September 7, 2021 by Pinnacle Pet
Many people spend a lot of time thinking about their own dietary health, but fewer people think as often about the dietary health of their dogs. The result is that many dogs experience varying health conditions that go unaddressed. The good news is that many canine health conditions can be handled by putting your dog on an appropriate diet. Here are three reasons to put your dog on a diet.
Some dogs have food allergies that may cause them to itch and scratch themselves. For a dog, this can be a very uncomfortable condition that causes all sorts of problems. Some telltale signs that your dog may have a food allergy include diarrhea and excessive gas. Some of the most common food allergies dogs have are eggs, beef, dairy, chicken, wheat, and soy. If your dog is exhibiting these behaviors, it’s best to consult your vet. Be sure to note exactly what your dog has been eating, so your vet can help identify the culprit.
Many dogs become overweight as a result of one or more factors. Many household dogs struggle to get enough exercise. Other dogs may be eating too much, and some dogs could have a nutritional deficiency. If your dog is overweight, it’s important to understand the reason. Your dog may just need some more exercise without adjusting its diet. However, your vet may recommend that your dog eat less or change foods to a higher fiber alternative.
If your dog has a problem with frequent bladder stones, your veterinarian may recommend changes in your dog’s diet. A veterinarian will recommend a therapeutic diet in order to reduce the supply of certain minerals which are creating stones in your dog’s bladder. It is essential to consult a vet to understand your dog’s symptoms and what may be causing them.
Interested in learning more about canine health? Read Pinnacle Pet’s recent blog on the importance of OFA certifications.