signs to change dog diet

6 Signs You Need To Change Your Dog Diet

How to Know When to Change A Dog Diet

Like humans, dogs require a carefully balanced diet. Providing your dog with the right food can help keep it healthy and free of disease. But, like people, every dog has different needs when it comes to what it eats. Here’s how to tell if you need to make a few simple adjustments to your dog’s diet:

Your dog’s food should change as they age. From puppies to adult and senior dogs, each stage of a dog’s life requires a balanced diet. Puppies grow rapidly, which means they need calorie-dense food to keep them full and active. When dogs reach the adult stage, their dietary needs might shift based on their lifestyle. If your pet leads a relatively sedentary life, it might require different food than a more playful dog. Similarly, senior dogs require a diet that contains the vitamins and minerals they need to fight off disease. 

obese dog

Your pet is at an unhealthy weight. Dogs can be at an unhealthy weight if they are over or underweight. If your dog falls into either category, changing its diet might help. Your vet will be able to provide guidance on what food option is best for your dog. 

Your pup is experiencing diarrhea. If you’ve noticed loose stools or diarrhea, your dog may be having issues digesting its food. Consult with your vet about the best food replacement right away to prevent your dog from satisfying hunger with things like grass or toys. 

itchy dog
Puppy Jack russell with scratching himself and bite fleas.

Your dog is really itchy. Some dogs have allergies that can arise with certain foods. If your dog’s diet contains wheat, corn, or soy, allergies may be the problem. Invest in a natural food option that doesn’t include these kinds of fillers to see if the itching subsides. 

Your dog’s coat is dull. Another sign that it’s time to replace your dog’s food is if its fur looks dull or dry. Your dog may not necessarily be itchy, but if you notice a dullness in your dog’s shine, this could be the result of an improper diet. 

lethargic dog

Your dog is feeling lethargic. If you notice your dog isn’t as rambunctious as it used to be, lethargy from malnutrition could be the issue. Consider the ingredients in your dog’s food, how much they’re eating, and how often. A swap in nutrition could help resolve their lethargy. 

Visit our Healthy Vet Approved Homemade Recipe List to give your dog a healthy long life or watch Videos of Homemade Dog Food Recipes.

Always check with your vet before making any dietary changes to your dog’s routine. You can also schedule a consultation with a Canine Nutritionist, contact us for more information.

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