Much like humans, our pets require different nutrition during different stages of their lives. To make matters more complicated, not all pets require the same nutrition, either.
Since our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, it’s up to us to look for the signs that they need different pet food. From flaky skin to a bulging waistline, here are some of the signs that it might be time to change your pet’s food.
It’s likely going to be easy to tell if your pet is having tummy troubles, especially when it is causing changes in the smell or consistency of their poop. This could be caused by an intolerance to the food that they eat. Switching to a different brand might be enough to solve the problem, but some pets might need to switch to a sensitive stomach diet.
Our pets’ diets are a huge factor on their health, and a lack of proper nutrients can cause serious long-term health problems if not corrected. If your pet’s coat is looking dull and their skin is flaky, it might be time to switch to a diet with more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Deficiencies in carbohydrates, vitamins, and other important nutrients can also cause changes in their skin and fur, among other symptoms. A veterinarian can help you identify any nutritional deficiencies that your pet might be experiencing if you are unsure.
At least half of all cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And while that means there’s more to love, it can negatively impact their health, so it’s important to check with your vet to find out what their ideal weight should be.
There are diet pet foods that are usually labeled with things like “weight control” and “healthy weight” that can help your pet trim a couple of pounds. You should also follow portion guidelines, and stop feeding your pet table scraps and other high-calorie treats.
It’s not just the food they eat, either. Aside from switching their food, make sure that your pet is getting adequate exercise, too.
If your pet is excessively itchy, has chronic ear or skin infections, or has developed excessive gassiness, vomiting, or diarrhea, it could be symptoms of a food allergy. Your veterinarian can help you identify the allergen.
They can recommend a prescription diet or a low-allergen diet that will help determine what is causing the symptoms. You’ll also have to stop feeding your pet any people food, table scraps, or treats while trying to identify the allergen.