’s meals that can trigger arthritis. Likewise, it can ensure your dog maintains proper weight. A healthy weight is a vital component in arthritis prevention and should be maintained for aging canines.
A lot of dogs suffer from this weight problem because of human intervention. Most of the time, out of great fondness for the loving furry members of their family, people tend to overfeed their dogs. And, in a lot of cases, the food given to dogs is not ideal for them.
Human food is a big no-no because it is often loaded with salt, sugar, and fats. Lean proteins and vegetables from specially formulated dog food should be the consistent “feed” for dogs to effectively manage their weight.
This is another health issue among dogs. To prevent it, it’s crucial to avoid dog food that is high in carbohydrates. Dogs just need a small amount of carbohydrates in their diet and should get more proteins instead.
It helps to bring in fibrous ingredients into the mix for meals as well. A high-fiber diet is a reliable solution against diabetes. It can actually reverse the illness and restore good health in your dog. Green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pulp are just some of the best fibrous foods to feed canines.
5. Vomiting and Diarrhea
There are different reasons why dogs experience these conditions but, like with all other illnesses that plague canines, correct nutrition is the solution. More often than not, vomiting and diarrhea are due to the consumption of inappropriate foods like chocolate, bacon and sweets.
Therefore, going back to healthy food options such as boiled organic potatoes, skinless chicken, and other lean and light ingredients are what it takes to restore your dog’s good health.
6. Lower Urinary Tract Problems
A change in diet and nutrition can help prevent everything — from incontinence to bacterial infections, and bladder stones.
One “nutritional” strategy that helps is adding lemon to the water dogs drink. This will not only boost health, it will also prevent bladder crystals from forming.
Another solution is shifting to special dog food options. There are formulas with just the right amount of nutrients and boosters to take care of the liver and kidneys, and also contain additional ingredients that can dissolve bladder stones.
Indeed, for the most common dog health woes, dietary and nutritional adjustments can do wonders in reversing such unhealthy conditions. However, to ensure the best results, always consult with and get clearance from your vet first before implementing any dietary changes for your canine.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.